Peace Corps South Africa Welcomes New Volunteers

Excitement was the order of the day as 33 new American Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in during a special ceremony at the U.S. Community Center in Pretoria on Monday, April 16. This 37th cohort of volunteers arrived in South Africa in January before embarking on an immersive 10-week training schedule that included training in language, ...
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United States Supports World Tuberculosis Day Event in Durban

Press Release | March 23, 2018 The U.S. Consul General to Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes, attended South Africa’s World Tuberculosis (TB) event on March 21, in Cato Manor, Durban.  The event was co-sponsored by the United States and attended by Deputy President David Mabuza, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Innovative Journalism Workshop to Provide New Insights into HIV Reporting

Press Release | March 19, 2018 To explore ways to bring fresh perspectives into HIV reporting in South Africa, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a three-day workshop for South African journalists in Johannesburg from March 13-15, 2018.  Participants included reporters and editors from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. The course provided an ...
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Advancing the U.S.-South Africa Health Partnership

UNITED STATES GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR VISITS SOUTH AFRICA TO ADVANCE U.S.-SOUTH AFRICA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP Media Release March 13, 2018 The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx visited South Africa from February 19 to March 1 regarding implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The American people, through PEPFAR, are deeply committed ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

Media Advisory | September 19, 2017 Under this new Strategy, the United States, through PEPFAR, will continue to invest in over 50 countries, including continued substantial investments in South Africa. The U.S. government remains committed to partnering with South Africa and commends the South African government’s continued leadership and increasing financial contribution to its response. ...
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U.S. Partners With SA Health Department

Over 866 nursing graduates have benefited from high quality training through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) between the governments of South Africa and U.S. Durban | August 25, 2017: U.S. Embassy South Africa Health Attaché Steve Smith officially handed over the #NEPI program to South Africa’s National Department of Health at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital ...
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US diplomat sees funds are well spent

On her recent visit to the Lowveld, the US Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, Jessye Lapenn, learned more about some of the work the Embassy does in Mpumalanga. Lowvelder | June 24, 2017 | Philippa Francis MBOMBELA – Lowvelder joined the American acting ambassador on her visit to GRIP on Monday afternoon, where CEO Sakina Mohamed outlined the sex-work programme. The organisation uses a Pepfar ...
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PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB

PEPFAR Approves 2017 Budget to Support South Africa’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB Media Advisory: May 5, 2017  On April 25, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah Birx, approved PEPFAR’s $483 million Country Operational Plan 2017 (COP2017) budget for South Africa, an increase over 2016.  The COP2017 budget ...
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The U.S. Consulate General Durban supports the work of the Denis Hurley Centre’s Usizo Lwethu Clinic

The U.S. Consulate General Durban supports the work of the Denis Hurley Centre’s Usizo Lwethu Clinic The U.S. Consulate General Durban congratulates the Usizo Lwethu Clinic for its remarkable accomplishments in 2016. The clinic, located in the Denis Hurley Centre in downtown Durban, reported a notable increase in patient visits from 17,000 in 2015 to ...
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DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey

DREAMS Event Features Guest Speaker Oprah Winfrey Media Advisory | December 3, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard hosted an audience of young South African women on Friday for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey, who is in South Africa celebrating the sixth graduating class ...
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PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce Winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge

Press Release | July 18, 2016 PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce Winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge $40 Million Targeted on Keeping Girls in Secondary School Durban, South Africa – Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare announced a ...
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#AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made

IOL | SPECIAL FEATURE | 15 Jul ’16, 2:16pm Aaron Motsoaledi and Patrick Gaspard #AIDS2016: 16 years on, many gains have been made When the International Aids Conference opened in Durban 16 years ago, the challenge seemed insurmountable. Scientists were projecting that half of South Africa’s young people would die of Aids. At ...
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PEPFAR Investing More Than $410 Million Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in South Africa

Media Advisory | July 11, 2016 PEPFAR Investing More Than $410 Million Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in South Africa The U.S. government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved 2016 Country Operational Plan (COP16) programming and funding of $410 million (R 5.7 billion) towards the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation ...
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Consul General Christopher Rowan visits Shout-It-Now and Nanga Vhutshilo during AIDS Awareness Week

Consul General Christopher Rowan visited a couple of sites that demonstrate the unshakable commitment of the United States to South Africa in combating HIV/AIDS and reducing stigma, both around testing and treatment and for children in families affected by HIV. CG Rowan visited the Shout-It-Now testing site in Tsakane, Johannesburg and Nanga Vhutshilo, a children’s care ...
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Community Grants Recipient Helps Young Girls Make Healthy Choices

