Implementing a multi-sectoral response to HIV: a case study of AIDS councils in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Mahlangu, P., Vearey, J., Thomas, L. and Goudge, J. (2017) Implementing a multi-sectoral response to HIV: a case study of AIDS councils in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, Global Health Action Journal 10(1) [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2017.1387411] OPEN ACCESS
A multi-sectoral response is advocated by international organisations as a good strategy to address the multiple drivers and impact of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), and was historically mandated as a condition of funding. In March 2017, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the latest 5 year National Strategic Plan (NSP) to address HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. As with previous iterations, the NSP calls for multi-sectoral action (MSA) and mandates AIDS councils (ACs) at different levels to coordinate its implementation. Efforts have been made to advocate for the adoption of MSA in South Africa, yet evaluation of these efforts is currently limited. This paper assesses the implementation of a multi-sectoral response to HIV in South Africa, through a case study of the Mpumalanga Province.