Adherence in Faith-Based HIV Treatment Programs in South Africa

AuthorsStark, RD, Wood R, and Martin, D

Affiliations– Catholic Relief Services, Johannesburg1, University of Cape Town, South Africa2, Kimera Solutions, Johannesburg, South Africa3


South Africa provides antiretroviral treatment (ART) to more people than any other country in the world. Still only one in five South Africans who need treatment receive it.  Many of those in need live in poorly resourced rural-based communities.

The Catholic Church in South Africa has a long history of providing health services in needy communities. In response to the HIV epidemic, these services were expanded to include hundreds of care and support programs.  Twenty programs now provide ART. The issue is how adherence has been achieved in these settings.

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