Anglican Aids and Healthcare Trust optimistic about future


The Anglican Aids and Healthcare Trust (AAHT) sponsored a Dissemination Workshop for the DfID-funded Siyakha Programme – a comprehensive HIV & AIDS programme – in Johannesburg 28 -30 September 2009.  The purpose of the workshop was to share the “best practices” developed.  Reports presented at the workshop (plus additional ones not completed in time to be included) will soon be attached to AAHT’s website ( so that visitors can get a better feel for the work each diocese is doing. The workshop was attended by representatives from various stakeholders in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa – The Archbishop of Cape Town – The Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba; Bishop David Bannerman; Bishop Peter Lee; Bishop Les Walker; Bishop Meshack Mabuza; Bishop Adam Taaso and Bishop Merywn Castle; representatives from the British Government’s Department for International Development (DfID); Partner Organizations; Staff of the Trust; and Diocesan HIV & AIDS Coordinators from most of the 26 dioceses across the six countries in the Church’s Province of Southern Africa.

The broad objectives of the dissemination workshop were to:

  • showcase the activities carried out within the funding period as well as the outcomes;
  • share experiences, lessons learnt results, best practices and challenges for better future performance in their projects.
  • Help projects to adopt strategies towards a sustainable future 

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The Archbishop of Cape Town – Thabo Makgoba in his keynote address has thanked the British Government and its tax-payers for their support of his church’s work with those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Those words of thanks were further reiterated by Diocesan HIV & AIDS Coordinators across the province. To mention a few:

“When we first heard the news of DfID funding coming to an end in November 2008, we went back to our communities to share the news. Although it came as a shock to all of them, they made a resolution to continue with the projects. The nine month extension (January – September 2009) that was awarded has helped these projects to expand capacity to such an extent that they show signs of being able to sustain themselves beyond this period.” Ms Inhle Mdlalose – Anglican Diocese of Swaziland.

“Thank you – I am being so resourced that I can be used anyway by my community”,  Reverend Canon Thomas Mafora – Anglican Diocese of Matlosane.

“I am so greatful to DfID, having started as an administrative person, now I wear several hats in my country in the HIV & AIDS field. I am so resourced in such a way that I am a consultant in the area of fundraising and proposal writing for companies big or small.” Ms. Mabothobile Shebe – Anglican Diocese of Lesotho.

 Although the Anglican Aids Healthcare Trust lost one of its major funding sources, it is not the end of the Trust. There are still programmes that are currently being run on the areas of prevention, capacity building and orphaned and vulnerable children.

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Comments (2)

  1. Jeannette says:

    It is time we begin looking at mobilising locally available resources to support our projects. I am encouraged by what I read here where other Dioceses have taken that approach and engaged their local care workers and project coordiators into a process of re-programming with an aim of looking and mobilizing what exist in their back yard. However, it is also true that these projects still need financial support (which may not be available) in local rural areas where the pandemic is rife. I would like to encourage all to continue, or consider suporting this work of the Anglican Aids and Healthcare Trust.

  2. Zam says:

    Sad story of DfID having abruptly terminated funding to few organizations they have been supporting especially in South Africa. What I found to be worst case scenarios is the Anglican Church itself. I find it very hard for the church not to have seen this coming – I mean from the start, the funding was meant to be over 3 years. Having said that DfID funding ended after six years, still some diocese are still unable to sustain themselves – their HIV ministries are closing now.

    After all the years of setting up, building capacity and everything just thrown out just like that. We are talking about lives here, who are infected/affected, surely bishop of those dioceses never prioritised HIV & AIDS even though they had UK govt taking care of that for 6 years.

    I commend the work done by the Trust in actual coordination and managing these grants, moneys being spent wisely building capacity of ACSA. We will begin to see the fruits now, whether for dioceses, it mearnt traveling & site seeing or learning and project management. Now is the time to showcase what you have gained or learnt!

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