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Provision and need of HIV/AIDS services in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, 2010

Annette A M Gerritsen, Janine S Mitchell, Brenda White

Abstract


Objectives. To determine the need for HIV/AIDS service provision in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM), especially in municipal areas.
Methods. The Foundation for Professional Development initiated the Compass Project. Using a questionnaire, data were collected during May - June 2010 from organisations providing HIV/AIDS services in the CTMM (organisational information and types of HIV/AIDS services). The need for HIV counselling and testing (HCT), antiretroviral treatment (ART), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) was estimated using data from various sources.
Results. A total of 447 service providers was included in the study: 72.3% non-governmental organisations (NGOs); 18.1% in the public sector; 5.1% in the private sector; and 4.5% faith-based organisations. The majority of the prevention- (70.2%) and support-related services (77.4%) were provided by NGOs, while the majority of treatment-related services originated from the public sector (57.3%). Service need estimates included: HCT – 1 435 438 adults aged 15 - 49 years (11 127/service provider); total ART – 75 211 adults aged 15+ years (1 213/service provider); ART initiation – 30 713 adults aged 15+ years (495/service provider); PMTCT-HCT – 30 092 pregnant women (510/service provider); PMTCT-ART – 7 734 HIV+ pregnant women (221/service provider); and OVC care – 54 590 children (258/service provider).
Conclusions. Service gaps remain in the provision of HCT, PMTCT-ART and OVC care. ART provision must be increased, in light of new treatment guidelines from the Department of Health.

Authors' affiliations

Annette A M Gerritsen, Epi Result

Janine S Mitchell, Foundation for Professional Development

Brenda White, Foundation for Professional Development

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Keywords

HIV; AIDS; Health Service Provision

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2012;102(1):44.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-04-16
Date published: 2011-12-14

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