To mark the UN International Day of the Girl in October, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited female students at uMkhumbane Secondary School in Chesterville. More than fifty girls are part of a peer educator program supported by U.S.  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants recipient Hope2Educate. This organization works to reduce the number of young teens engaged in sexual ...
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Durban Consul General Previews New Health Initiative

Garlicke & Bousfield Attorneys recently hosted U.S. Consul General, Frances Chisholm, to discuss the latest United States initiatives on HIV /AIDS in ‪South Africa. Consul General Chisholm indicated that ‪‎ U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)  is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nike Foundation, to launch an international initiative, ‪ DREAMS  (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women) to reduce new ...
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Promoting Healthy Choices and Lifestyles

U.S. Consul General Frances Chisholm joined KwaZulu-Natal‘s Member of the Executive Council for Health, Dr. Sbongiseni Dhlomo and Dr. Albertina Luthuli to participate in the ‪Rotary Family Health Day Campaign at the‪‎  Luthuli Museum  in Groutville on October 7. The community received free‪ ‎TB screening, testing and counselling for HIV, vitamin A supplements, and healthy lifestyle information. The program also provided ...
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Saying No to Gender-Based Violence (GBV): KZN’s Opinion-Makers, Artists, and Community Leaders Get the Message Out

A large, mostly-male crowd turned out for the August 14 dialogue, “Men Standing Against Violence Against Women” at the Durban Playhouse. Organized by Dramaide.co.za through the ‪Brothers for Life campaign with support from USAID – U.S. Agency for International Development and  The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) , the event was part of the 19th South African Women’s Arts Festival. Speakers included Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi ...
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“Dual Protection” Billboard Stresses Healthy Choices for KZN Youth

U.S. Consul General Chisholm joined KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Health Dr. S.M. Dhlomo for the August 4th unveiling of a “Dual Protection” billboard near Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban. The dual protection program emphasizes both medical male circumcision and condom use to prevent the transmission of ‪HIV/AIDS. In her remarks of support, CG Chisholm highlighted the ...
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“GeneratioNEXT” Promotes Opportunities for Local Youth

Consulate Durban’s “GeneratioNEXT” youth leaders hosted a July 11 Career Expo at KwaMashu Township, north of Durban.  The event brought young people face-to-face with NGOs, businesses, and educational institutions in KwaZulu-Natal. Exhibitors included the University of KwaZulu- Natal, the South African Department of Labor, Activate Changer Drivers, and KZN Youth Empowerment Project. The U.S. Consulate’s ...
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Consul General Durban and Iqraa Trust’s Shared Interests

Consul General Chisholm visited  Iqraa Trust Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Youssef-Baker on May 25.  Dr. Baker briefed the Consul General on the Trust’s support for a wide range of projects in education and skills development, health care initiatives, and youth development. CG Chisholm noted the common interests of the U.S.  Government and the Iqraa Trust in promoting strong ...
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PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls

PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls   Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Huffington Post |12/09/2014 3:11 pm EST   Ask an adolescent girl about her dreams for the future and hopefully you will hear bold ambitions: dreams of becoming a doctor, lawyer, scientist or a ...
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Strengthening Healthcare Systems in KwaZulu-Natal

On Dec 8, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited an important site in the history of healthcare in South Africa, the former Addington Children’s Hospital on the Durban beachfront. Now called the “KZN Children’s Hospital,” its structure is the formerly abandoned Addington Children’s Hospital whose doors were closed in 1984 as it was a “nonracial” institution ...
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U.S. and S.A.: Partners Striving for an AIDS Free Generation

On December 1, Consul General Frances Chisholm joined provincial and district officials commemorating World AIDS Day 2014 at Ntambanana Municipality in the uThungulu District of KwaZulu-Natal. Expanding on the theme of “Zero Stigma and Discrimination,”participants took stock of past successes, assessed future challenges, and stressed the need to change social attitudes toward those living with ...
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US-sponsored MomConnect App Provides Free Antenatal Information

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program has invested $4.9 million (R49million) towards MomConnect, a program aimed at preventing maternal mortality through the use of mobile phone technology. With MomConnect, the South African Government expects to save more lives by following women in their communities via mobile phone ...
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PEPFAR-Supported Rural Clinic Breaking Records in KwaZulu-Natal

