Energizing the Fight against HIV in South Africa
Trip Report of the CSIS Delegation to South Africa, February 2016
In February 2016, CSIS took a delegation of staff from the U.S. Congress to South Africa to assess progress in the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS. The visit came at a time of considerable economic and political turbulence in South Africa. These dynamics create a challenging environment for the United States to implement a new strategy for its flagship global health policy, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Despite this, positive progress was observed that provides a platform to reach ambitious targets for significantly reducing HIV prevalence. Continued progress will be contingent upon the completion of major reforms to South Africa’s health system.