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The Inkwanca Home/Community Based Care Model in South Africa

Corporate author: 
SAfAIDS, SADC
Publication details: 
Harare, SAfAIDS, 2008
Series: 
SADC HIV and AIDS Best Practice Series                   
Abstract:

This best practice prepared by SAfAIDS for SADC, aims to guide and maximise efficiency and effectiveness in responding to the various facets of the AIDS epidemic. The Maseru Declaration on Combating HIV and AIDS recognises “ – that within the SADC Region there have been successes and Best Practices in changing behaviour, reducing new infection and mitigating the impact of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, and that these successes need to be rapidly scaled up and emulated across the SADC Region”. Both the SADC Strategic Plan and Business Plan on HIV and AIDS advocate the sharing of Best Practices between and within member states. To provide a systematic working definition for a SADC HIV and AIDS Best Practice, and standardise documentation methodology, the SADC Framework for Developing and Sharing Best Practice on HIV and AIDS was designed. In line with this aim, SADC, in 2007, commissioned the documentation of Best Practices in four Member States: Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where Best Practices were identified through a comprehensive selection process involving Governments and National Co-ordinating Bodies. The documentation of these Best Practices will stimulate and encourage the exchange of ideas, and increase collaboration and co-ordination among the multiple actors and institutions responding to the epidemic across the region. It is against this backdrop that the Inkwanca Home/Community Based Care project of South Africa has been documented as a Best Practice.