Byline: Nonjabuliso Nhlambo
16 May 2023
Project Support Association Southern Africa (PSASA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 and in 2002 and 2003 got registered as a separate legal entity. PSASA specialises in HIV and GBVF prevention programmes and has worked throughout the provinces and in other Southern African countries for 22 years.
The Global Fund AYP Programme is one of PSASA programmes that offers a comprehensive package of services that aims to improve the health, psychosocial and socio-economic wellbeing of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and Adolescent Boys and Young Men (ABYM) collectively known as Adolescents and Young People (AYP). The programme targets AYP, in and out of school, age 15-24 years, with the aim of effecting risk reduction, behaviour change and empowerment.
Objectives of the AYP programme aim to; decrease HIV incidence, decrease teenage pregnancy, increase retention in school, increase economic opportunities and reduce gender-based violence (GBV).
The programme targets adolescents and young people aged 10 – 24 years, all sexes, but with an emphasis on supporting young women. Men, with an emphasis on age group: 25 – 40 years.Interventions are structured, age-appropriate and evidence-based to account for the evolving, unique emotional and physical developmental needs of young people.
The AYP can enter the programme from several service entry points (schools, Safe Spaces and elsewhere in the community) where they will receive a core package, inclusive of individual risk screening, and where they will be offered HIV testing, condoms and IEC materials.
Based on the AYP personal risk profile, the AYP will be directed to a range of layered health, behavioural and structural interventions and if required, they will also be supported to successfully access services offered via referral links.
Services provided at Safe Space include consultation with professional nurses and social workers. Health and psychosocial talks, homework and academic support, sport and cultural activities, economic empowerment services, counselling, GBV s
Safe spaces Operational Hours
- The operational hours for both our Bethal and Kinross Spaces is 8:00 am to 16:00pmon Mondays to Fridays.
- The contact numbers for PSASA are 017 647 1033/017 647 2025 and the contact person is Ms. Mogodi.