CDC's HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in South Africa
CDC South Africa's Care and Treatment portfolio includes HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis programs. The South African National Strategic Plan confirms the government's goal for universal access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). CDC South Africa supports the SA National Department of Health to improve the delivery of integrated HIV and AIDS services which resulted in approximately 1.2 million people on treatment by 2011 with a goal of 2.6 million by 2014. Efforts are also under way to increase accreditation of ART clinics and address the shortage of skilled healthcare workers.
The NDOH, provincial health departments, and other stakeholders are building capacity to provide HIV care and support that encompasses clinical, psychological, social, and preventive care services for an estimated 2 million people. CDC South Africa supported the development of a basic care package for HIV-infected people, which helps prevent opportunistic infections and promotes positive living.
South Africa has one of the world's highest TB infection rates, with more than 55% of TB patients co-infected with HIV. Fighting dual TB and HIV epidemics requires a combined, coordinated prevention, care and treatment strategy. The NDOH s five-year strategic plan for the National TB Program highlights TB/HIV co-infection and the NSP promotes integration of TB and HIV services as essential to ensuring that co-infected patients receive appropriate care and treatment. CDC South Africa works in partnership with national and provincial departments of health and local organizations to support the government's scale-up of integrated TB/HIV services and TB infection control activities.