Humana People to People in South Africa (HPPSA) entered in a partnership with the USAID in December 2018, operating under TCE, in a quest to prevent HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations in South Africa (PHVP).
The program implementation in the community started in April 2019, using Hoedspruit Training Trust (HTT) as a HPPSA sub-recipient for Ehlanzeni District (Bushbuckridge). HTT is a community-based organization with dynamic experience in implementing the preventing HIV/AIDS programs in different communities. The main objectives of the community-based program were to accelerate and sustain prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence in 2 of the high-risk districts, and 4 sub-districts of Mpumalanga.
The program focused in Ehlanzeni District; Nkomazi and Bushbuckridge Sub-Districts and Gert Sibande District; Mkhondo and Chief Albert Luthuli Sub-Districts. HPPSA has substantial experience in implementing community-led responses towards HIV prevention and also working with migrant and mobile populations in rural communities and informal settlements. The program used the Stepping Stones (SS) model as the basis for all the program activities. Stepping Stones is a participatory methodology focusing on HIV prevention intervention.
It is evident that the program left a positive mark in targeted areas, with participants confirming that the program changed their attitude in dealing with infidelity issues and seeing benefits after linked for other services, also farm workers have now access to comprehensive health services. The program managed to successfully link 173 clients to Gender Based Violence service. Within a period of 2 years the program fared to reach 12,402 adolescent girls and young women and 4,320 adolescent men and young men. The program was concluded in July 2020 and all operations came to halt in September 2020. The program has made positive impacts to young and old people in the rural communities and enabled them to access health services.