HPP-SA’s work is organised in project units with a Project Leader as the main stay in each unit.
All projects are based in communities and organizes community members in a common fight for specific goals. HPP-SA has developed programs, manuals and other tools to guide communities towards the goals and raises resources from national and international sources towards the projects.
The Project Leader is in the middle of it all. She or he lives in the community, mobilises and organizes the people in various groups or clubs and trains the club leaders to take community members through the program, step by step against clearly defined goals.
The Project Leaders in HPP-SA are experienced unit leaders, with many years of work in communities. They form Project Leader fora, who come together, share experiences and challenges and refresh their knowledge, and they also work with other development partners in their area.
Total Control of the Epidemic, widely known as TCE, is a systematic community mobilisation drive to secure people take control of HIV & AIDS and TB. Today, TCE works with the rest of South Africa to make sure all people know their HIV status, receive treatment and adhere to the treatment. TCE has been active in South Africa since year 2002 and reached more than 5 million South Africans directly.
Still today, people need the right information on these diseases, both how to protect themselves and to seek medical support. Stigma still exists, and a continuous effort to strengthening communities to respond is needed. Health services are now much more widely available, but not always reaching the most vulnerable.
TCE uses a community health worker approach, training local people as Field Officers, who, supported by professional nurses, provide the counselling and testing close to where people stay and work. They offer TB and STI screening and screening for non-communicable diseases. People who test HIV positive, or who have symptoms of TB, STI’s and other diseases are linked to care and treatment and supported to adhere live healthily.
HOPE Humana is a project aiming to reduce the spread of HIV, TB and other diseases such as COVID, and to offer care and support to those affected.
HOPE operates within a framework of 3 Lines of Activities:
* Outreach Programs: HOPE projects work to secure continuous mobilisation of people to perform safer preventative behaviours against common diseases. The Outreach Program reaches out to children, youths and adults in schools, workplaces, townships and rural communities, and helps the people to organize in clubs with trained Peer Educators and Peer Counsellors.
* Opinion Forming Activities: HOPE seeks to influence and involve decision makers and local leaders to support the fight against diseases that have a great impact on lives in their communities. This is done through social media, community dialogues, identifying role models, inviting prominent persons, company directors and local politicians to be guest speakers.
* Health Services: HOPE Centres give health services as an extended arm of local health facilities, and sometimes make use of mobile units to offer services right at community level.
In response to malaria cases increasing every year in South Africa, Humana People to People South Africa launched the Malaria program in 2017. The project is implemented in the context of the Southern African Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) Initiative, which is a coordinated, multi-country effort to achieve the elimination of malaria in the SADC region funded by the Global Fund. The project targets under-serviced communities including migrants and transient populations in Limpopo, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga along the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe and the far northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
People are tested at malaria testing sites set up at border posts alongside schools, community health activities and through door to door campaigns. People who test positive for malaria are referred to clinics for treatment. Community Members participate in health campaigns to create awareness around prevention measures against malaria infection in the home and in the community.
The project also works with local structures, including the Department of Health, the South Africa Malaria Elimination Committee (SAMEC) as well as local authorities throughout the project.
At present, HPP-SA runs the POF program in KwaZulu Natal province under 3 municipalities, eThekwini, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo. The program consists of 3 model pre-schools and works with 40 satellite pre-schools in the 3 districts, which benefit from sharing ideas in monthly meetings and common actions.
Parents are involved in planning and actions to improve the facilities at the schools and also carry out actions in the communities. The program works with the Department of Social Development to share experiences and get support.
The POF teachers use manuals, where children learn to use both their brains and body. The weekly program consists of elements such as “Use your brain”, “Monthly topics and themes”, “Use your body”, and “Use your imagination”, and takes point of departure in the reality in which the child grows up.
The program is strengthened by the KwaZulu-Natal Experimental College (KNEC), which offers accredited courses for ECD practitioners. The training is modern, delivered in line with the government policy for Early Childhood Development (ECD). The POF teachers acquire the POF methodology through both theoretical and practical training.
In support of the government initiatives to eliminate poverty and alleviate the plight of women and children, Humana People to People South Africa has been implementing the Child Aid Program since 1998 with the aim of securing a safe and nourishing upbringing children and youth in disadvantaged communities.
Child Aid operates along 10 Activity Lines comprising of: Improving family income, community health such as maternal and child health, HIV, TB, COVID; early childhood development starting community pre-schools; supporting orphans and vulnerable children; offering skills training support for youth; starting community gardens, and carrying out actions to protect the environment. Communities are involved in planning and continuous evaluation of results. Families are organized in action groups which support each other to achieve the shared goals with support from an experienced Project Leader.
Child Aid works with communities at large, with local leaders, local government and other stakeholders.
The project is currently operating in four provinces namely Limpopo (Tubatse, Mopani, Vhembe, Capricorn and Bakenberg), Mpumalanga (Ehlanzeni), Gauteng (Doornkop) and KwaZulu-Natal (Vryheid).