PEPFAR is Saving Lives in South Africa

(L-R) Dr. Zuki Pinini (NDOH), Amy Herman-Roloff (CDC), Sister Nancy Nkopane (Laudium CHC), Ambassador Lana Marks, and Gloria Maimela (WRHI) at Laudium Community Health Centre in November 2019.

PEPFAR works through our South African partners and in collaboration with the Department of Health to prevent new HIV infections, link people living with HIV to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, and ensure they can stay on treatment. Our activities are focused in 27 high-burden districts throughout South Africa.

PEPFAR provides the following services in South Africa:

  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Antiretroviral treatment (ART)
  • Condom distribution & promotion
  • Distribution & education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Empowering adolescent girls and young women through DREAMS
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC)
  • ART for pregnant women to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission
  • Support for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • TB screening, preventive therapy, and treatment
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Community mobilization

All of PEPFAR’s activities in South Africa are aligned with the South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB, and STIs 2017-2022.

PEPFAR is led and managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. In South Africa, PEPFAR is implemented by four U.S. Government departments and agencies, leveraging the power of a whole-of-government approach to controlling the HIV epidemic.

Each year, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and staff from the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator meet with PEPFAR South Africa staff, the South African Government, implementing partners, and civil society organizations to plan PEPFAR’s activities for the coming year. At the end of this planning process, a Country Operational Plan (COP) is created, which details PEPFAR’s priorities, activities it will support, and budget information.

Read the South Africa Country Operational Plan for October 2020 to September 2021 (COP20). Find more information on the COP process and results from previous years here.