Beyond Zero (BZ) is a local South African registered not for profit organization founded in 2003.We have our footprints in the impoverished, rural provinces of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KZN.
The organization started from humble beginnings distributing food parcels for the Department of Social Development under the leadership of Mr. Darren Gough in 2003. We have since acquired extensive international donor grant management experience under various grants from Children’s Aids Fund (CAF), the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through US Centers for Disease Control, kfW Development Bank, DGMT, GIZ and the National Lottery.
We are strengthening health and community service delivery systems at all levels of health care, developing clinical competence, training and mentoring, providing technical support to improve the district’s facility response to providing HIV/TB care, treatment, and laboratory & prevention services and support transition that supports Re-engineering of Primary Health Care (rPHC) and National Health Insurance (NHI).
Our dedicated teams have been implementing HIV, TB, STI prevention, treatment care and support programmes across all populations of the supported districts. Through donor funding our teams have reached adults, children, pregnant women, orphans and vulnerable children, female sex workers, adolescent and young women, men who have sex with men, men in incarceration and healthcare workers.
BZ has developed strong relations with the department of health, developmental partners, community structures, Provincial Aids Councils and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) of Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal (KZN).
During the implementation of the PEPFAR grant, BZ trained over 1200 Healthcare workers on Nurse Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Therapy (NIMART), supported initiation of 216,537 HIV positive clients on ART; cervical cancer screening coverage improved from 37.2 % in 2012 to 89.2% in 2014 thus positioning Amatole District Municipality (ADM) as the best performing district in South Africa on this clinical outcome. Almost all of ANC attendees in the supported districts knew their HIV status and HIV positive ANC clients were initiated on ART; infant PCR positivity rate within two months of birth significantly decreased from 3% (2012) to less than 1% in most supported districts by 2017. Adolescent Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) programme was implemented in Amatole(ADM) and Buffalo City facilities through nurse trainings on behaviour modification of learners, establishment of school dialogues, linkage of schools to neighbouring AYFS clinics, frequent health education talks around HIV prevention, mitigation against teenage pregnancy, delayed sexual debut, self-realization by young girls and boys.
The ADM’s target of reaching 2,536 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) was surpassed by 136 OVCs through BZ’s successful and cost-effective sub granting model that geared towards strengthening community systems and service delivery model. In Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) district, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children OVC support program increased by 2700 beyond the set district target of 5376 to attain 8076.
BZ also administered and managed sub grants to Africare, KuLuvuyo and Ukhamba community supporting partners to support HIV and TB interventions to improve coding and successful tracking of pregnant women and mother-baby pairs using the “Masakhane community development engagement model”. This model also led to a successful and effective partner and family HIV & TB disclosure counselling strategies within community setting.
On the Bumb’ingomso project BZ in 15 months of the award trained 401 professional nurses on YFS; established 41 implementing AYFS facilities, enrolled 76 commercial sex workers on the BI. On the 909090 strategy, HIV testing of young women 15-29 years increased from a baseline of 15% in April 2017 to 69% at end of March 2018; ART initiation uptake from 33% in April 2017 to 53% in March 2018.