The Office for Institutional HIV Co-ordination (OIHC) is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive institutional HIV strategy for Stellenbosch University. As the University’s HIV unit, the OIHC serves as consultant on HIV prevention, education and service delivery to both students and staff, and forms a strategic link with other higher education institutions, as well as national and international HIV organisations. The OIHC furthermore performs a leadership function in the realisation of shared responsibility for the vision of a campus free of new HIV infections.
The Office reports directly to the Vice-Rector (Community Interaction and Personnel) as well as to the HIV Institutional Co-ordinating Committee. The OIHC works closely with the University’s Wellness Programme (of the Division of Human Resources), the Campus Health Service, the Division of Research Development, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, as well as various faculties.
More about the vision
In consultation with University management, the OIHC vision was formulated as follows:
By 2015, there are no new HIV infections on campus. University management, institutional units, staff and students are working together to enable the leadership, health-seeking behaviour and quality education necessary for responding effectively to the challenges of HIV and Aids in South Africa and the African continent.
The vision emphasises:
- Prevention as a priority strategy
- Collaboration between various disciplines
- Participation of both students and staff
- The positioning of the University as a leader in the field of HIV with a tangible impact on HIV-related challenges in South Africa as well as the rest of Africa.
Our Institutional HIV Response activities are support by the Higher Education HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) and its partners: the Department of Education, the European Union and Higher Education South Africa.
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