For the last 23 years, Action for AIDS has been Singapore's leading non-governmental AIDS organization, contributing to prevention efforts and keeping prevalence rates low. Our work in HIV prevention, treatment and control has won international recognition. In 2010, the World Health Organization awarded us with the prestigious Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health.
History. Formed in 1988, Action for AIDS (AfA) started out as a voluntary, community based organisation. It became a registered charity in 1994 and attained IPC status (Institute of Public Character) in 2004 under the Ministry of Health.
Mission. Our objectives are to provide support and assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS (PWAs); to increase awareness, education and understanding of AIDS and HIV infection; to combat discrimination and stigmatisation of (PWAs) and their loved ones and to encourage AIDS-related research activities in Singapore
We educate. We are involved in behavioral research and run intervention programmes aimed at high-risk and marginalized groups of men and women. We develop educational materials to combat information gaps. We also organize events and campaigns to promote understanding towards persons with HIV/AIDS.
We care. We run a HIV hotline and an Anonymous HIV Testing & Counselling Clinic to support those who face concerns or are at risk of HIV. We become friends and family, providing emotional support through peer groups and activities for the personally affected. We help with financial needs -medication, consultation, including living expenses temporarily affected by loss of income.
We advocate. Access to medication. Voluntary Testing. Right to Privacy. Few of the many things we believe in. We provide free legal assistance and address discrimination often faced by HIV positive individuals in healthcare and workplace settings.