Visit of the US Government Accountability Office
The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the US Government, visited Nazareth house in Johannesburg on 5 June 2012 to get an understanding of how the Antiretroviral Treatment Programme operates. They were particularly interested in how drugs are procured for this and other SACBC AIDS Office PEPFAR-funded sites, how supplies are ordered and monitored, the costs involved, and the overall supply chain management. The US Congress is expected to re-authorise PEPFAR funding for another five funding period. But AIDS programmes in South Africa and elsewhere will be differently supported, with funding going to technical assistance to programmes supporting the Department of Health’s roll-out of services rather than to service delivery programmes in the Non Government sector.
Since 2004, the SACBC AIDS Office has initiated over 40 000 people on ART. Some patients have been transferred into Department of Health clinics, and the SACBC AIDS office no longer supports patients in areas where Department of Health treatment services are available. At some SACBC AIDS Office PEPFAR- funded sites, the Department of Health is now providing ARV drugs. The SACBC AIDS Office is in the final year of its PEPFAR funding, and is working with provincial, district and municipal health authorities on future drug and service provision, and on transfer of patients to Department of Health clinics.