CHIVA Africa

Healthier Lives for Young People

Our project improves the health of young people by teaching and mentoring the health care workers who provide their care and treatment. We support staff, on-site in clinics, building skills to deliver quality HIV and Sexual Health services to all adolescents and young people in their community.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1132935)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,250

Amount raised

£3,190

Donations

23

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúCHIVA SA have helped us to improve our services by providing information, doing assessments and supporting us about Sexual Reproductive Health. Our staff now know how to communicate with young people, and the youth now come know the importance of coming to the clinic‚Äù.

    — N. Shelembe, AYFS Champion, Umlazi K Clinic

  • ‚ÄúThe clinic is welcoming and teaches us a lot as young people approaching adulthood. Everything we face as youth are provided, for example STI, HIV treatment. We now do not have to wait long in queues.‚Äù

    — Mluleki, Umnini Clinic

  • ‚ÄúSince CHIVA SA started supporting us, our facility has improved drastically. It was an eye-opener ‚Äì we have changed our attitudes towards youth. Young people say that we respect their rights, we have started a happy hour every week. More teenagers now attend our facility.‚Äù

    — Z. Sokhulu, Counsellor, Zwelibomvu Clinic

  • “Since CHIVA SA started supporting us, our facility has improved drastically. It was an eye-opener – we have changed our attitudes towards youth. Young people say that we respect their rights, we have started a happy hour every week. More teenagers now attend our facility.”

    — Z. Sokhulu, Counsellor, Zwelibomvu Clinic

  • “CHIVA SA have helped us to improve our services by providing information, doing assessments and supporting us about Sexual Reproductive Health. Our staff now know how to communicate with young people, and the youth now come know the importance of coming to the clinic”.

    — N. Shelembe, AYFS Champion, Umlazi K Clinic

  • “The clinic is welcoming and teaches us a lot as young people approaching adulthood. Everything we face as youth are provided, for example STI, HIV treatment. We now do not have to wait long in queues.”

    — Mluleki, Umnini Clinic

Situation

UNAIDS states that there are 320,000 adolescents living with HIV in South Africa; the highest in the world. With more than half of all HIV infections occurring in young people between the ages 15 and 24, HIV in South Africa has largely become a ‘youth epidemic’. Our experience has highlighted key factors that prevent services from meeting the needs of young people. These include accessibility of services; concerns about confidentiality; and attitudes and skills among staff.

Solution

‘The care and support I get here is unbelievable’ one 16 year old client explains. ‘They never judge me… I accepted myself. I’m not HIV-positive, I’m living with HIV.' Our teams provide mentoring and teaching to help each clinic strengthen and improve the services they offer to young people. From our experience we know that after our year-long work with clinic teams, staff feel better equipped and more confident in caring for young people, who in turn are more likely to seek their services.