Produced by Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Services (SAfAIDS), this series of "How-to-Cards" is an advocacy resource for parliamentarians that seeks to support them with practical HIV and AIDS information. It is meant for use as a reference tool during parliamentary debates when engaging with constituency stakeholders. The information seeks to enhance parliamentarians' HIV and AIDS knowledge and to strengthen their oversight, lawmaking, and representation role in addressing HIV and AIDS.
The following How-to-Cards are available:
- How-to-Card 1: Building a Common Understanding of HIV and AIDS - A Resource for Parliamentarians - offers general information on HIV and AIDS and how to prevent transmission.
- How-to-Card 2: Multiple and Concurrent Partnerships: Driving Southern Africa's HIV Epidemic: How to Card for Parliamentarians - A Useful Resource in Advocacy - looks at the importance of addressing multiple concurrent partnerships and makes recommendations on what policymakers need to do.
- How-to-Card 3: Demonstrating Leadership by Investing in People Living with HIV - A Resource for Parliamentarians - focuses on the critical strategy of building people-centred HIV responses. As detailed here, where the personal experiences of people living with HIV (PLHIV) have been translated into helping to shape responses to HIV, significant success has been recorded in combating the pandemic.
- How-to-Card 4: High New HIV Infections Amongst Newly Born Children: a Threat to Southern Africa's Future - A Resource for Parliamentarians - focuses on a critical HIV prevention strategy: prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), sometimes also called paediatric transmission. As this card makes clear, paediatric transmission is now readily preventable, and it is vital to ensure that as many mothers as possible have access to this very important but simple and effective prevention measure.
SafAIDS website on December 21 2009.