Anova Health Institute
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The Anova Health Institute is concerned with improving health in developing countries. HIV is central to many health concerns in the Southern African region and thus forms a major focus for our research and service work.
Central to our work is the implementation and expansion of services related to the prevention and management of HIV, AIDS and TB. In particular, investigating innovative ways to improve access to and quality of services is a core function. These projects are mainly funded by PEPFAR through USAID with additional funding from smaller agencies such as Orange Babies. Sound research forms the foundation for all our work, enabling us to monitor and evaluate our projects.
Our projects include supporting government to provide comprehensive HIV and related services to communities that have not enjoyed full access in the past. HIV counselling and testing, HIV and TB care and treatment, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), medical male circumcision comprises the package. We work on improving referral pathways to ensure continued care.
We also work on cross-cutting health issues, including male-specific services in the Health4Men and Play Nice and projects (with a special focus on men who have sex with men – MSM) and in medical male circumcision as an HIV-prevention intervention.
Our research activities are conducted in partnership with South African and international collaborators such as the US National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, University of California, Emory University and Cambridge University. These projects include groundbreaking work on MSM in South Africa, on the impact of HIV and AIDS on older women, a continued focus on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric care.
Anova also works with Wits University’s Journalism Department on the HIV/AIDS and the Media project, funded through Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa with PEPFAR funds. The project works with media professionals, journalists and others in the media to improve reporting on HIV, AIDS and related issues.
HOW ANOVA CAME ABOUT
The Anova Health Institute is a natural development of ground-breaking work in the field of HIV and AIDS. The Institute’s origin was in an HIV clinic in the maternity department of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto in 1993. From this clinic evolved the comprehensive and multidisciplinary Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) under the directorship of Prof James McIntyre and Prof Glenda Gray. Anova Health Institute evolved out of PHRU to scale up access to HIV and other health services in South Africa.
WHO WE ARE
The Anova board comprises John Moalusi (chairman), Thandi Chaane (member), David Douglas (member), James McIntyre (CEO) (UK) and Helen Struthers (Director).
Under the directorship of James McIntyre and Helen Struthers, Anova strives to improve health through building relationships of trust with all stakeholders and partners to reach those most in need and the communities in which they live. They are supported by staff numbering over 350, comprising professional and lay health workers and administrative personnel. Continuous staff development ensures quality service and ongoing community workshops enhance delivery.
Anova’s head office is in Parktown, Johannesburg and has regional offices in Cape Town, Paarl, Tzaneen, Acornhoek and Soweto.