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Gauteng NGO Seminars – Advancing Sustained Community System
Start Date: Mar 06, 2014
End Date: Mar 27, 2014
Venue: Gauteng
Description: The AIDS Consortium NPC (AC) was founded in 1992 and is one of the largest non-government organisation (NGO) networks in South Africa, serving over 200 affiliated members in the HIV, AIDS and Human Rights sectors. AC is the appointed South African Linking Organisation of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA), represents its network on the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) as the Sector Leader, and is an accredited training service provider.

The AIDS Consortium is hosting NGO seminars from 6 - 27 March 2014 in Gauteng.

“Community organisations and networks have unique ability to interact with affected communities, react quickly to community needs and issues and engage with affected and vulnerable groups. They provide direct services to communities and advocate for improved programming and policy environments. This enables them to build a community’s contribution to health, and to influence the development, reach, implementation and oversight of public systems and policies” - The Global Fund Publication (2010).

Rationale

Although NGOs are not a formal part of the Primary Health Care (PHC) structure, they are an integral part of the community structure and/or system and arise mainly in response to community needs. These organisations may be difficult to coordinate with public systems, but in some contexts, they are able to reach people who are marginalised or do not trust the official systems - hence the continued need for them.

In some settings there is excellent cooperation between different actors in the community, but it is important not to overlook the inequalities, social hierarchies, discrimination and competitiveness that can operate between community organisations, and between them and government structures. The creation and maintenance of working relationships and partnerships is therefore a key priority for scaling up effective community systems.

Community systems are complementary to and closely connected with health systems and services, especially in advocacy, community mobilisation, demand creation and linkage of communities to services. They can play key roles in health promotion and delivery of community health services, and in monitoring health systems for equity and quality of services.

Objectives of the NGO Seminars:
• Get a map of NGOs’ contribution to the PSP to assist with mapping of services provided by NGOs in the province;
• Introduce the concept of Community Systems Strengthening (CSS);
• Provide NGOs with tools to assess their internal capacity and external engagement; and indicate how the tools can be used to improve evident gaps.
The NGO Seminar aimed at the following people / sectors:
• NonProfit Organisations (NGOs, CBOs, FBOs);
• Development partners;
• Government partners.
Operating in and around the Gauteng Province.

Seminar Dates:
• City of Johannesburg Region - 6 March 2014
• City of Tshwane Region - 11 March 2014
• Ekurhuleni Region - 18 March 2014
• West Rand Region - 24 March 2014
• Sedibeng Region - 27 March 2014
To RSVP contact: Simonia Mashangoane, Tel: (011) 403 0265, Email: simonia@aidsconsortium.org.za.

Website: http://www.aidsconsortium.org.za
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: The AIDS Consortium
Participation Requirements: Open

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