The sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM VI) kicks off in KwaZulu-Natal

CATEGORY: Human and Social Capabilities
DATE: 15 February 2022

Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

Durban, Tuesday 15 February  2022 –  Right now, the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) and companions launched the KwaZulu-Natal chapter of the sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM VI) to collect info on HIV incidence, prevalence and different associated indicators in South Africa. 

First commissioned by Former President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the examine is a population-based, cross-sectional survey of households all through South Africa. 

Based on the Total Principal Investigator Prof Khangelani Zuma of the HSRC, the survey is carried out to grasp the elements driving the HIV epidemic and its dynamics and is used to tell insurance policies and methods to deal with the epidemic. 

The survey is repeated roughly each 5 years. This 12 months marks the twentieth anniversary of the primary spherical of the survey. One vital addition to the examine 12 months is {that a} sub-sample of individuals can be randomly chosen to check for SARS-Cov-2 antibodies, letting us higher perceive the true affect of  COVID-19 in South Africa. 

The South African Nationwide AIDS Council (SANAC) is a long-time collaborator of the venture. SANAC  CEO Dr Thembisile Xulu mentioned: “This examine is arguably crucial well being survey finished within the county. It provides us an up-to-date image of HIV prevalence and incidence. Plus, it helps us establish scorching spot areas, in order that the Division of Well being and Division of Social Improvement can develop extremely focused interventions to deal with the unfold of HI and supply remedy to people who want it most.”

What’s the intention of the survey?

The information gathered in the course of the survey is used to find out the HIV prevalence, incidence, antiretroviral remedy (ART) publicity, viral load suppression, HIV drug resistance, and threat behaviors in South Africa. This info is crucial in shaping our nation’s HIV coverage.

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

The examine will happen throughout all 9 provinces and is focusing on a complete of 93 000 individuals from roughly 25 000 households. In KZN we can be approaching round 20 000 individuals to participate within the survey.

Area staff have already began working in communities and can proceed all through 2022. The success of the survey depends upon folks throughout the nation opening their doorways and permitting our subject staff into their houses to finish the survey.

“When Mandela first launched this survey in 2001, he acknowledged the significance of utilizing information to get an correct image of the HIV pandemic and its affect on the nation. On the time we surveyed 9 000 folks and we’re delighted that the survey has grown in magnitude and makes such a beneficial contribution to offering folks with entry to testing and remedy to make sure that they stay lengthy and wholesome lives,” mentioned Mr Sello Hatang, the Nelson Mandela Basis chief government.   

What does the survey contain? 

Fieldworkers, who can be identifiable by their HSRC-marked bibs and identification 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 subject staff will:  

•Full a questionnaire on the well being behaviour of the participant utilizing a pill; and

•Acquire a blood pattern to check for HIV, and for a few of the individuals, for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, offered 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 in accordance with the South African Nationwide HTS tips. If an individual exams HIV-positive, the HTS counsellor will hyperlink them to HIV remedy with their consent.  

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

The survey is funded by the USA President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Aid (PEPFAR) by the US Facilities for Ailments Management and Prevention (CDC). On the launch, CDC Nation Director Dr John Blandford mentioned: “The success of this survey rests with the South African folks. Regardless of considerations round COVID-19 and security, we encourage all the chosen households to take part. By finishing the survey, individuals are making a direct contribution to shaping South African authorities’s well being insurance policies and guaranteeing that every one the people who want testing and remedy get it.”

With the continued highest burden of illness in KwaZulu-Natal, this survey is crucial to evaluate the positive factors, weaknesses and challenges which can be nonetheless confronted by the province.  There was a fantastic funding by PEPFAR into programmes and interventions within the province, and this survey will give us an perception into how the HIV epidemic has shifted over the past 5 years.  

The survey will help authorities to establish gaps within the remedy cascade.  It should additionally help with monitoring the pattern of latest infections within the province over time in addition to establish further excessive threat teams and areas that can require new and renewed focus.  

SABSSM VI is carried out 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.

For extra info:


Electronic mail:SABSSMVI@hsrc.ac.za

For media enquiries

Adziliwi Nematandani, 

Cell: 0827659191, 

Electronic mail: anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

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Our mandate is to tell the efficient formulation and monitoring of presidency coverage; to guage coverage implementation; to stimulate public debate by 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. 

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