The Foundation uses every opportunity to communicate the profound impact of the support provided by its community-based partners for people infected and affected by HIV & AIDS.  From home-based care to grandmother support, from orphan care to music and art therapy, grassroots organizations are driving the response to the AIDS pandemic with innovation, sophistication, and real impact in the improvement of the human condition. All of our publications strive to document the critical role they play in turning the tide of AIDS.

Powered by LeadershipYear in Review, 2018

"Leadership has become a fraught concept in the world at this moment. It is so often thought of in terms of a charismatic individual who holds the authority of an office, with a singular voice and power. What is remarkable and transformative in the response to HIV and AIDS at the community level in sub-Saharan Africa is that the collective action and determination necessary to address the pandemic has required leadership by the many. It has necessitated a coming together of young women, grandmothers and communities to consult, make decisions, act and communicate with one another – all with the purpose of devising and implementing thoughtful, humane and tremendously effective strategies," Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Co-Founder & Senior Advisor to the Board and Zahra Mohamed, Interim Executive Director of the SLF.

2017 Year in Review: Together We Are Stronger Year in Review, 2017

“It is imperative to work with our grassroots partners to develop ways to document the potent centrality of psychosocial care and emotional healing, and to reconceptualize what success looks like. The funding for the community-based work on HIV & AIDS that makes a real and powerful difference depends on it.

The fabric of lives unraveled by AIDS is slowly being stitched back together, with care and urgency. This report highlights the sophistication and beauty of that work—a breathtaking testament to the insight and dedication of all the staff, counselors and community volunteers who work with such dedication to restore a sense of well-being and promise to their communities,” Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the SLF.


Year in Review, 2016

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s (SLF) 2016 Year in Review presents highlights of our grassroots, community-based partners’ achievements in their work to turn the tide of HIV&AIDS in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. Through healthcare and income-generation, food security and education, protection from violence and community mobilization, our partners are having an incredible impact in communities across eastern and southern Africa. They are helping people to truly reclaim life, and resurrect hope, happiness, and a vision for the future. The SLF’s Impact Assessment Framework, devised with our partners, assists in documenting these results, and our 2016 Year in Review provides an in-depth look into precisely how our community-based partners are accomplishing this transformation.

Year in Review, 2015

For more than a decade, the Foundation has been asserting that if only a critical mass of community-based organizations could receive adequate funding, they would turn the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa. In 2015, we developed an innovative new Impact Assessment Framework to help tell this story. Our 2015 Year In Review uses this framework to provide concrete evidence that, with meaningful support, community-based organizations are indeed achieving powerful and lasting change. This annual review focuses on children, youth and grandmothers, in particular. In a region where roughly 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS, and up to 60% are being cared for by their grandmothers, their fates and futures are inextricably entwined.

International AIDS Conference Report

At the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, the Foundation led a Global Village Panel Discussion focused on reaching HIV-positive children and youth, facilitated by SLF Board Member and former General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign, Vuyiseka Dubula. The panel was comprised of the Executive Directors and senior management of a group of SLF partner organizations including Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative (Uganda), Cotlands (South Africa), MUJHU Care (Uganda), Blue Roof Wellness Center (South Africa), and St. Francis Health Services (Uganda). Participants explored effective community-based approaches for keeping HIV-positive children and youth on ARV treatment and shared innovations from their years of successful experience. 

Stronger Together: A review of the SLF Peer Mentorship Initiative

Report on the Mentorship Initiative

In addition to our routine efforts to enable collaboration between our partner organizations, the Foundation recently launched a Peer Mentorship Initiative, designed to generate new knowledge, and integrate African-developed methodologies that target the health and wellbeing of the communities most affected by HIV. As part of this initiative, pairs of community-based organizations partnered with the Foundation were given an opportunity to partner with each other, in an effort to harness their collective grassroots expertise and channel it to support a stronger, more vibrant and better-networked community-based response. This report provides a detailed impact evaluation of this Peer Mentorship Initiative. 

African Grandmothers Tribunal

African Grandmothers Tribunal: Seeking justice at the frontlines of the AIDS crisis

Discrimination and inequality place a heavy burden on the African grandmothers who are struggling to support communities devastated by HIV & AIDS. African grandmothers deserve better—they deserve justice. On September 7, 2013, the Stephen Lewis Foundation hosted a people’s tribunal to shine a public light on the denial of their human rights, and to issue a call for action. Six grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa presented their personal testimonies before the Tribunal’s judges: Theo Sowa, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Joy Phumaphi and Gloria Steinem. The resulting report charts a new path forward for advancing African grandmothers’ rights. 

Grandmothers to Grandmothers: The Dawn of a New Movement

Grandmothers to Grandmothers: The Dawn of a New Movement

The Stephen Lewis Foundation held the first ever Grandmothers’ Gathering in August 2006 in Toronto. One hundred African grandmothers and two hundred Canadian grandmothers gathered for two days of workshops, run by the grandmothers themselves, on topics ranging from grief to traditional songs, from depression to fundraising, and from stigma to the care of children orphaned by AIDS. The Gathering provided an opportunity for Canadian grandmothers to hear the testimonies of African grandmothers first-hand, a summary of which is contained in this report—a document that truly signifies the Dawn of a Movement. 


LGBTIQ organizations in Africa reporting human rights abuses linked to COVID-19 May 19, 2020

Stephen Lewis Foundation / Canada, Press release

World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says March 25, 2020

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