The Higher Education and Training Health, Wellness and Development Centre, HEAIDS (HEAIDS) was established in 2000/2001 as a partnership between the then Department of Education (DoE), the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association (SAUVCA) and the Committee of Technikon Principals (CTP). It was funded until 2005 by Britain’s Department for International Development, Development Cooperation Ireland, and the Centres for Disease Control in the United States. Seed funding was provided directly to institutions and a national office, the Programme Coordinating Unit ((PCU), was established in 2002 to manage the programme and support institutions.
HEAIDS Phase 1 succeeded in implementing several elements of an HIV/AIDS prevention and control strategy. Key focus areas included:
- Curriculum Integration
- Care and Support
- Voluntary Testing and Counselling
- Peer Education
- Workplace Programmes
The programme undertook a range of activities, including pilot studies, data gathering and impact analyses.
From 2005/6 to 2009, Phase 2 of the programme proceeded on the basis of an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the South African Government (SA), with the DoE as the implementing authority and Higher Education South Africa (HESA) as its implementing partner.
Phase 2 focused on:
- development of a sector wide Policy Framework on HIV/AIDS
- HIV Prevalence and Related Factors research
- a sector Framework for Workplace Programmes
- evaluation of a teacher education pilot project
- research into the roles of educators
- an HIV/AIDS Communications Toolkit
Phase 2 established the need to channel the response through the mission of HEIs i.e teaching and learning; research and innovation; and community outreach.
Phase 3 of the programme, which was aligned to coincided with the timeframes of the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB, emphasised effective implementation of a comprehensive response at all institutions. This phase developed:
Phase 3 of the programme, which was aligned to coincide with the timeframes of the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB, emphasises effective implementation of a comprehensive response at all institutions. This phase developed:
- the sharing of "best practices" to help overcome unevenness in institutional responses and build a unified sector response for impact of scale
- resource mobilisation for national programme management and the institutional response
- smart national and local partnerships in a resource constrained context
- sector wide and institutional Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
- Policy Framework alignment with the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan (NSP)
- practical implementation of a comprehensive institutional response that interalia:-
- integrates HIV, STIs and TB;
- strengthens Campus Health services;
- addresses social, economic and behavioural drivers;
- includes curriculum development;
- enriches Health and Wellness programmes; and
- focuses on combination prevention.
The programme has since April 2011 been funded by National Treasury through the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and has been supported to extends its mandate to benefit the TVET sector.
HEAIDS is currently in Phase 4:
HEAIDS is now a non-profit company under the leadership of the Department of Higher Education and Training. HEAIDS works in partnership with Universities South Africa (USAf) and the South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO).
1. Aims and objectives include:
- Developing HIV/TB/STIs/SRH prevention programmes for students and staff of post school education and training system and support the development of institutional capacities and facilities for the treatment, care and support of students and staff living with HIV//TB/STIs/SRH and/or suffering from some other related disease or condition falling within the broad sphere of public health.
- Educating and equipping students in the post school education and training system to make a contribution to the national HIV//TB/STIs/SRH response, as well as that related to other related diseases and health conditions identified from time to time, in their future career fields.
- Conducting research and investigative studies that will, through its emphasis on the post school education and training system, strengthen society’s ability to resist and ultimately overcome the HIV//TB/STIs/SRH pandemic as well as successfully overcome the other public health related conditions as identified from time to time.
- Assisting the post school education and training system in providing HIV//TB/STIs/SRH services, as well as services related to other conditions in the field of public health, to communities related to these institutions, through outreach projects and practical training programmes.