info4africa’s defining strength is our ability to collate, maintain and quality assure data. Over the past year we have significantly expanded this service and are currently engaged in data collection projects for a variety of local, national and international agencies.
info4africa - formerly known as The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) and the HIV-911 Programme, has a long history of working in the field of HIV, AIDS and TB:
- We have built a country-wide database of over 12 000 support service providers
- Annually, we disseminate upwards of 20 000 directories capacitating service providers in all sectors, and
- We engage in a variety of face-to-face networking activities including forums, workshops and training.
Over the past decade there have been a lot of very positive changes in the health landscape of South Africa. People now live and work with HIV and for many, HIV has become a chronic disease. Likewise, living with immune deficiencies has created new vulnerabilities for people with non-communicable and communicable diseases; a need for socio-economic support; human rights and legal support and increased pressure for training, education and development programmes.
Our focus has expanded and matured with these changes such that our database, wider networking and capacity building activities now more broadly reflect service provision in health, wellbeing and development in South Africa.
With this broadening of focus we felt it was time to change our name to one that more fully conveys the scope of our products, activities and expertise.
Through a consultative process with our partner organisations and our staff over the second half of 2012, we were very pleased and proud to announce our new name and tag line earlier this year
“info4africa: Collecting Data. Connecting Communities”
This new brand speaks to our history and gives us a broader stage on which to engage with all stakeholders in the years to come. We hope you will agree with us.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) aims to be a truly South African university that reflects the society in which it is situated – not only in terms of race, gender and class – but in terms of how it structures its values and priorities and how it responds to social needs. As an institution of higher learning, it is committed to academic excellence, innovation in research and critical engagement with society. With its vision to be the Premier University of African Scholarship, the University of KwaZulu-Natal draws inspiration from an African identity and takes seriously its responsibilities to the development of the African continent. The tagline of the University is “Inspiring Greatness”.
The College of Humanities, the largest of UKZN's four Colleges, is the home of critical thinking, social commentary and robust intellectual debate. It is aptly referred to as "The Soul of the University." It is committed to the University's vision of advancing African scholarship and actively contributes to the intellectual development of the region and the world through teaching and learning, research, development and community engagement. It represents a significant repository on the continent, playing a critical role in the enhancement and promotion of arts, culture, social sciences and education.
A complex and strategic College, the Humanities comprises six diverse, yet complimentary Schools which are located across three of UKZN's five campuses: Edgewood - situated in Pinetown; Howard College - situated in Durban; and Pietermaritzburg. The College boasts 27 vibrant research, teaching and learning units, many of which are internationally recognised. info4africa is a Centre within the School of Applied Human Sciences.