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Friday, 18 July 2014 02:00

Starting out

by Myles Ritchie, Team Leader.

The EHPSA programme got off to an official start in May when we began working out what this programme was really about, hiring staff and consultants, setting up administrative systems, refining the programme log frame and all the other prerequisites of a four-year programme.

Our first country visit was to Swaziland where we were hosted by the National Emergency Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA), the body that coordinates Swaziland’s response to HIV and AIDS. We heard the concerns of partners from UNAIDS, UNICEF and several NGOs, who are all asking ‘what works and what does not work?” in preventing HIV.

Next we held an intensive workshop in Johannesburg with representatives of all the organisations working with adolescents and prisoners and experts in the prevention field.

Introductory visits are planned for August in Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia and Tanzania.

The big date we are all looking forward to is the first Steering Board meeting.

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