CDC funding for Aids in South Africa

Dr Nancy Nay of the CDC speaks at the HSRC launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began its collaboration with South African non-governmental and community-based organisations in 1989 to address the country’s growing HIV issues.

In 1994, CDC strengthened their support and began working with the government of South Africa to develop national HIV clinical, ethical, and research guidelines along with HIV- and TB-service delivery programmes. The CDC works on HIV prevention, care and treatment, integration of HIV- and TB- care treatment, health workforce capacity, laboratory capacity, health information systems, response systems and looks at the creation of a policy and legal framework for National Public Health Institutes.

The CDC is a science-led foundation and has made impressive enhancements and pragmatic means to test results of HIV by introducing electronic data methods which improve turnaround time and improve the quality of the results. The Human Sciences Research Council launched the fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey and the CDC will be involved with the test results. The CDC receives the results and then links the patients with the right care and support thereafter.

The overseas operation officer of CDC, Dr Nancy Nay said, “As always, the CDC continues its effort in tackling the issues of HIV and Aids in South Africa. We have employed new enabling technologies to make testing run smoother and we look forward to the conclusion of this survey in December.”

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