In 2003, Carlos and Deborah Santana responded with unprecedented generosity to Artists for a New South Africa's call for increased international support for the fight against AIDS in South Africa. The Santanas donated $2.5 million U.S. dollars -- the entire net proceeds of the 2003 Summer U.S. Santana Shaman tour -- to ANSA to establish the Amandla AIDS Fund (AAF).
Guided by an Advisory Board of South African AIDS experts and activists, AAF develops new, innovative programs that address urgent, unmet needs and also identifies outstanding existing HIV/AIDS programs and organizations in South Africa that would effectively utilize AAF's fiscal support.
AAF focuses on supporting pivotal organizations and programs that:
The Amandla AIDS Fund Advisory Board is made up of exceptional South Africans from a variety of relevant fields, including medicine, activism, government, religion, community organizing, academia, care provision, and community development.
- provide free treatment and comprehensive medical care to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), with a priority on reaching activists and health care workers who are focused on saving the lives of others
- provide comprehensive assistance to AIDS orphans and vulnerable children
- advocate for improved HIV/AIDS programs and policies
- provide peer, grassroots education on AIDS treatment literacy and HIV/AIDS prevention
- provide voluntary testing and counseling
- prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and prolong the lives of HIV+ mothers
- destigmatize the disease and empower PLWHAs
- address urgent unmet needs and emerging priorities
- are innovative, model solutions that can be replicated or scaled up to have far reaching results
- mitigate social impacts of the pandemic
The AAF aims to redefine the roles and relationships of funder and recipient by building partnerships, encouraging frank dialogue, and empowering African experts to identify the most impactful and sustainable use of funds and to engage in peer evaluation of local programs and solutions.
Since its inception, AAF has allocated and granted over $1.25 million to pivotal South African HIV/AIDS efforts and has developed It Takes a Village, a precedent-setting collaborative program which provides comprehensive services to AIDS orphans and vulnerable children while building the capacity of communities to effectively respond to the AIDS crisis in their midst.