South Africa

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Improvement Data Validation in South Africa

With PEPFAR funding, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project implemented a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program in South Africa from 2014 to...

2018 Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Durban, South Africa

Medical male circumcision offers a gateway to HIV testing and medical check-ups

Donna Jacobs

Chief of Party, South Africa, USAID ASSIST Project

Collen Bonnecwe

National Director, National Department of Health, South Africa

Circumcision can prevent thousands of HIV infections by 2030 at a relatively low cost, but the uptake has been slower than expected.

Arriving at a clinic in Johannesburg in April, Thabo Khoza* (23) was greeted by Nurse Lettie Tshabalala*. He informed her that he had heard about the benefits of voluntary medical male circumcision on the radio and from someone at work. He told the nurse he wanted to get circumcised because it would help him be more hygienic. One of his girlfriends had also insisted that "circumcised men are so much better in bed".

Tools for the South Africa Integrated People-centered Health Services Baseline and Endline Assessments

These tools were used in South Africa for the ASSIST activity on integrated people-centered health services (IPCHS). The baseline report is in review by USAID and should be available soon. The data collections tools may be downloaded below...

PHFS Quarterly Webinar-August 2016


A Finer Cut: South Africa's Journey to Improve Quality in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

This short film describes the support provided by the PEPFAR-funded USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project to introduce continuous quality improvement (CQI) in PEPFAR-supported voluntary medical male...

CQI for Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support program

The South Africa Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support Training Program is a USAID-funded program. The training and mentorship was provided by University Research Co., LLC (URC). The course is designed to assist the staff who work...