A study was conducted to identify all HCBC (home and community-based care) organisations in South Africa and establish where they are located as well as which services they provide to people living with HIV and AIDS.
2001 organisations participated in the study, the majority of which were located in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. More than 50% were located in rural areas.
The primary beneficiaries include orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV and AIDS, and vulnerable households. The services provided include home visits, providing material and psychosocial support and running support groups.
The majority of organisations were faced with funding, infrastructure and sustainability challenges.
The study findings suggest a need for greater levels of government support and support from other stakeholders to ensure the provision of quality services by HCBC organisations in South Africa.