This Annual Report presents a few highlights of HSTs work in 2002/2003, including the National HIV/AIDS Scientific Forum organised jointly by HST and the National Department of Health in August 2002 the national Public Health 2003 Conference hosted by HST and PHASA in March 2003, and the launch of the 2002 South African Health Review in March 2003.
This report outlines experience with ART in a number of sub-Saharan countries. ART is provided through a number of different avenues, which include the public sector, the non-profit sector, the corporate sector and the private sector. ART programmes may involve collaboration between two or more sectors with such partnerships being encouraged in recognition that the magnitude of the task may exceed the capacity of any one sector. Particular attention is paid to Botswana, the first sub-Saharan country to provide ART on a wide-scale through the public sector.
An Evaluation of the Quality of Counselling Provided to Mothers in Three PMTCT Pilot Sites in South Africa
The aim of this study was to assess the quality of counselling provided to mothers through the programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in South Africa. This was a cross-sectional descriptive study and data collection methods included structured observations of consultations and exit interviews with sixty mothers attending clinics in three purposively selected PMTCT sites across South Africa. One feedback workshop was held in each site with key role players to discuss the findings and to enhance interpretation and understanding.
Case Study Reports on Implementation and Expansion of the PMTCT Programme in the Nine Provinces of South Africa
Implementation of a pilot programme for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV commenced in early 2001 in South Africa following a National government decision in late 2000. A total of 18 pilot sites, two in each of the 9 Provinces, were selected using broad criteria including high HIV prevalence, representation of urban and rural health services, and primary and secondary level facilities. These served as research and learning sites to assess the feasibility of implementing this programme more widely.