An evaluation of the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) project was conducted in South Africa between September 7th and October 26th to document the degree to which the USAID-funded palliative care interventions were successful, identify best practices, suggest improvements, and provide recommendations for follow-on interventions.
Helping young South Africans achieve their potential demands a greater investment in literacy skills of primary grade learners in a rural areas. This challenge is being addressed through enhancing teachers’ skills and recruiting and training community members to serve as literacy volunteers.
Technical Notes is an appendix to the Evaluation Report (also known as the Main Report) of World Vision’s Network of Hope program, South Africa 2006 – 2012. Technical Notes consists of extended explanations on technical and substantive matters as necessary, tables and statistical data. This appendix has been compiled to facilitate easy reading in the Main Report. References to the Technical Notes are made throughout the Main Report and follow the sequence of that report’s sections. This appendix is available from Pact South Africa (Pretoria).
At the project’s inception, USAID/South Africa’s Health and HIV/AIDS Strategy was responding to the overwhelming challenges posed by the epidemic on individuals, families, communities and society in South Africa. There had been a dramatic rise in HIV infections during the previous decade threatening to undermine many of the advances made since efforts to transform the sector began in 1994. During the fifteen years prior to the project, HIV infection rates among pregnant women in antenatal clinics went from less than one percent (in 1990) to over 30 percent (in 2005).
While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor. In response, Bridges to the Future Initiative in South Africa (BFI-SA) is designing an interactive, computer-based learning tool improve literacy rates among primary grade learners.
Last updated: November 19, 2013