South Africa

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Since 1995, we’ve been increasing access to quality health services for families.

  • Jhpiego developed a workforce development strategy and training materials that capacitated master trainers and providers of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in provincial health departments—resulting in more than 123,000 men and boys receiving VMMC services and benefiting from this procedure’s protective effect against HIV infection.
  • Thanks to Jhpiego-supported HIV testing services, more than 110,000 South Africans have learned their HIV status.
  • Jhpiego’s advocacy for nurse-led antiretroviral services contributed to the South African government’s approval for nurses and midwives to have authority to prescribe antiretroviral drugs for people living with HIV.

Our Work in South Africa

With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego is working with the Government of South Africa to provide voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in six districts in KwaZulu-Natal province as well as the City of Cape Town. The objectives of this project are to:

  • Support the Government of South Africa in ensuring provision of high-quality, high-volume, cost-efficient VMMC services to males aged 15–34 through implementation of innovative demand creation strategies.
  • Ensure that VMMC services are integrated and implemented as a package of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
  • Coordinate forecasting, procurement, quality assurance, distribution and storage of VMMC surgical kits and commodities.
  • Support transition of direct VMMC service delivery to the national Department of Health facilities.

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) focuses on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. MCSP is introducing and supporting high-impact, sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) interventions in partnership with ministries of health and other partners. In addition to contributing to high-level technical and policy dialogue at the global level, MCSP provides tailored technical assistance to help countries meet specific priorities and contextual needs of local, sustainable RMNCH programs. In South Africa, MCSP supports the development of nursing capacity at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), a unique pediatric specialty hospital in South Africa, to help the sickest children in the region receive high quality, state-of-the-art health care. Through exchange and educational programming, nurses from NMCH can access world-class, hands-on training from Johns Hopkins Hospital, enabling them to improve their skills, expand their pediatric specialties and become subject-matter expert trainers themselves. For more information on what MCSP is doing in this country, visit here:

Under this multi-country award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego provides technical assistance as needed to guarantee the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and client/provider satisfaction in implementation and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision. The project targets 14 countries that are priorities of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, including South Africa.