The Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (BLC) is a five-year project (2010-2015) that contributes to the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Program (RHAP) goal to strengthen the sustainability, quality, and reach of HIV and AIDS interventions in the region. BLC builds the capacity of government, parastatal, and civil society entities in Southern Africa to effectively address the challenges of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. With specific activities in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, BLC provides leadership, management, and governance technical assistance as well as organizational development across three key program areas: 1) care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); 2) HIV prevention; and 3) community-based care.
BLC is providing technical assistance to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to strengthen Member States’ HIV prevention programs, in general, and services to mobile, largely migrant populations, in specific. In October 2012, BLC developed technical briefs on five priority HIV prevention topics:
- Antiretroviral Treatment as Prevention: Opportunities and challenges
- Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: Engaging People Living with HIV in Prevention
- Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
- Strengthening Behavior Change Communication for Prevention
- Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention
Prepared in collaboration with SADC and with funding from USAID, BLC wrote the technical briefs for policymakers and program managers attending the first semi-annual SADC HIV Prevention and Research Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 9–10, 2012. The technical briefs provide concise, accessible information to facilitate technical discussions at the meeting and countrylevel policy discussions after the meeting.
Written by experts, the technical briefs used insights gained from a review of the HIV prevention literature commissioned by BLC in 2011, scientific developments presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference in July 2012 as well as recent World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS publications. They summarize the scientific information as well as good practices from across the Southern Africa region profiled in the literature review. The technical briefs will be updated when revised global policy guidance is issued by WHO/UNAIDS.