Partnering to Achieve Epidemic Control in South Africa

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Date: 02/11/2015 Description: PEPFAR South Africa logo © PEPFAR logo
The United States is proud to support South Africa’s leadership in the global HIV/AIDS response. The Partnership Framework Implementation Plan (PFIP), signed by representatives of the U.S. government and South African government (SAG) in 2012, outlines joint investments that will further reduce HIV infections and strengthen health systems.
The PFIP is a commitment by both governments to continue supporting the HIV/AIDS response, where the U.S. contribution will transition to technical assistance as the SAG increases its monetary investment. PEPFAR will continue to align investments with national priorities and to coordinate with the SAG; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and other development partners to reduce new infections and save lives. Specific priorities include
  • Managing transition of clinical services to the SAG, focusing on priority areas, including TB/HIV co-infection and pediatric and adolescent services
  • Supporting HIV prevention services, including HIV testing and counseling, voluntary medical male circumcision, and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT)
  • Strengthening the health and social welfare system and workforce for orphans and vulnerable children services
  • Implementing cross-cutting activities for HIV/AIDS-related surveillance, laboratory systems strengthening, human resource capacity building, health information systems, and supply chain management
  • Working together with South Africa to refocus PEPFAR resources to save lives and sustainably control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by scaling up interventions in high-burden areas–in line with the UNAIDS Fast-Track strategy and 90-90-90 targets for 20201, 2

HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20143


Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20143


Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20144


Estimated antiretroviral treatment coverage (adults ages 15+), 20143


Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who receive antiretroviral medications for PMTCT, 20143



Saving Lives

In 2015, PEPFAR’s co-investment in support of the SAG and implementing partners has contributed to the following achievements:

  • Life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.9 million people
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention for more than 472,047 men
  • HIV testing and counseling for more than 9.8 million people
  • Care and support for 408,969 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Antiretroviral medications for 266,369 pregnant women living with HIV to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission

Get the most up-to-date data on program results, expenditures, and planned funding at

PEPFAR Planned Funding in South Africa, 2004-2015 (USD in millions)5

























  1. UNAIDS. (2014). Fast-Track - Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Geneva: Author.
  2. UNAIDS. (2014). 90-90-90: An ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic. Geneva: Author.
  3. UNAIDS. (2015). How AIDS changed everything. Geneva: Author.
  4. UNAIDS. (2014). South Africa: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved October 27, 2015, from
  5. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards and, which represent planned new bilateral funding initially approved in the PEPFAR Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COPs/ROPs) each fiscal year. As additional funding may be approved and made available after the initial COPs/ROPs submission, or to PEPFAR-supported countries that are not required to submit an annual COP/ROP, data on the Dashboards may not represent the final PEPFAR programmatic funding level in countries each fiscal year. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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