HSRC appeals to South Africans to proceed their participation within the ongoing sixth nationwide HIV and well being examine – SABSSM VI

CATEGORY: Human and Social Capabilities
DATE: 18 July 2022

Pretoria, Monday 18 July  2022 –  The Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) is interesting to all South Africans to proceed their participation within the sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM VI) which was launched in February this 12 months.

The examine, which was first commissioned by former President Nelson Mandela in 2001, is a population-based, cross-sectional survey of households all through South Africa. The survey is performed to raised perceive the components driving the HIV epidemic, and to tell public well being insurance policies and programmes.

Presently, over 30 % of the focused Small Space Layers (SALs) have already been accomplished for the reason that launch of the survey. Simply over 550 SALs have been accomplished for SABSSM by mid-June, whereas 150 have been accomplished for COVID-19.

The general Principal Investigator, Prof Khangelani Zuma, the divisional government of the HSRC’s Human and Social Capabilities analysis division, expressed his gratitude to those that have already participated.

“We’re nonetheless calling on all South Africans to open their doorways for us in order that our researchers can gather info to assist enhance South Africa’s well being care system,” he added.

By conducting surveys and accumulating blood samples from properties throughout the nation, we are able to higher perceive the place the nation is within the struggle in opposition to HIV, COVID-19 and different illnesses. This can be a distinctive alternative for South Africans to contribute in direction of the event of efficient HIV prevention and therapy programmes.”

The survey is repeated each 3-5 years. This 12 months marks the twentieth anniversary of the primary spherical of the survey. One essential addition to the examine 12 months is {that a} sub-sample of members can be randomly chosen to check for SARS-Cov-2 antibodies, letting us higher perceive the true impression of SARS-Cov-2 on South Africa.

In response to Minister of Well being Dr Joe Phaahla,  the division is eagerly awaiting the findings of this essential survey. “It can help the division in monitoring the progress made in combating the HIV epidemic in South Africa. Due to this fact, we want to encourage neighborhood members to take part within the survey,” stated Dr Phaahla.  

What’s the goal of the survey?

The information gathered through the survey can be used to find out the HIV prevalence, incidence, antiretroviral therapy (ART) publicity, viral load suppression, drug resistance, and danger behaviors in South Africa. This info is critically essential in shaping our nation’s HIV coverage and  intervention programmes.  As well as, we will additionally have a look at the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies and the varied components that have an effect on it. This can assist the nation to raised perceive the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSRC makes use of cutting-edge expertise and an unlimited community of fieldworkers to interact with folks throughout the size and breadth of the nation, to make sure that the info gathered is correct and helpful in shaping coverage and technique on the highest stage.

The examine is happening throughout all 9 provinces and is focusing on a complete of 93 000 members from roughly 25 000 households.

Subject employees have already began working in communities and can proceed all through 2022. The success of the survey is determined by folks throughout the nation opening their doorways and permitting our discipline employees into their properties to finish the survey.

What does the survey contain?

Fieldworkers, who can be identifiable by their HSRC-marked bibs and id playing cards, will introduce themselves and supply an evidence as to the aim of the examine. As soon as a participant has consented to take part, our discipline employees will:  

  • Full a questionnaire on the well being behaviour of the participant utilizing a pill; and
  • Accumulate a blood pattern to check for HIV, and for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, supplied the participant consents to testing after finishing the questionnaire.

If a participant consents to being examined for HIV, our HIV testing and counselling (HTS) information collectors will present pre- and post-test counselling based on the South African Nationwide HTS pointers. If an individual assessments HIV-positive, the HTS counsellor will hyperlink them to HIV therapy with their consent.  

Our fieldworkers solely want one hour to finish the survey. Individuals’ security is our primary precedence, so all our discipline groups observe strict COVID-19 protocols, precautions, and measures always. As well as, all info gathered is saved securely and in step with the Safety of Private Data Act.

The survey is funded by america President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Aid (PEPFAR) by means of the US Facilities for Ailments Management and Prevention (CDC). It’s performed by the HSRC in partnership with the CDC, South African Medical Analysis Council, the College of Cape City, and the Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments, and PEPFAR South Africa.


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Notes to the Editor

Concerning the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory analysis company and has grown to turn out to be the biggest devoted analysis institute within the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, performing cutting-edge public analysis in areas which can be essential to growth.

Our mandate is to tell the efficient formulation and monitoring of presidency coverage; to judge coverage implementation; to stimulate public debate by means of the efficient dissemination of research-based information and fact-based analysis outcomes; to foster analysis collaboration; and to assist construct analysis capability and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific analysis for public sector customers, non-governmental organisations and worldwide growth businesses. Analysis actions and constructions are carefully aligned with South Africa’s nationwide growth priorities.

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