Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 10468
Country/Region: South Africa
Year: 2009
Main Partner: Population Council
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $485,452

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $485,452


Due to the lack of connectivity or access to internet it will be important to provide an alternative method of

accessing the database for service providers who suffer such constraints. An SMS text service is proposed

to enable specific choices to be identified for a specific area.

PC will continue to develop the database to its fullest extent and will work with key stakeholders such as the

Department of Social Development (DOSD) and DOE to ensure that caregivers of OVC are informed about

and given access to the database.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

The OVC policy and guidelines include indicators that should be collected to ensure that the implementation

of relevant activities is effective. PC will review the project tools for monitoring the project indicators to

ensure that the correct data is being captured and recorded correctly. Continued communication with key

stakeholders will also ensure broader strategic use of the directory.

PC will conduct training to ensure the successful transfer of the database and its maintenance to a local

partner. Documentation, models and manuals as well as appropriate instruction will be provided so that the

partner is fully informed of regular input and maintenance activities and is aware of how to anticipate the

scope of possible areas of concern. Specific areas of training would include, but not be limited to, the design

of the database, physical data model, configuration management, database maintenance, and support




In collaboration with the South African government (SAG), FY 2008 PEPFAR funds will be used to support

a service availability mapping exercise that will allow organizations to be able to locate all necessary HIV

and AIDS related services they may need in order to strengthen their own care and treatment service

delivery. This service availability mapping exercise of districts and sub-districts will assist home-based

caregivers, volunteers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and public health

facilities to provide referrals efficiently in order for clients to access services closest to their household.

USAID/South Africa recognizes the need to be aware of available services and resources in order to identify

gaps, avoid duplication and to maximize collaboration and linkages with other stakeholders and partners.

This activity will include mapping of the essential services available from the South African Government, for

example Home Affairs for birth certificates and identification documents, legal-aid centers for land disputes

and inheritance issues, Social Development for access to grants, Rape Centers for access to post exposure

prophylaxis (PEP), and ART treatment sites for access to pediatric and adult treatment, etc. Mapping

provides a means of organizing local knowledge through the common language of geography and visual

representation. Through a participatory process, local knowledge can be gathered, integrated, represented,

and shared. Maps can then act as a basis for community discussion, empowerment, and decision-making.

A service provider to implement this activity will be selected in October 2007.

Primary emphasis will be on local capacity building and the development of network referrals and

Information, Education and Communication. The final product, a directory of services, will be used widely

both by PEPFAR supported partners as well as the SAG and other organizations that provide HIV and AIDS

services in South Africa. This booklet will be shared widely through the HIV and AIDS networks and forums

in South Africa.

The primary target populations for the intervention include OVC, people living with HIV and AIDS and the

general population aged over 25 years.


The South Africa PEPFAR program embarked on a geographical information systems (GIS) mapping

activity in FY 2005. These maps have proven a valuable tool for planning and coordinating activities within

and across partners. However, to date, these maps only show PEPFAR supported services, as well as SAG

ART services. The USG Team would like to take this mapping down to a community level to improve

service delivery on the ground. This activity will strengthen referrals and linkages between government

departments, NGOs, civil society groups and HIV and AIDS service providers through sharing and

dissemination of information on the availability and location of essential services in South Africa.


A directory of organizations providing HIV and AIDS related services in South Africa will provide a useful

guide to the many agencies and organizations working to address the critical challenges faced by HIV and

AIDS in South Africa. There is a need for a comprehensive database of organizations working with and for

HIV-infected and affected individuals in South Africa. In 2001 a directory of Child HIV and AIDS services

was published by the Department of Social Development in collaboration with Save UK and UNICEF. In

addition, service availability mapping was completed in the Eastern Cape province during the former USAID

equity project. These directories are now out of date, however they will be used as the starting point to

establish a district map of the services and key service providers will be added. The availability mapping

exercise will inform all those concerned about HIV and AIDS, especially the partners funded by PEPFAR, of

the various services and initiatives available to assist them and to strengthen their efforts to support HIV-

infected individuals and their families. This directory will be user-friendly and will facilitate smooth referrals

and encourage linkages. The service directory will also enable organizations to better utilize services that

are available, facilitate new partnerships to address the gaps in service delivery and encourage a multi-

agency approach to assisting individual infected by HIV, their families and their communities. This activity

would begin in three of the provinces and will then be replicated in all nine provinces of South Africa. In

addition, this directory will be linked to GIS data points for more interactive usage of the directory and to

Activity Narrative: produce various maps.

This activity will contribute to the success of the following objectives of the SAG's National Strategic Plan; to

develop and implement mechanisms to identify, track and link OVC and child-headed households to grants,

benefits and social services at local levels and to increase the proportion of vulnerable children accessing

social grants, benefits and services.

New/Continuing Activity: New Activity

Continuing Activity:

Table 3.3.13:

Subpartners Total: $486,392
University of KwaZulu-Natal: $140,390
Westat: $312,512
Social Surveys: $33,490