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 All adolescents need a helping hand to walk healthy, happy, confident and safe pathways to adulthood. SAT is a youth-centred organisation dedicated to gender-equal youth health.

We facilitate adolescent access to quality, youth-centred health education, information, counselling and services. We do this through partnerships, fund management, funding new ways of connecting health and young people, and by disrupting old thinking and imagining new, healthier and safer pathways to adulthood.

Working across east and southern Africa, we place a special focus on adolescent girls and young women who bear the brunt of health inequality.

Join us in achieving gender-equal youth health: help start a youth quake!


Our Reach


 We want to end gender-based violence (GBV). Last year, SAT reached nearly 300,000 community members to increase action against GBV. The Open Help community platform in Botswana connects violence survivors to counselling, clinical services, policing and justice services and reaches an average of 26,000 people a month. Schools in three countries have implemented GBV plans, covering nearly 5,000 adolescents each week.

We are keeping young people safe in school. Why? Because we know it improves access to health services, reduces child marriage and teen pregnancy and gives youth a chance at a future. SAT partners track school drop-outs and, where possible, facilitate their readmission, with 61% of girls and 64% of boys returning to school. SAT partners also worked with 180 schools to address gender-based violence and menstrual health, making schools more girl-friendly and safer for both girls and boys.

We hope to prevent early marriage and teen pregnancy. It limits young women’s opportunities and can negatively affect their health and wellbeing. Last year, 29 communities were implementing plans to end child marriage and more than 20,000 community members were reached with awareness activities. SAT also worked with 405 schools to implement a readmission programme for young mothers: 1,585 girls were able to continue their education after pregnancy.

We advocate for decent menstrual health facilities. Young women need to learn, play and work without worrying about their periods. Last year, SAT youth hubs disseminated information through radio and TV, while SAT partners worked to improve menstrual health facilities in schools. Through a community-based social entrepreneurship model, the production of reusable sanitary pads increased and SAT partners were able to provide an average of four re-usable pads each to almost 20,000 girls across three countries.

We believe knowledge is power. Comprehensive sexuality information is critical for young people’s health, particularly for HIV positive adolescents. SAT partners in Zimbabwe reached more than 22,000 adolescents with comprehensive sexuality education. Over 15,000 young people have access to essential sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services through the TeenWyze community platform in Botswana. SAT partners across the region report that they reached an estimated 700,000 young people with messages on sexual and reproductive health rights.

We’re all about youth-friendly health services. Last year, SAT supported 33 partners to enable 655,957 young people to access youth-friendly health services and 493,356 youth to receive HIV testing services to know their HIV status. SAT’s partners worked to increase access to modern contraceptives with almost 100,000 young people reached. Over 10,000 women and girls were screened for cervical cancer in Malawi and Zimbabwe and SAT reached 110,000 women and girls with cervical cancer awareness information.

We leave no one behind. This means reaching and supporting the most vulnerable and marginalized adolescents and young people including people who inject drugs, sex workers, young LGBTI community members and prisoners. SAT partners in east and southern Africa promoted SRH rights and referrals for services for groups of young people often neglected by health systems. SAT’s Prison Tracker Tool uses unique identifier codes to track the health status of young prisoners in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 We’re starting a youth quake by encouraging and empowering young men and women to take up leadership roles and become advocates for their sexual and reproductive health rights. SAT has built a cadre of powerful activists, passionate and articulate in asserting their rights. The SAT #NextGeneration programme established a network of young leaders with membership in Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Last year, SAT launched #SAT4YOUTH Youth Quake Leadership Programme with participants from across the region. SAT partners actively promote the involvement and leadership of young people and the training of clinical staff to provide youth-friendly services.

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Our Track Record

For nearly three decades, SAT has worked with communities, civil society organizations and networks to mobilize and strengthen their capacity to respond to the HIV epidemic and improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.

Over this time, SAT has developed a considerable track record in:

  • Grant-making
  • Programme management
  • Adolescent and young adult engagement
  • Advocacy and youth activation
  • Data for health
  • Compliance
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Community dialogue

SAT was established in 1990 by a consortium of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, and the Canadian Society for International Health with a mandate to support community-based organisations to strengthen programming in HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa. In 2003, SAT was incorporated as an independent regional, not for profit organization called the Southern African AIDS Trust. Since then, SAT has evolved its programming to focus on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in eastern and southern Africa, and is now called the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Trust (SAT).

SAT works in Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and supports over 100 communities, NGOs, CBOs and activists working for universal sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents and young adults in inclusive, equitable health systems.

We work closely with governments and regional bodies, as well as donor organisations including:

SAT also belongs to the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group – a network funders promoting robust, effective and responsive philanthropy benefiting African communities – and Funders Concerned About AIDS.

Contact us to explore partnership opportunities.

The SRHR Africa Trust (SAT)

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