Wits RHI and USAID entered a partnership that will result in accelerated efforts to control the HIV epidemic in South Africa. Wits RHI will work closely with the Department of Health and other key stakeholders to manage the “Accelerating Program Achievements to Control the Epidemic (APACE)” in the Lejweleputswa District in Free State.
The goal of APACE is to improve upon and expand comprehensive clinical and non-clinical differentiated HIV care and treatment services, that will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control in South Africa. The programme will leverage key innovations to ensure a comprehensive package of services that meets the wide-ranging needs of different patient groups, and is implemented across the HIV and TB continuum of care this will all be done through;
• Preventing new HIV infections and reducing HIV morbidity and mortality through an improved and sustained HIV and TB Continuum of Care by;
- Increasing the proportion of people living with HIV who know their status,
- Increasing the proportion of people living with HIV who are on treatment, and
- Increasing the proportion of people living with HIV who are virally suppressed.
• Strengthening District Health Systems in support of HIV and TB Continuum of Care. This will include Health Workforce Strengthening, Strengthening Health Management Information Systems, District Health/Implementation Planning, Health Financing, Service Delivery Quality Improvement, Leadership, Management and Governance, Laboratory Systems and District pharmacists.
• Strengthening National Health Systems in support of the HIV and TB Continuum of Care through technical support at the national level in the following technical areas:
- Advanced Clinical Care;
- Adolescent Girls and Young Women; PrEP; Dolutegravir roll out; and
- Clinical Training programs as a follow up on NiMART training.
The ongoing support of the PEPFAR programme has already saved millions of lives across the African continent and in South Africa. We are very excited to be part of this new partnership programme with USAID. We believe that through this partnership, we will be able to achieve significant reductions in new HIV infections, HIV morbidity and mortality.
PEPFAR through United States Agency For International Development
Latest Update: 15 February 2021
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