Department of Correctional Services
Right to Care was a sub-recipient of:
- the Aurum Institute, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant for the provision of technical assistance in 80 Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facilities and
- the National Department of Health (NDoH) Global Fund grant for direct service delivery in 40 DCS facilities.
The programme was implemented in two DCS regions – KwaZulu-Natal and Free State/Northern Cape. It closed out in 2019.
Right to Care:
- supported the DCS with tuberculosis (TB) and HIV health services and
- provided technical assistance and direct service delivery for HIV, AIDS, sexually-transmitted infections (STI) and TB (HAST) health programmes.
Our work focused on:
Achievements in correctional services facilities
The UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy was implemented.
Right to Care:
- achieved the first two UNAIDS 90s for HIV,
- exceeded targets for TB,
- introduced on-site treatment initiation and
- reduced waiting times for patient testing, diagnosis and treatment.
Other achievements included:
- Gene XPert labs being set up in high volume facilities to speed up sputum testing and result acquisition, allowing the rapid initiation of patients on treatment,
- DCS staff being trained on TIER.net, the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) information system for HIV and TB,
- The introduction of a comprehensive prevention package and reporting tool,
- Improved alignment with NDoH guidelines for HIV and TB healthcare services in facilities,
- An excellent achievement – over 85% – in CDC/PEPFAR audit scores and
- A clean Auditor General audit.
In the 40 DCS facilities (supported for direct service delivery) the following results were reported in the 2018 financial year:
- 80,195 people were screened for TB,
- 272 people were diagnosed with TB,
- 269 inmates were initiated on TB treatment,
- 73,595 people were counselled for HIV,
- 29,395 people were tested for HIV and
- 2,692 inmates were initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART).