|HIVAN (Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking) / HIV-911|
Contact person: Mrs Debbie Heustice
HIVAN was established by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2002 to promote, conduct , co-ordinate and build capacity for research that helps to alleviate the circumstances of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. By connecting multidisciplinary scholarship with the immediate needs and problems of health-care providers, civil society organisations and communities, and by making relevant information accessible to them, HIVAN strives to enhance the quality of HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment in both the formal and informal public health systems.??
The HIV-911 Programme, a flagship project of HIVAN, was launched nationally in 2007. HIV-911 is now a comprehensive guide to over 12 500 HIV-related support services in South Africa, including government hospitals, clinics and service providers, non-profit organisations and the private sector. It provides information on where to locate HIV-related services in any area of the country. The Programme consists of a data collection centre and referral line, an online database, and a national hard copy directory series.
• Develop a stable of services that will enable access to reliable HIV-referral information in a cost-effective and time efficient way, while ensuring confidentiality
and sensitivity for HIV infected and affected individuals
• Continually seek and establish collaborative relationships with organisations that have access to data on HIV-related support services so as to facilitate the
integration of this data into the HIV-911 database
HIV-911’s database can be accessed in four ways:
• HIV-911 data collection and service delivery referral centre (0860 HIV 911 / 0860 448 911)
• HIV-911 online directory of organisations providing HIV-related services country-wide (www.hiv911.org.za)
• HIV-911 annual series of hard copy directories detailing services available on a province-by-province basis
• People are also able to access the HIV-911 database 24-hours a day via the National AIDS Helpline number of 0800 012 322