About Us

Established in October 2002, the Umdoni and Vulamehlo HIV/AIDS Association is made up of people concerned about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on rural communities in the UGU district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Members of the Association include health care professionals, nongovermental organisations and members of the target communities who have been active in community based health care over the past few years.

The association focuses on providing care and support to some of the poorest and least accessible communities in rural KwaZulu-Natal, in the local municipalities of Umdoni and Vulamehlo.

The programmes managed by the Association promote an integrated response to the impact of HIV/AIDS. They address both preventative and curative needs; and respond to the physical, social and psychological impacts of HIV/AIDS.

Recognising the scale of the impact of the disease, and the shortage of resources, the programmes aim to harness the skills and resources found within target communities.

Key areas of work include:

  • Providing home based care and support to people infected by HIV and AIDS
  • Linking programmes to public and privately run health care services, and improving access to ARV treatment
  • Supporting children orphaned by HIV and AIDS, and supporting grandmothers and family members who care for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Building capacity in Community Care and Support Groups and providing information and lifeskills needed to prevent new infections, and to live positively with HIV
  • Assisting with the provision of nutrition and development of small projects for livelihood support
  • Encouraging behavioural change through information sharing and emphasis on Positive Living
  • Supporting the "Cultural Health Programme for Men as Rural Partners and Fathers", which aims to educate men on HIV and gender based issues