Catholic Relief Services established its presence in South Africa at the invitation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference to support the Conference in its response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. In addition, CRS also supports justice and peace building initiatives.
South Africa continues to feel the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS, resulting in increased numbers of most vulnerable children (MVC), which are exacerbated by high levels of poverty, unemployment, violence and crime.
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|Population:||48,601,098 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||470,462 sq mi; slightly less than twice the size of Texas|
|People Served:||403,022 (2012 est.)|
In late 2000, at the invitation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC), Catholic Relief Services opened an office in South Africa devoted to HIV and AIDS work. CRS South Africa currently has two international and 17 national staff members who work in close partnership with the SACBC and its counterparts to help reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS and promote peacebuilding across the country. The CRS South Africa country program also provides support to three CRS outreach countries: Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland.
PartnersSouthern African Catholic Bishops' Conference
Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference Justice and Peace Building Department (SACBC J&P)
Catholic Institute of Education