The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a global public and private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat these devastating diseases. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organisations to supplement existing efforts.

When QASA launched its Rolling Positive Peer Support entertraining programme funded by the Global Fund, it was decided that the programme would make use of partnership development. The model has facilitated numerous workshops, irrespective of the disability, and more than 1,500 persons with disabilities have been trained so far.

Our first partnership was with Blind SA, offering HIV/AIDS/TB workshops to visually impaired persons in Lephalale and Giyani, in Limpopo. This resulted in almost 40 Peer Supporters trained to provide sexual and reproductive health services to persons with disabilities in the communities in which they live and has spread to other Provinces.

Rolling Positive has also prioritised the education of youth and launched a programme specifically focusing on youth with disabilities. The Bartimea School for the Deaf and Blind, Thaba Nchu is one exampleof this effective partnership development.

Our programmes are challenged by the skills needed to  reach out to the broader disability communities, such as persons with learning difficulties or mental challenges, and we continue to seek out new partnerships to fulfil the mandate to offer HIV/AIDS education and information to persons with disabilities, enabling sexually fulfilling lives without the risk of HIV infection.

Rolling Positive is committed to more than simply keeping people informed, we look forward to a dialogue where we are able to assist each other and adapt our training material and methods to meet the needs of the many persons with disabilities.  For this we need to develop further effective partnerships.