Our Projects

HACT is a grassroots-based organisation that adopts a holistic and family-centric approach to tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Our current projects and activities include:

CARE

  • A 24 bed Respite Unit providing 24/7 care to patients in advanced stages of AIDS who require palliative or respite care. Approximately 70% of our patients currently recover to the extent they can go home again thanks to the love and care provided by our dedicated team.
  • A Patient Discharge Follow-Up programme providing check-ups and home-based care visits to the patients discharged from our Respite Unit to ensure that they are adhering to their medication and are continuing to recover. 
  • An Outpatient Clinic staffed by nurses that provides free health screening and primary healthcare services.

PREVENTION

  • HIV counselling and testing which is offered onsite here at our centre, in the community and in the workplace through corporate wellness campaigns.
  • In-school HIV prevention and education programmes including a Life Skills programme which currently operates in five primary schools and a Peer Education programme operating in three high schools.
  • A targeted children’s prevention programme providing care and support to over 1000 orphaned and vulnerable children and their families.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Woza Moya - a large arts & crafts project which provides an income to 350 HIV-impacted crafters and beaders
  • An onsite plant nursery which currently supports five families.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & UPLIFTMENT

  • A Granny Support Groups project that has over 2000 grannies involved in 51 support groups across 8 communities. In addition to pyscho-social support, the grannies receive education and skills training and development to uplift and empower them.
  • 33 community vegetable gardens run by gogos from our Granny Support Groups programme.
  • A clothing scheme that enables 20 women to earn a small income through the sale of donated second hand clothing.  
Poverty Alleviation

Clothing Scheme

20 families make a weekly income through our clothing scheme. People donate clothes that they no longer want or need to us, and we sort those clothes into bags each week.

Community Vegetable Gardens

Over the years we have been involved in starting and supporting hundreds of vegetable gardens in the communities we serve - for families, schools and grannie support groups.

Granny Support Groups Programme

There are an estimated 3.7 million orphans in South Africa, about half of whom have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

Care

Counselling and Testing

We have a team of counsellors who conduct roughly 600 HIV tests per month at various locations including our out-patients department, within our Respite Unit, out in the community, and at work-places.

Home Visit Programme

We don't always have beds available in the Respite Unit for patients in need, and so patients are placed on a waiting list and a nurse conducts a home visit to assess the patient's situation, provide home based care where possible, and ascertain how critical and time-sensitive their admission to

Outpatients HIV Clinic

Our outpatient clinic is staffed by nurses and provides affordable HIV-related healthcare, including HIV testing, CD4 counts, blood pressure, blood sugar, urine testing, BMI, chest x-rays,  general health checks, adherance support, disclosure support and assessme

Respite Unit

HACT’s Respite Unit is a 24-bed facility offering around-the-clock care to people in advanced stages of AIDS.

Prevention

HIV Prevention

WHY WE DO PREVENTION WORK

Schools Programmes

Our Education Department delivers two core programmes aimed at educating school children about HIV/AIDS: Life Skills and Peer Education.

Income Generation

Plant Nursery

Our on-site plant nursery Izingadi Zethemba (Gardens of Hope), established in 2003, sells mainly indigenous plants and also plant and decorative pots. The nursery provides employment for a team of five staff members who come from the surrounding communities.

Second Hand Stores

We have an onsite second hand bookstore and a white elephant second hand goods stores. People donate us their second hand books and household items, and we sell them at a very minimal cost to our staff, patients and community members.

Woza Moya Craft Store

Woza Moya, our well-known onsite craft store, aims to empower and uplift people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS to become economically self-sufficient through the production of crafts within their own environment.  The project’s main aim is to teach craft skills to individ