South Africa

The Epidemic

South Africa is one of the largest and most populous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The country has a generalized HIV epidemic, which has stabilized over the past four years at a national antenatal prevalence of around 30%, and a national prevalence rate of 17% (UNAIDS; 2012).

South Africa has recently had one of the largest increases in treatment access in the world, with a scale-up of treatment services of 75 percent between 2009 and 2011 (UNAIDS 2012). In October 2012, South Africa reached the target of universal access to treatment as the total number of people receiving treatment reached 2 million (Irin/Plus news, 2012).

In KwaZulu-Natal, the region with the highest prevalence, just under 40 percent of 15-49 year-olds are living with HIV (UNGASS, 2012).

South Africa currently ranks the third highest in the world in terms of the TB burden, with an incidence that has increased by 400% over the past 15 years.South Africa also has one of the highest HIV and TB co-infection rates with an HIV prevalence of almost three-quarters among people with incident tuberculosis. Despite accounting for just 0.7 percent of the global population, the country accounts for 28 percent of the world’s people living with both HIV and TB (WHO, 2009).

Fighting both diseases together is seen as crucial. South Africa still faces enormous challenges in scaling up its response to these two epidemics.

  • Population: 51.8 million
  • People living with HIV: 5.6 million
  • People receiving ART: 2,000,000 (UNAIDS,2010)
  • Treatment Sites: 2
  • Locations: Ithembalabantu, Middledrift
  • Patients in care: 16,300
  • Patients receiving ART: 10,100

AHF in South Africa

In 2008, we opened a second center in Middledrift, Eastern Cape Province, in partnership with New Start. At both centers, we provide a full range of HIV prevention and treatment services, including testing, CD4 monitoring, social service support, treatment education, ART and opportunistic infection treatment. We’ve also distributed condoms and conducted tests at community outreach events.

Statistics from, 2011, unless otherwise stated.

AHF Services in South Africa

AHF established its first treatment site outside the U.S, in 2002 in Umlazi, a township south of Durban. This was collaboration between AHF and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. In 2008, a second site was opened in Middledrift, Eastern Cape Province, in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

AHF Services in South Africa

AHF South Africa offers comprehensive HIV and TB treatment and care services, including HIV prevention and testing. These services include antiretroviral medication, CD4 testing and lab monitoring, treatment for opportunistic infections, on-site pharmacy services, condom distribution and community outreach HIV testing services. AHF South Africa is committed to providing high quality medical as well as social support for those who need it. All these services are provided free of charge.

AHF South Africa
Ms. Hilary Thulare, Country Program Director
Ithembalabantu Clinic
162 Zwe Madlala Drive
W. Section, Umlazi 4031
Office: +273 9060452
Mobile: +27795026895, Us Mobile: +13233714168
Fax: +27862393690

Ms. Zamakhosi Mdlalose, Advocacy & PR Manager
Office: +273190604 52
Mobile: +27728860202
Fax: +2731907062

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