Associates For International Development Services
Health and Social Policy
“The difference for most, between a saved life and a sustained life, is the move beyond access to life - saving medicines …to cost-effective community-led strategies"
Health and Social Policy
AIDInc. initiates and supports health and social research which provide decision - makers with the evidence-base needed to drive policy and programme development. Alongside our technical research and consultancy assistance to inform governments' national development agendas, we develop and implement evidence-informed and community-led programming action.
Consultants and associates at AIDInc. use their skills and experience to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to the identification of policy barriers to programme successes, the analysis of planned or draft policies related aspects of health and social problems and the evaluation of the efficacy of existing policies, making recommendations for their modification.
As dedicated researchers who have worked in the field for over a decade, we are acutely aware of the importance of translating research into policy and practice and as such, we have been committed to building a strong team of policy experts within the health and social policy division and to transfer knowledge and programming know-how to all levels - from the grass roots up.
Through our core unit and counterpart youth organisation, some of our key social research and programming focus areas to date have been:
Youth development and empowerment, particularly around life-skills and vocational mentoring for risk reduction, sexual reproductive health and rights,
Empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised groups through human rights, media and advocacy approaches
Development of institutional and national policies for disease control
Assessment of policy needs for mitigating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in the community and the workplace – the role of policy in reducing stigma
Mainstreaming gender into health and social programmes
HIV/AIDS and confidentiality: The role of policies in protecting patient, provider, and sexual partners.
HIV and the Care Economy
Assessment of the health reform policies and analysis of health financing policies and options for creating sustainable health care provision
Identification of policy barriers to accessing care
Reducing violence against women and girls
Discrimination of MSM and other vulnerable and high risk groups