Welcome to our newly launched 'Elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission Campaign'!
HIV transmission from an HIV positive mother to her new born child is a preventable occurrence, and one which must become the norm in South Africa if we are to have any hope of defeating HIV. Although we have been involved in this work since 2003, this is our first campaign that we have posted onto GlobalGiving. We have much work to do and look forward to partnering with donors across the world as we strive to make HIV a thing of the past.
This is a project which has been fully endorsed by the South African National AIDS Council (the highest national policy and programme decision making body in the country - see www.sanac.org.za). Yezingane Network is the children's sector representative on this council, and the mechanism through which this campaign will be implemented.
The Yezingane Network is a civil society network of organisations working to address the impact of HIV and AIDS, TB and STI’s on children, families and communities in South Africa. The Yezingane Network has represented children and children’s voices on the South African National AIDS Council since 2003 and continues to be one of the most organised and influential civil society movements in South Africa. There are a total of 194 members of Yezingane Network and an overall reach of approximately 17000 organisations in South Africa due to many of those members being networks themselves. The network consists of members from a wide variety of expertises and includes NGO’s, CBO’s, FBO’s, Networks, as well as Regional, National and International organisations. The Yezingane Network has developed a successful and cohesive model of networking and collaboration. Provincial Representatives of the Yezingane Network initiate provincial meetings and ensure that province and district specific issues are raised, collated and presented at the various AIDS Councils. Multi-sectoral collaboration, a bottom up approach, and results based programming, are foundational to the success of Yezingane Network. Genuine representation of children and children’s issues at the necessary policy and practice decision making spaces for HIV, TB and STI’s is ensured through child participation techniques and opportunities, as well as by the Network being accessible and inclusive of all child stakeholders. Yezingane Network is thus appropriately positioned to take responsibility for the implementation of this Campaign and look forward to impacting South African perceptions and practices around HIV, children, and pregnancy.
Please do not hesitate to contact us about more information about this campaign, our approach to it, and about the impact we are making.