Improving Access to Health & Justice Services for the LGBTI Community
This programme works towards addressing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTI community by: 1. Sensitising frontline workers (e.g. SAPS members) on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues as well as the health and justice service needs of the LGBTI community, especially those targeted for hate crimes because of their sexual orientation or gender non-conformity, and 2. Addressing the high rates of neglect and lack of service to the LGBTI community, in particular the community’s immediate needs to obtain HIV testing and PEP.
Programme Feedback: Interviews
The programme was launched at the South African Police Service (SAPS) station in Tsakane, Gauteng in March 2017. Here is some of the feedback from participants that demonstrates the impact that the programme has had so far.
Online SOGI Training: Gender, Sexuality & Health
We've developed online training aimed at sensitising learners on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) -related topics from a health-seeking behaviour perspective, including: LGBTI rights in South Africa; barriers faced in accessing healthcare; gender-based violence and hate crimes; being transgender; gender, sexuality & faith, and more. The online training is hosted on a cloud-based Learner Management System (LMS) which is accessible via desktop browser as well as mobile phone applications (iOS & Android). Contact us for more information.
SOGI Training Demo
The following demonstration shows some of the video content that is available on this training, it does not demonstrate the full LMS and all of its features - please contact our office if you'd like to access a full demonstration of the training.
The Global Fund Round 9 (Phase II): Gender Based Violence & the Law
This project included a comprehensive Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the rollout of accredited training to over 1450 learners within the SAPS. The research informed the development of the accredited training materials, which focused on topics such as: the amended Sexual Offences Act, Gender Based Violence, Post Exposure Prophylaxis, the LGBTI community and corrective rape and other hate crimes, and more.
The Global Fund Round 6: HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme
This project saw the implementation of research and accredited training for over 250 organisations across various sectors. This project, which was included in the Global Fund Round 6 of funding, aimed to provide training on HIV/AIDS basic knowledge, education, and workplace issues and support workplaces in a developmental manner by getting a commitment from each participating organisation to develop, maintain and monitor an HIV/AIDS programme, strategy and policy. Project outcomes included:
258 workplaces underwent various HIV/AIDS intervention activities directly related to the needs
Increased human resource capacity to deal with HIV/AIDS in the workplace, and HIV/AIDS interventions being planned for the workplaces
An understanding of the current knowledge, attitudes and practices of the employees within a particular workplace within a particular sector
An understanding of the economic effects HIV/AIDs may have on each workplace
HIV/AIDS policies in place that align with the Code of Good Practice and South African legislation
HIV/AIDS strategies in place to act as a plan of action that each workplace could follow
The project contributed towards building knowledge in the area of prevention, developing capacity to identify areas in which prevention interventions can occur and be implemented and maintained within organisations, and build capacity to support treatment, understand why referrals for treatment are necessary and where these could be located (on-site or off-site, depending on the capacity of the institutions). However, primarily, the programme built capacity to offer support for people living with HIV or those who are affected by HIV.
The CHIETA HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme
This programme included sectoral HIV/AIDS research with over 1000 respondents (in the form of a knowledge, attitudes and practices or KAP survey). More than 1000 learners were trained through the programme from 50 participating companies.
The MerSETA HIV/AIDS Project
In the rationale for this project, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA) stated that it recognises the impact that HIV and AIDS in having in the sector and the need to address this; and that there is “... a need to improve the responses of SMMEs in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sectors”.
This project was developed and implemented for the MerSETA and was designed to target 100 SMMEs in the sector. We were responsible for supporting 63 of these companies. MerSETA Company Liaison Officers (CLOs) were trained on the HIV/AIDS coordinator training programme with the idea that CLOs would then be able to support companies in the sector in their areas on HIV/AIDS workplace development.