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Pact South Africa : GCBS Annual Report for FY2018

The USAID and PEPFAR-funded Government Capacity Building and Support (GCBS) program strengthens the capacity of South Africa’s Department of Social Development (Dept.) to improve service outcomes and reduce incidence of HIV and AIDS for orphans, vulnerable children, adolescents, and youth (OVCAY). GCBS was awarded from September 2013 to September 2018, with a no cost extension granted through September 2020.

In October 2017, GCBS entered its fifth year of implementation and focused predominantly on:

  • implementing and documenting the prevention and early intervention (PEI) core package of services (CPS) for OVCAY through the Dept. and its funded partner organizations
  • strengthening the capacities of social service practitioners (SSP), including Social Workers (SWs), Social Auxiliary Workers (SAWs), Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCWs), community development practitioners (CDPs), and Community Caregivers (CCGs), to implement the CPS
  • improving coordination and collaboration for comprehensive CPS implementation
  • using data, evidence, and best practices to improve decision-making, planning, implementation, and outcomes of OVCAY services

This Final Report covers the period October 2017 to September 2018. By the end of this reporting period, with the support of the GCBS program, Dept. and Dept. funded non-profit organizations (NPOs) reached 259 428 OVCAY (99,9%% of FY18 target) with a core package of social services across eight provinces and 17 districts in South Africa. Services provided to OVCAY were strengthened through six core program components, including the direct support of 86 GCBS SWs and 14 Social Work Coordinators (SWCs) seconded to Dept. in government service points and NPOs, who provided service delivery support in 422 direct service delivery sites and 275 technical assistance (TA) sites.