October 28, 2021

Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 among women and girls living with HIV in South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact worldwide. Efforts to curb the spread of the virus are challenging societies socially and economically. Already vulnerable communities, such as adolescent girls and women, especially those in key and vulnerable populations are bearing the highest burden of these impacts.

CAPRISA, the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for Research and Policy, in partnership with UNAIDS Geneva is implementing a cross-sectional survey to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on women and girls living with HIV in South Africa, including high risk populations. The project includes leading civil society organisations in the country – AIDS Foundation of South Africa, African Alliance, and Youth Health Africa. 

The national level survey is being rolled out in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, and Western Cape.  The project is co-led by principal investigators, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim (bottom left), and Dr Hilton Humphries (bottom right). 

This survey will provide “greater insight into the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations in South Africa and will help us develop gender-responsive economic and social policies that place women’s economic lives at the heart of the pandemic response and recovery plans” says Dr Hilton Humphries. 

For more information, contact Dr Hilton Humphries at or  Dr Shakira Choonara,  Project Manager at

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