UNAIDS estimates that there are 320,000 adolescents living with HIV in South Africa – this is the highest in the world.
Our adolescent programme empowered healthcare workers to provide high quality HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health services through the provision of Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Services (AYFS). Our specialist teams of AYFS Coordinators and Mentors provided structured teaching, mentoring and quality improvement support that was tailored to meet the needs of each clinic. Further clinical expertise was provided by our Nurse Mentors.
In total CHIVA South Africa has provided AYFS support to 70 facilities in the following districts in KwaZulu/Natal – uGu, eThekwini, Harry Gwala and uThukela.
Other Health System Strengthening Interventions
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape: Improving Child Health Outcomes in Partnership with UNICEF SA
During 2017, to complement their efforts, UNICEF SA invited us to assist them in increasing understanding of the specific needs of children and adolescents in relation to key health indicators, improve quality of service delivery, strengthen retention into care and treatment, minimize losses to follow-up, and attain the 90-90-90 targets.
Harry Gwala, KwaZulu-Natal: On-Site Mentoring and Teaching In Rural Health Facilities
During 2015 and 2016 our teams of SA staff and UK and SA volunteers worked in health facilities across Harry Gwala. During this period our teams spent more than 20 weeks in facilities supporting health facility staff to improve paediatric care for their community.
Eastern Cape: On-Site Mentoring and Teaching in Rural Health Facilities
During 2014 and 2015 our teams of SA staff and UK and SA volunteers worked in health facilities in the Lusikisiki and Flagstaff areas of Eastern Cape. During this period our teams spent more than 10 weeks in facilities supporting health facility staff to improve paediatric care for their community.
North West Province: Improving Paediatric Care Services
The purpose of this three year project (2012-2015) in partnership with North West Province DOH and funded by The Nuffield Foundation was to mentor and teach health professionals working in NWP to help them improve prevention, treatment and care services for infants and children living with HIV. During the three year programme, our teams of UK and SA volunteers and CHIVA SA team worked alongside staff in Primary Health Clinics across the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District (DKK). This district has the highest HIV prevalence in the province and the project focused on four sub-districts; Maquassi Hills, Ventersdorp, Tlokwe and Matlosana