AfA started in 1998 at a time when the world’s response to HIV was in its infancy. Initially the purpose of the programme was to ensure funding through medical schemes so that those members diagnosed with HIV would have access to doctor’s appointments and treatment. Due to a lack of funded clinical management, it was the tragic norm at the time for HIV infection to progress to AIDS and for individuals to battle many opportunistic infections and be hospitalised as a result.
The establishment of the AfA programme started to change that inevitability for its members and give them a real chance at improving their health. So too the programme started to mitigate the financial risk for its client medical schemes. AfA proved its premise that by funding the clinical management of HIV, schemes could prevent the unmitigated financial risk posed by their HIV-positive members becoming very sick and requiring hospitalisation.
Over the last two decades, AfA’s programme has evolved to become what it is today – a powerful partner to our beneficiaries, their treating doctors, employers, medicine dispensaries and healthcare funders. Shaped by years of clinical research and extensive expertise, AfA’s methods are considered the industry standard by healthcare professionals both locally and abroad. We bring measurable value to all our stakeholders by offering a holistic solution to all aspects of HIV and chronic disease care.
Over the years our clients have included medical schemes, business-funded workplace programmes and donor-funded public healthcare programmes run by NGOs both in South Africa and other African countries. Many of those clients have stuck with us since 1998 – a testament to the value we bring and the quality of the relationships we take great care to develop.
AfA collaborates with organisations to assist with managing individuals registered on our programme and to support the public sector in its efforts at national HIV management.
Some of our collaborations include: