In South Africa, the Council implements a diverse portfolio of projects to reduce HIV transmission and mitigate its impact; improve the quality of and access to reproductive health services; reduce levels of gender-based violence; and build local research capacity.
The Council seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, including children, migrants, and men who have sex with men. A needs assessment conducted by the Council among migrants in Johannesburg resulted in an intervention to improve health service delivery, and in advocacy to overcome stigma and discrimination. The Council and its partners developed a national directory of children’s services for providers who work with children affected or orphaned by HIV and AIDS. The Council’s South Africa office is also a key part of our product-development work and has managed multiple HIV microbicide trials.
The Population Council has worked in partnership with the national government, nongovernmental organizations, and universities in South Africa since 1999.