The next MRC/HIVAN KZN AIDS Forum will be hosted on 30 October 2012. 

Venue: Seminar Room, MRC Building 491 Peter Mokaba Road (Ridge Road) Overport, Durban

Time: 12h15 to 14h00.   

Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for HIV, AIDS and TB Budgets Monitoring at Local Level in South Africa.

Presenter: Kwazi Mbatha, CEGAA Researcher/Trainer for the BMET project, and a member of TAC’s uMgungundlovu District community mobilisation team.

This talk will relate to CEGAA’s Budget Monitoring and Expenditure (BMET) project – conducted in partnership with the Treatment Action Campaign and entitled “Giving power to the community: Community monitoring of HIV/AIDS and TB spending in two districts in South Africa” – the aim of which is to increase the delivery, accessibility, affordability and quality of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and TB, thus ensuring that ARVs and TB treatments are available as life-saving and prevention mechanisms. 

The pilot project (August 2009 to July 2011) sought to achieve this by empowering communities and citizens towards a common understanding of health care delivery and budget issues and collaborative corrective action for optimal health care services at local level; the project is now in its second phase (July 2011 to December 2012). We will share our conceptual participatory approach, methods and tools for BMET capacity development, coalition-building, gathering of relevant community evidence and establishing community partnerships with government, as well as a review of lessons, challenges and accomplishments arising from this work.                                                                                          


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