HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) are syndemic. HIV epidemic control cannot be achieved without addressing gender inequality and GBV.

USAID implements activities to prevent GBV, enhance the safety of GBV survivors, and support survivors with services to remain HIV-negative or to start HIV treatment.

USAID seeks to increase the accessibility of clinical GBV response services by increasing the number of primary health care sites delivering post-violence clinical care in South Africa.

MAIN ISSUE:

  • AmFAR identified gaps in access to post-violence care at GBV one-stop centers and shelters.

SOLUTION:

  1. The Government of South Africa included the expansion of GBV clinical care sites in its new National GBV Strategic Plan.
  2. USAID analyzed HIV incidence and GBV prevalence hotspots to identify geographic areas of overlap.
  3. USAID used this analysis to inform the expansion of sites where clinical GBV response services are provided, no longer focusing just on one-stop-centers but also delivering care at HIV treatment sites.

RESULT:

  • USAID/South Africa increased its clinical GBV response targets by 40%.