A recent study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found a high HIV infection rate among farm workers in South Africa’s Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
Conducted over three months (March to May 2010) on 23 commercial farms in the Malelane, Musina and Tzaneen areas, this Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) involved 2810 farm workers. The survey found that 39.5 percent of farm workers who anonymously gave blood specimens for testing are HIV positive. This is twice the national prevalence of 18.1 percent* in South Africa.
Uthungulu District; August 6, 2010: The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health (DoH) can screen and treat one million women for cervical cancer in the next two years, following USAID’s donation of more than R5 million of specialty medical and surgical equipment, commemorating Women’s day and month.
On June 2nd, 2010, USAID hosted Jimmie Briggs, a journalist, author, and activist, on a visit to a Thuthuzela Care Center (TCC) in Tembisa, South Africa. He was in the country to promote his Man Up campaign. The campaign’s main focus is to create a following amongst youths globally to join efforts to prevent violence against women. USAID has been working with advocate Thoko Majokweni, the head of the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit of South Africa’s National Prosecution Authority, to help launch multiple TCCs across South Africa.
Mpumalanga: In August 2007 South Africa’s Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Services (DOHSS) asked the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the implementation of a new drug warehouse. The aim includes supplying and installing equipment, helping to develop standard operating procedures, and training warehouse staff.
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.
Last updated: October 15, 2014