MTHIMUDE – A small clinic in rural KwaZulu-Natal province is making waves for its impressive quality results of health data management. Mthimude Clinic is now being held as a shining example, after achieving the highest rating nationwide, for health information pre-audits conducted by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial department of health. Each year the Auditor General South ...
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South African Premiere of The Forgotten Kingdom

“Powerful … a lyrical and beautifully told story … stunning mountain scenery and absolutely authentic Basotho characters … the first movie I have seen that does not depict poverty in a negative way.” These were some of the comments from guests at the April 9 premiere of “The Forgotten Kingdom,” a film shot in South ...
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Victory over TB: Thabo Palesane’s story

“I’m  thankful to the South African Health System to be alive because TB can be prevented and cured yet it can be fatal if left unattended” –  these are the words of a TB survivor and ambassador, Thabo Pelesane. Pelesane, who was born in the township of Jouberton in Klerksdrop, North West, suffered with TB ...
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PEPFAR and Civil Society Meet

On Monday 3 February 2014, 35 members of civil society representing 18 different sectors and affiliated to the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) met with representatives from the United States Government in Benoni to engage in discussions regarding PEPFAR programs and strategic direction. Organizations represented include the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), ...
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Bono Applauds United States Government for Leadership

U2 singer and philanthropist Bono accepted the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Visionary Award this week on behalf of U2. This is the first time the award was given to someone other than a filmmaker. Bono used the award acceptance opportunity to speak about his band’s advocacy work. The following is a transcript of excerpts ...
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The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned and Great Hope for the Future in South Africa

South Africa, with support from the United States through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), provides more than 2.4 million of its people with antiretroviral treatment (ART) – saving countless lives, keeping families together, and increasing South Africa’s overall economic productivity. Since 2004, PEPFAR has invested more than $4.2 billion in South Africa’s ...
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ZAZI Reaches Young Women at Zulu Reed Dance

The PEPFAR-supported ZAZI (know your strength) campaign took to kwaZulu- Natal’s eNyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma on Saturday August 31, 2013, reaching out to about 40 000 girls to promote awareness of pertinent issues affecting young girls such as delaying sexual debut, the promotion of dual protection (contraception and condom usage) and violence against women ...
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PEPFAR Stories of Survival in Rural Mpumalanga Province

A person needs to spend only a moment speaking with a staff member at the Amsterdam Community Health Centre (CHC) or one of the 1,430 patients currently receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the facility to understand the benefits of Nurse Initiated and Managed Antiretroviral Treatment (NIMART). Caring nurses like BroadReach’s Nurse Mentor Elza Marx tops ...
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Siyayinqoba: Beat It! Conquers Fear of HIV Testing

Siyayinqoba Beat It!, a South African magazine show produced by the Community Health Media Trust (CMT) discusses hard-hitting topics about people living with HIV. Not content with using a mass media to reach out on a national level, CMT goes one step further: with funding from PEPFAR through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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“Thibela TB” has Miners Covered

Aurum finds that a 40c per day preventive treatment can reduce TB cases among miners by 63% Thibela TB, which means Prevent TB in seSotho, a predominant language among South African gold miners, is a large workplace-based study among gold miners in Gauteng, Free State and North West provinces. Gold miners have a very high ...
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ICAP Leaves Proud Legacy in Eastern Cape

On a sweltering day in East London (affectionately known as Buffalo City by the locals), South African government and (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partners gathered to celebrate eight years of dedicated public health support by Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) in South Africa. The strong relationship ...
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PEPFAR Partner EGPAF’s Successful Project Transitions to South African Organizations

After 12 years of work in South Africa, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), one of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) first implementation partners in South Africa, transitioned its successful program to two local organizations in February 2012. EGPAF will transition the program to two well-established South African organizations:  Aurum Health ...
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Ngwako Makgaba’s Triumph Over Adversity

Five years ago, Ngwako Makgaba was down and, with a CD4 count of 105, almost literally out. In 2000, he was diagnosed HIV positive. Six years later, he was unemployed, living in the informal squatting type community of Diepsloot, at his mother’s shack.  His brother had just died of AIDS. “I didn’t know where my ...
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First Class of Clinical Associates Graduates from Walter Sisulu University

May 8, 2011 was a landmark day in South Africa as the Faculty of Health Sciences at Walter Sisulu University celebrated the official graduation of the nation’s first group of Clinical Associates at its Mthatha Campus. Similar to Physician Assistants in the United States, Clinical Associates are university-trained medical professionals who will work primarily at ...
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