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	CDC Works in South Africa

CDC started work in South Africa in 1989, helping partners address HIV. In 1994, CDC began to collaborate with the government to conduct epidemiology training, develop national health goals and objectives, develop national HIV clinical, ethical, and research guidelines, and support HIV and TB programs.

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61 Locally Employed

South Africa at a Glance

Population: 55,041,000
Per capita income: $12,700
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 63/59 yrs
Under 5 mortality: 34/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau 2014: South Africa

Top 10 Causes of Death

  1. Tuberculosis 8%
  2. Influenza and pneumonia 5.2%
  3. HIV 5.1%
  4. Cerebrovascular diseases 4.9%
  5. Diabetes mellitus 4.8%
  6. Other forms of heart disease 4.6%
  7. Hypertensive Heart Disease 3.7%
  8. Intestinal infectious diseases 3.4%
  9. Other viral diseases 3%
  10. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 2.6%


Source: WHO Country Health Profiles 2012: South Africa

Why We're Here

HIV Aids in South Africa

HIV/AIDS is one of the main challenges facing South Africa, with one of the highest numbers of infected adults and children in the world.

Where We Work

CDC Works with partners

CDC works with approximately 55 prime partners and 200 sub-partners in all nine of South Africa’s provinces and with the national, provincial, and district health departments.

What CDC Is Doing

Mandela Day in South Africa

CDC works with partners to improve the country's public health foundation, prevent HIV, provide HIV care, and strengthen lab capacity.

Our Stories

  • Empowering young women to have #BigDREAMS
    "DREAMS isn't just about fighting HIV - it's about giving young women control of their lives," said U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, on opening the DREAMS Ambassadors Leadership Camp (DALC) on Saturday, 10 September 2016, at the Intundla Lodge, Dinokeng, Gauteng, South Africa...
    October 11, 2016
  • TB2016: Where to from here?
    As a Public Health Specialist and Tuberculosis (TB) Lead for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) South Africa, when I got the go ahead to attend TB2016, a two-day conference dedicated exclusively to this infectious disease immediately preceding the International AIDS Conference...
    September 20, 2016
  • 2016 SAFETP Graduates Largest Class to Date
    The largest group of South Africa Field Epidemiology Training Program residents to graduate on time, 9 in total, recently completed their training and were awarded Master of Public Health Degrees at the April 2016 graduation ceremony...
    June 1, 2016
  • Page last reviewed: October 12, 2016
  • Page last updated: October 12, 2016
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