100&Change: 2021

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

Behavioral Solutions to End the World’s Largest HIV Epidemic

We will end South Africa's HIV epidemic by scaling up proven behavioral interventions that increase young people's use of highly-effective, widely-available prevention and treatment services.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Current Work Location(s):
  • Gauteng, South Africa
  • Siaya, Kenya
  • Western Region, Uganda
  • Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe
  • Gauteng, South Africa
  • Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Priority Population(s):
  • Young adults
  • People of African descent
  • People with HIV/AIDS
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

We seek to end the world’s largest HIV epidemic. We will scale up evidence-based behavioral interventions to increase uptake of HIV prevention and treatment services by a high-risk generation of 15-34 year-olds in South Africa. Major scientific breakthroughs in recent years have finally made it possible to imagine a world without HIV/AIDS. Highly effective, life-saving prevention and treatment services are widely available, but their success in reducing new HIV infections is hindered by the “last mile” challenge of human behavior: about 50% of individuals do not consistently use available HIV services. Proven, low-cost behavioral interventions to close this gap already exist but are not being implemented at scale. Our academic-public-private sector partnership will embed these interventions inside innovative service delivery models to durably increase HIV service coverage for the hardest-to-reach individuals. With strategic action now, we can end HIV in South Africa and create a pathway for global epidemic control.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

website: https://www.upenn.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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