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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.

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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.

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Gender-based violence and sexual assault in South Africa is a widespread dilemma that leaves many women, children and other vulnerable people traumatized and helpless. In response, Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) work with survivors and providers alike to tackle this epidemic.

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the Humana TCE programme has made a significant impact on communities where it has been implemented in terms of improving knowledge about HIV and AIDS, attitudes of personal empowerment and healthy behaviour within the context of the epidemic, and changing sexual and health seeking behaviours.

The evaluation also sets out to identify any additional effects, both positive and negative, and whether positive impacts are likely to be sustained over time.

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).

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Last updated: July 13, 2017

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