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SARRAH stand at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

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SARRAH provides funding and technical advice to partners working in the South African health system and the national response to HIV and AIDS. The main focus of the programme is support for the Ministry of Health's commitment to improving the health of all South Africans. SARRAH is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by HLSP, an international health agency. Read more ...


SARRAH supports national initiatives to strengthen health and HIV.

Key partners are

The programme supports civil society organisations, such as the Treatment Action Campaign, that monitor and advocate for expanding the HIV and AIDS response.

We are also supporting a parliamentary oversight committee on HIV and AIDS and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health.

SARRAH works alongside international development partners and multilateral organisations.

Changing Lives

Changing Lives, a 30-minute film on how SARRAH has supported health reform in South Africa, is now available online.


“We said let’s listen to our people on the ground…When they are complaining about public health care what are they complaining about?”… says Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. “It’ll be things like availability of medicines, it’ll be waiting times, it’ll be things like the attitude of staff to them as patients...All those we put together and say when we pilot NHI we are looking at them.”


Changing Lives focusses on achievements of the government’s ambitious health reform programme which has been supported by SARRAH for the past four years. Through interviews with the Minister and Director-General of Health and senior officials of the Department of Health, the film charts progress towards National Health Insurance, strengthening primary health care and improving the quality of health services.


We visit programmes in five provinces where health workers and ordinary people speak about what these health reforms mean for them. The film also highlights the work of the South African National AIDS Council and the Treatment Action Campaign, which have both been recipients of long-term SARRAH support.


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