The Ritshidze project is being implemented by organisations representing people living with HIV—including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWA), Positive Action Campaign, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and the South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (SANERELA+)—in alliance with Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Together, we are working towards improving the quality of HIV and TB services provided in the public health sector through our community-led clinic monitoring system which is being rolled out in hundreds of primary healthcare facilities across the country.
Ritshidze monitoring takes place on a quarterly basis at 400 clinics and community healthcare centres across 27 districts in 8 provinces in South Africa. Facilities chosen cover nearly half of all people living with HIV on treatment in the country, with a focus on sites with large treatment cohorts and where data shows poor linkage and retention rates.
The Ritshidze project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USAID, and UNAIDS to engage in community-led monitoring in South Africa.