Ritshidze: Community-led Clinic Monitoring in South Africa

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Ritshidze Project

“Ritshidze” — meaning “Saving Our Lives” in TshiVenda — has been developed by people living with HIV and activists to hold the South African government and aid agencies accountable to improve overall HIV and TB service delivery through a community-led clinic monitoring system. Ritshidze monitoring takes place on a quarterly basis at 400 clinics and community healthcare centres across 27 districts in 8 provinces in South Africa. Facilities chosen cover nearly half of all people living with HIV on treatment in the country, with a focus on sites with large treatment cohorts and where data shows poor linkage and retention rates.

The Ritshidze project is being implemented by organizations representing people living with HIV—including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWA), Positive Action Campaign, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and the South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (SANERELA+)—in alliance with Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.


December 7, 2020
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health systems strengthening (HSS), healthcare quality, community-based approaches

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