The Republic of South Africa is working to meet the health challenges facing its people, which include a high HIV prevalence compounded by high incidences of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis.
In 2003, at the request of the National and Provincial Departments of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global AIDS Program, I-TECH began work in South Africa to support the government’s Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care, Management, and Treatment.
In anticipation of National Health Insurance, the key health initiatives in South Africa currently focus on strengthening the primary health care system (PHC) to provide greater access to quality care to the most vulnerable populations and to reach the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals.
To support this effort, I-TECH South Africa worked with government and community leaders, individuals, and communities to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the South African national HIV, STI, and TB response. In all of its efforts, I-TECH South Africa placed an emphasis on program assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and continuous quality improvement with sustainable local involvement to ensure programs can transition to local entities.