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Circular 47 of 2021: Request for HIV, TB and STI data for the South African National Aids Council (SANAC)

A private sector initiative to facilitate the collection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB), and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) data from registered medical schemes in South Africa was established between the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), and approved by the National Department of Health (NDoH) in 2016.

On an annual and semi-annual basis, private sector treatment data is reported on the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) online reporting tool.

In line with the above initiative, medical schemes, administrators, and managed care organisations are hereby requested to submit HIV, TB and STI indicators as defined in the data collection tool document attached to this circular. The data officers responsible for submitting the utilisation data are accustomed to this process and are best placed to compile and submit the data to the CMS.

The private sector data collection initiative aims to ensure inclusivity and meaningful contribution to the response to South Africa’s epidemic.  In addition to providing vital information for the national HIV estimates, data collection by the private sector will give a clearer view of the national response to HIV, TB and STIs.

Principal Officers are hereby requested to facilitate submitting the required data by no later than 17 September 2021 for the 1 January to 30 June 2021 reporting period (reporting period is based on the date of service).

Please click on the links below to access the data specification document, web service, and upload tool:

All enquiries regarding the private sector data collection initiative must be directed to Ms. Billia Luwaca (SANAC Secretariat) on email: billia@sanac.org.za/sanac@medicalschemes.co.za, Tel: +27 (0)12 748 1031.

Download the Circular here