Who we are

Background

AgriAid SA is an NGO, established in 2008, to organise and implement HIV, TB, NCDs and wellness programmes for workers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries irrespective whether workers are permanent, seasonal or migrant. The programmes are funded and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a PEPFAR implementing agency, and the National Department of Health (NDoH).

The main goal of AgriAid SA is to reduce the direct effects of HIV/AIDS, TB and NCD’s on workers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and their beneficiaries. AgriAid SA promotes an integrated approach wherein HIV/TB awareness, information sharing, biannual testing, and treatment are essential components of the fight against the pandemic. Its interventions are implemented in agricultural areas of Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and Free State provinces. Collaboration with the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and other developmental partners has been fundamental to the success of AgriAid SA.

Vision

Farm workers have access to quality health care and wellness services implemented effectively at their work place.

Mission

AgriAid SA projects aims to empower farm workers and their dependents to take responsibility for their own health and wellness, by participating in the HIV & other life improving programmes on farms.

Core Values

Honesty

Being open and honest in all our dealings and maintaining the highest integrity at all times.

Integrity

We interact with the community we serve in a respectful, transparent, accountable and ethical manner.

Excellence

Always affirming and doing what we communicate by delivering high-quality service and exceeding expectations in everything we do.

Commitment

Working equitably and responsibly to be successful from individual and organisational perspectives.

Service

Responsive and flexible through meeting people, developing experiences, and outcomes that advance our programs vision and mission objectives.

Why farm and forestry workers

According to a study by the International Organisation for Migration (2012), it is estimated that HIV/AIDS prevalence among farm workers is easily twice that of the general population. The main contributing factors are limited access to health services due to the long distance between farms and clinics; lack of money for transportation; inflexible working hours; and no benefits such as paid sick leave.

AgriAid SA links these hard-to-reach populations by providing healthcare at their doorsteps. Thus, AgriAid SA supports Public Health Care in dealing with the over burden, loss to initiation and limited resources to contribute towards increasing the number on Health Counselling and Testing (HCT), and treatment uptake.

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