We are working to improve literacy, and to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
HIV and AIDS
Around 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV. Southern Africa is the worst affected region in the world. In South Africa, 5.6 million people live with HIV – the single biggest epidemic.
VSO’s Regional HIV and AIDS Initiative for Southern Africa (RHAISA) is based in Pretoria, South Africa. It co-ordinates our work supporting communities and caregivers. Find out more about VSO-RHAISA.
We also work with governments to encourage fairer policies and legal frameworks for people affected by HIV and AIDS. In South Africa, this includes working with Parliamentarians on advocacy, training and campaigns.
VSO aims to improve the reading skills of children with improved English literacy skills as part of a project with the Foundation for Professional Development Project, funded by USAID.
Specialist education VSO volunteers will be placed in teaching resource centres build the capacity of curriculum advisors, literacy heads of department, principals and vice principals to better equip children with fluency in both African home languages and English language. VSO school management expert volunteers support the sharing of best practices from model schools across the system.
High adolescent HIV rates need urgent action say Parliamentarians in Pretoria meeting
Parliamentarians from across the Southern African have been gathering in Pretoria this week for the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) regional annual conference on sexual and reproductive health.
Improving access to HIV and health services for prisoners
Improving access to quality health, HIV and AIDS services in prison populations throughout Southern Africa.
Are prisons the missing link to ending the spread of HIV?
Across Southern Africa rates of HIV and tuberculosis are on average twice as high - and in some cases up to 50 times as high - in prisons, as in the general population. Poor conditions in these facilities have led to them being described as 'breeding grounds' or 'incubators' for infection.
Find out more about our work in South Africa and partnering with us by contacting:
Postal: PO Box 11084, The Tramshed, Pretoria 0126, South Africa
Location: 1st Floor, Celtis Plaza South Wing, 1085 Francis Baard (formerly Schoeman street), Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa
Tel: (+27) (0)12 342 7205 / 7541 / 3620
Fax: (+27) (0)12 342 4537
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