Annual Report & Statement 2020
2020 will go down in history as the beginning of another global pandemic, COVID-19. Many comparisons have been made with the HIV epidemic and there are many lessons to be learnt from it – on the importance of prevention, equitable access, and most importantly community mobilization through a people-centred approach. As elsewhere, with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Singapore, there were major disruptions to many community- based services including the HIV response, which also impacted upon our programmes to end HIV in Singapore by 2030. With the pandemic continuing to fuel, it has also become clear that to stay relevant and continue to propel our mission, we need to rethink, innovate, and find newer ways of reaching out to our target audiences with information and services.
Despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the restrictions on movement, AfA was fortunate to be designated an essential service and continued to provide its services though much below its capacity during normal times.
Though the last year was a challenging one, it has pushed us to think of new ways to deliver our programmes. Towards this, AfA has embarked on digitalizing some of its offerings to make our programmes more resilient and COVID-19-proof. Further, given that the HIV landscape is changing, and new priorities are emerging, AfA will expand its sexual health offerings to include STI testing at the ATS and additionally bolster its psychosocial support and counselling to include mental health and well-being for its beneficiaries and clients.
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