Supporting & Empowering Older Carers to Persons Affected by HIV/AIDS
ILCSA works with national and community based organisations with a mission to support and empower older people, older women in particular, who care for persons infected with the HI virus and/or themselves have AIDS or are affected by the disease. Its dedicated research, policy and education programme is aimed at reducing these persons' vulnerability, strengthening their capacity to cope, enhancing their well-being, and sustaining their contribution to the care management of the epidemic. A current focus of the programme is to empower older women to know their HIV status and to demand anti-retroviral therapy if diagnosed positive.
ILCSA enjoys a first-rate partnership with the NGO Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), based in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape Province, and operated in several settings in three provinces, as well as in certain neighbouring countries.
In turn, GAPA offers ILCSA investigators a participatory research site to generate evidence to inform policy and programme development, as well as to contribute to the women's empowerment and capacity building.