The National HIV Think Tank (NHIV TT) has been convened under the leadership of the National Department of Health (NDOH) and aims to explore, propose and pilot innovative approaches to achieving national targets. The NHIV TT provides a central place for all stakeholders (government, academia, NGOs, donors, community and implementers) to review epidemiological, routine monitoring and economic evidence related to the HIV epidemic, identify priority gaps, and establish consensus on appropriate next steps, including research projects and pilots of innovative ideas. The NHIV TT will also think proactively about what evidence needs to be created and what pilot programs need to be implemented to respond to the questions that will arise three to five years in the future.


The objectives of the NHIV TT are as follows:

  1. To engage in the analysis and distillation of existing data and evidence and thereby support the efficient and effective scale up of new and existing prevention and treatment approaches
  2. To serve as an incubator where promising pilot programs that respond to that evidence can be imagined, implemented and evaluated
  3. To serve as a sounding board for how donors, separately and together, can work with the government of South Africa to create a coherent plan for how their donor investments in HIV and TB programming in South Africa will lead to impact and how they are working to respond to NDOH priorities
  4. To serve as a sounding board for how the private sector can contribute HIV and TB programming in South Africa


South Africa is the country with the highest HIV burden in the world. There were an estimated 7.2 million people living with HIV in South Africa in 2017. The HIV prevalence rate in the 15 to 49 year old group is estimated at 20.6%. South Africa currently has the largest AIDS treatment program in the world, with 4.2 million people on treatment in the public sector, which translates to a 58% ART coverage; despite significant gains attributed to the large treatment program, it is estimated that 150 000 South Africans still die annually from AIDS. The National Department of Health (NDOH) has embarked on the combination prevention strategy to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for both the general and the key populations (KPs) in line with the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, 2017–2022 (NSP). There is no single intervention that is 100% effective in preventing HIV infection.

NHIV Think Tank Members

The HIV TT members includes representatives of: Government, Implementing Partners, Funders, and TB TT.

NHIV TT will be supported by Expert Working Groups by providing in-depth situational analysis and deep-dive brainstorming with regards to gaps and problems identified by the HIV TT; conceptualizing innovative ideas for pilot; self-proposing to pilot and/or and presenting a frame of reference for external RFP for innovative ideas; and overseeing the implementation and learning from the pilot project including, its write up and presentation.

Current Expert Working Groups include:

  • Treatment:
    • Chair: Ms Lilian Diseko
    • Co-Chair: Dr Dave Clark
  • Prevention:
    • Chair: Dr Thato Chidarikire
    • Co-Chair: Ms Bronwyn Pearce
    • Co-Chair: Ms Helen Savva

The National HIV Think Tank members comprises of representatives of:

  • Government,
  • Implementing Partners,
  • Funders supporting HIV programmes,
  • Private Sector and,
  • The TB Think Tank members.
  • Academic Institutions

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NHIV Think Tank Secretariat

The Foundation for Professional Development continues to actively participate in the Think Tank and assumed secretariat responsibilities since November 2015. The Foundation for Professional Development was awarded a three year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the scope of the National HIV Think Tank, which was re-launched on May 10, 2017.