South Africa is the country with the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. The total number of HIV infected South Africans stands at more than 6.4 million. Through the coordinated efforts of the public sector, community based organizations, and international partners, South Africa has made significant progress in meeting the prevention, treatment, care, and support needs of South Africans at risk for and living with HIV. The National Strategic Plan of HIV & AIDS, STIs, and TB 2007-2011 has identified retention in care of children and adults on anti-retroviral treatment as a priority.
Linkages to Care and Retention (LinkCare) is a targeted program of Technical Assistance and support to the South Africa government and its partners to further develop and implement HIV/AIDS, TB and other chronic disease care and support services nationwide. South Africa Partners works with the Department of Health and other departments at the national and provincial levels to strengthen systems that enable people with chronic diseases to be linked to care, retained in care and supported in adhering to treatment. LinkCARE supports the implementation of the National Adherence Guidelines for Chronic Diseases (tuberculosis, HIV and non-communicable diseases) and the national monitoring and evaluation system.
LinkCare has been instrumental in the finalization of the 12 Adherence Guidelines tools and job-aids which has been endorsed by the South Africa Minister of Health and the Director General. From April to June 2016, the program trained 795 Provincial Department of Health facility staff on the National Adherence Guidelines.
Our partner, Zoë-Life, together with the National Department of Health, recently adapted a module of KidzAlive to include I ACT for Kidz, a facilitated intervention for children ages 4 – 11, in particular children who are at risk of HIV or living with HIV. The intention of KidzAlive is to increase HIV testing, treatment, prevention and the long-term survival of children affected by HIV.
Components of the KidzAlive program include:
For more information visit KidzAlive.