TAC’s Community Health Advocacy Programme aims to strengthen community health advocacy and leadership in order to:
The Community Health Advocacy Programme achieves this by –
In view of the continuing challenges facing the ability of public health system to respond to the TB epidemic and increasing HIV/AIDS & TB morbidity and mortality TAC has identified the need for a community health advocacy programme. Amongst these challenges are shortfalls in health care funding and financing, shortages of human resources for health, logistical constraints, management limitations, and inequities between public and private health care. Close monitoring, responsive action and strong advocacy are necessary to address these challenges. The community health advocacy programme is strengthened by the women’s rights sector and the people living with HIV/AIDS sector.
The core activities of the Community Health Advocacy Programme will include training and enabling community health advocates (CHAs) to –
TAC’s CHA programme is coordinated from our National Office in Cape Town however the majority of CHA campaigns and activities are run at a grass-roots community level in provinces and districts. At a provincial level, two Community Health Advocacy Trainers (CHATs) are based at each of TAC’s six provincial offices. CHATs are responsible for facilitating campaigns and advocacy training for TAC staff and members; local HIV adherence clubs and support groups as well as communities and partner organizations in their respective provinces. At a district level TAC employs seven Community Health Advocates (CHAs) who are tasked with supporting specific communities and TAC branches in organizing public-health education and advocacy campaigns. CHAs also participate in local health and social forums such as district and local AIDS councils and clinic committees. CHAs are furthermore responsible for monitoring and reporting on access to HIV and TB related health and social referral services in their respective districts.