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AVERTs Sisonke project


HIV is still a major global health problem, with around 240 people infected every day.

AVERT has a truly global reach. is the only global HIV and AIDS resource of its kind. Each year we reach millions of people in more than 180 countries with vital information on HIV and AIDS. Through education and advice, we help empower people to protect themselves and others from HIV, and help to improve the lives of those already affected.

Our HIV information is accessible and easy to use. In 2014, people from more than 180 countries visited our site, with the top ten countries spread across five continents; USA, India, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Indonesia, the Philippines and Kenya.

I think Avert communicates well to its varied target audience, and is always up to date and useful in the information provided - Amy

I see AVERT’s main function as a plain English source of information on HIV and AIDS for all audiences - Survey respondent

We are based in the UK and work closely with other UK-based international HIV organisations in order to play a part in strengthening the global HIV response.



Sub-Saharan Africa

AVERT partners with community-based organisations to help build the local response to HIV and AIDS in some of the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

AVERT partners map

Umunthu Foundation – Malawi

Malawi has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. The country faces a major challenge in preventing a new generation from becoming infected with HIV and caring for those already living with the virus.

AVERT has been in partnership with The Umunthu Foundation since 2010. The programme provides a one-stop HIV service for local people, offering  HIV testing, treatment and monitoring, support groups, loans for people living with HIV, youth clubs and prevention outreach activities.

Thanks to Umunthu, 55,000 people have taken an HIV test since 2010 and people living with HIV no longer have to make the long journey to the regional hospital to access treatment and care.

Sisonke Project - South Africa

South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. Many children have been orphaned and are looked after by their grandparents at a time when they themselves need support.

AVERT has been working with Sisonke since 2005.  Sisonke provides training, mentoring and legal support to elderly women in 20 rural communities in the Eastern Cape. The Gogos (grandmothers) learn new skills - such as growing vegetable gardens that provide food and income for the household - to help them care for their sons and daughters who are living with HIV, and look after their grandchildren. With Sisonke’s help they have been able to support each other to get back on their feet, and their health and wellbeing has improved significantly.

Phelisanang Bophelong (PB) – Lesotho

Lesotho has the second highest HIV prevalence in the world. Young people are particularly affected by the epidemic and often lack basic knowledge about HIV and AIDS.

Our new partner, PB, will tackle this issue head-on by running youth groups in clinics to teach young people about HIV and AIDS. They will also work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth groups as well as young people in prisons who are at high risk of HIV.

PB will help generations within a family talk more freely about sex and HIV, as well as encourage open communication between young people through social media.

Over the past 10 years AVERT has provided programme and grant support to more than 25 partners in countries across eastern and southern Africa, India and Russia.

Photo credit: ©AVERT by Corrie Wingate

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