@heart is a registered NPO that provides HIV/AIDS counseling and testing services in the Cape Winelands Stellenbosch area in South Africa.
@heart also engages in several ongoing community projects that focus on HIV/AIDS awareness, peer leader training and community mobilization.
@heart respects the gift of life, providing gender, age and cultural appropriate psycho-socio support services for those living with HIV and AIDS through an integrated approach to comprehensive service delivery, person centred counselling, tailored prevention initiatives to address health and social behaviour challenges and effective networking.
Stellenbosch Aids Action was founded in July 1998 by a group of concerned service providers and members of the Stellenbosch Community. The organisation was launched in April 1999 in response to the lack of supportive services to those infected and affected by HIV/Aids.
The organisation has since firmly established itself as a partner in the Winelands District Health service, having been registered as an independent NGO on 29 May 2002. To successfully market its services to local business, health practitioners and the broad public, it was felt that an accessible and appropriate brand name be added to the dynamics of this organisation. It was agreed that the Voluntary Association still be registered under Stellenbosch Aids Action for geographical reasons.
@heart currently assists clients daily at its alternative testing site, which is manned by a Staff Nurse/Counsellor. VCT and ongoing counselling and support will continue to be provided by @heart Community Counsellors at the 14 VCT sites in the Stellenbosch Health District.