SAT is a regional NGO with over two decades of regional programming and a host of successful, sustainable NGO partners behind it. Formed in 1990, SAT is registered as a non-profit organisation in six southern African countries and has a regional coordinating office in South Africa. SAT supports communities via country offices, country programmes or directly via regional programming.
For SAT, communities are best placed to define their own needs and to develop innovative responses to their needs and challenges. This principle has underpinned SAT support to communities and those that support communities to develop and implement programmes and deliver HIV and AIDS responses. Now, the urgency of universal access to health services and health rights for all, combination prevention, declining resources for HIV, and the need to integrate HIV responses with other sustainable responses at every level are changing the context of HIV.
For its part, SAT has developed and adopted a new approach that prioritises community systems for HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R) strengthening, focussing specifically on prevention with youth, women’s health, SRH&R integration and dialogue for health. SAT sees a focus on these key thematic areas as a major step in contributing to the creation of resilient communities across southern Africa that enjoy good health and well-being free of stigma and discrimination.
Going forward, for the next five years, SAT will partner with over 80 CBOs and strategic partners to support the Integration of SRH&R and HIV into sustainable community systems in more than 80 communities in southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
SAT country level offices have selected to focus on specific interventions informed by local contexts. Malawi and Tanzania will focus on Prevention with Youths while Zambia and Zimbabwe will work with Women’s Health. Work around Dialogue for Health and advocacy for sharing evidence will be cross cutting informed by a south-to-south and community-to-community learning and sharing. Key to this work will be the content of the Maputo Plan of Action for the Operationalisation of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Continental Policy Framework (2006) and the United Nations Political Declaration on HIV & AIDS (2011).