The National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (NSP) 2017-2022 Mid Term Review (MTR) was an in-depth analysis of the NSP implementation, with the aim to illustrate progress made towards reaching the NSP targets across the eight NSP goals. The review focused on the first half of the NSP term (2017 to 2019) and documented emerging issues and opportunities, lessons learnt, gaps and challenges encountered. This summary of findings focused on the first four goals of the NSP and presents key data pertaining to women in South Africa, using 2016 as the baseline year and 2018 for the most recent data.
The focus on young and adult women in this summary is important because women are disproportionately affected by HIV in South Africa. In 2018, 21% of women were estimated to be living with HIV, compared to 13% of men. Furthermore, the HIV prevalence among young women is three times greater than that of young men. In 2018, 500,000 young women aged 15 to 24 years were living with HIV, compared to 167,000 young men.
The review synthesised evidence from primary data, collected through key informant interviews at national and provincial levels, and desk review of secondary data from diverse sources. SANAC NSP Reference Group, Strategic Information Technical Task Team, Civil Society, and other stakeholders were instrumental to ensuring high-quality review and validation of findings. The MTR findings will:
- inform targeted implementation of the NSP for the remaining period ending March 2022
- provide recommendations for enhanced performance towards achievement of the NSP targets by the end of the NSP term.