Since beginning work in South Africa in 1995, Jhpiego has implemented programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jhpiego’s technical focus in South Africa has been on HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and newborn and pediatric care in support of National Department of Health and Provincial Departments of Health initiatives.
Jhpiego supports the Government of the Republic of South Africa in its goal of ensuring provision of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in selected provinces. South Africa is one of the countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with the largest number of people living with HIV—an estimated 7 million adults and children. As part of the strategy to bring the HIV epidemic under control in South Africa, the National Department of Health, in collaboration with development partners such as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is endeavoring to expand the provision of high-quality, accessible VMMC services, with an emphasis on reaching men between the ages of 15 and 29. With funding from CDC, Jhpiego has helped contribute to the number of skilled providers available to perform VMMC and assisted in developing models for scaling up access to services through fixed, mobile and outreach sites.
In addition, under the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego is working closely with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) and Johns Hopkins Medicine International to develop the NMCH’s nursing capacity in tertiary pediatric care as the hospital prepares to establish itself as a regional center for learning in the Southern African region.