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Means of engaging our affiliates across different platforms to inform and drive our programme delivery. To become an AIDS Consortium affiliate member, please click here

Monthly meetings (bua@AC)

"bua" is a Sotho word meaning “talk”; it was commonly used at activists’ meetings in the apartheid struggle. When one was making a valid point and the supporters wanted to support his/her statement, they would just say “bua”, which encouraged freedom of expression. These sessions also encouraged networking, comradeship and skills transfer. This epitomises the AC monthly meetings, hence – bua@AC.

The AIDS Consortium bua sessions stand out as a pioneering initiative, bringing together over 400 (throughout three provinces) HIV and AIDS and human rights activists monthly to discuss topical issues, hence a different theme each month. These have taken place for 17 years and are thus renowned in the sector.

The forum encourages networking, skills transfer, debates and discussions that challenge the myths, beliefs and behaviours that continue to drive incidence, human rights violations and stigma and discrimination. Well renowned in the HIV and AIDS sector, the forum is largely aimed at NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and activists in the HIV and AIDS field, but does not exclude any interested community members.

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“Maitiso” is a space for exchange of wisdom. Historically, this would happen in a village setting just before bedtime, where families and/or village people would gather around a fire and share their wisdom in the form of stories or experiences. This was a space of connections! In reviving this spirit of togetherness, The AIDS Consortium (AC) has taken the concept of Maitiso to the communities to help harness the power of community driven solutions to the challenges around HIV and AIDS. Communities are rich with wisdom and experience, but hardly ever have the time to get together, connect, dialogue and build and act upon solutions suggested in this setting – Maitiso aims to do just this; thereby driving the by line of “the strength of +ve sharing”.

This project brings community members together to discuss local community issues and identify ways in which community members can contribute to creating stronger communities. The AIDS Consortium’s role is planning and facilitating these dialogues in local communities as well as in identifying and supporting actions toward the goal of community improvement in relation to the NSP goals of SANAC.

Through this project the AC and CBO’s (affiliates) have partnered to offer local communities conducting these dialogues, model solutions from other communities grappling with similar issues.

Community members intending to engage in community dialogues are encouraged to identify important stakeholders in their community—including students, teachers, school board members, local government, local business leaders, community service agencies, parents, and community members, men, women and any other vulnerable groups and invite them to participate in the local community dialogues.

The themes for these dialogues are informed by issues that emanate from discussions held at the bua@AC. This is further explored with a select number of people in a chosen community.

When and how long?
The dialogue takes place at an agreed date between the community mobiliser and The AIDS Consortium and it takes 2 – 3hrs.

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