HEAIDS is a national facility to develop and support HIV mitigation programmes at South Africa’s higher education institutions. The key focus of the HEAIDS Programme is to ensure that youth and young people passing through the higher education sector are healthy and able to make a contribution to the economic growth of the country. The programme supports higher education institutions in responding to the HIV/Aids pandemic through their core functions of learning and teaching, research and innovation and community engagement.

Components of the programme have assisted in increasing life expectancy for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young people. These individuals now have access to proper care and support in terms of treatment, psychological and social wellbeing, with the support of HEAIDS’ partners. The HEAIDS programme has extended its services to include; cancer screening, family planning and contraception.