The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) was established in 1988 and its purpose is to mobilize funding to equip Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and NGOs with financial resources and appropriate skills to implement and manage primary health care and development programmes. The AIDS Foundation of South Africa was set up by a group of unpaid volunteers that responded to appeals on behalf of the community and government to address the spread of HIV/AIDS. The foundation immediately recognized the need to raise money from the private sector, donor agencies, Trust and Foundations for Education, AIDS Management and socio-economic development for people living with AIDS and HIV. The AIDS Foundation of South Africa situated itself to fulfill the function of “fund raiser” for organizations who lack the capacity to raise large sums. The AIDS Foundation of South Africa has done a lot of work to prevent and treat AIDS/HIV in Durban, South Africa. The foundation bases its work on three main strategic thrusts including fundraising and the distribution of funds to smaller charities and foundations, a focus on strategic partnership building, and lastly building organizational and individual capacity.
The main function of the AIDS Foundation of South Africa works in direct correlation to the surge of over one hundred and fifty AIDS organizations that South Africa has seen in the past couple decades. Community need has fueled this upsurge in initiatives. Therefore, it is crucial that the AIDS Foundation of South Africa’s overall strategy, in relation to the rise of over one hundred and fifty AIDS organizations, is to focus its support on constructing the capacity of these smaller and newly founded organizations to deliver their services more efficiently and to support cooperation and coalitions between these organizations. Essentially the AIDS Foundation of South Africa is acting as a “big brother” to these developing foundations and they will assure that these foundations are properly and sufficiently funded so that they can properly fulfill their missions. After researching this it is clear that the AFSA has done more for Africa than any European nation attempted to do during the colonial period; mostly due to the fact they’re helping development take off rather than exploiting these African countries like most of Europe had done. There are many projects in which the AFSA contributes their efforts to but they place a specific emphasis on distributing money to projects offering essential intervention in terms of education, support and care. In the realm of education and prevention the AFSA focuses on projects like increasing AIDS awareness, promoting safer sex, training traditional doctors, projects targeting school-aged children, AIDS training in the workplace, and projects targeting high risk groups like: disempowered women, street children, sex workers, and marginalized youth. Now when it comes to deciphering whether or not this project can be considered a success or failure it is harder than saying yes or no. This is because the project is still going today and depending on funding on behalf of the AFSA will determine its success. So I guess since the foundation is still prevalent today it would be safe to say their projects are successful. In conclusion the AIDS Foundation of South Africa is one of the key components to fighting this disease and prevention for future generations in South Africa.