Agri Aids SA - Agri SAAgri SA

Agri Aids SA

Benefitting farm workers via AIDS testing.

Why was it started?
To organise and implement HIV/AIDS, TB and wellness programmes for farm workers, whether permanent, seasonal or migrant.

How was it done?
AgriAids has successfully implemented two models, the Outreach Model, which involves visits to the different farms using a mobile unit; and PPP Mode, whereby service points are established by the farmer and supported by AgriAids and the department of health. Both models focus on combating HIV/AIDS and decreasing the burden of disease from TB and non-communicable diseases among agricultural communities

How was it funded?
The programme is funded and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a PEPFAR implementing agency, and the National Department of Health (NDoH).

Social and Economic Implications
The health of farm workers is taken to heart. Their life expectancy is increased as the burden of disease is lightened. Quality of life improves. The community is better educated on these diseases.