2.7% of the population in South Sudan are living with HIV. Officially becoming an independent country in 2011, decades of civil war and conflict have left South Sudan facing major challenges in establishing peace and stability and providing education, water, sanitation and health services.

The Alliance has had a country office in South Sudan since 2005, which in 2013 became an independent and autonomous organisation called Alliance for Community Health Initiatives (ACHI). ACHI works to strengthen the infrastructure and systems needed to deliver health and HIV services. It has been named by the government as the lead agency working on strengthening civil society’s capacity in the HIV response, and also played a leading role in the formation and development of the South Sudan Network of people living with HIV.

Despite ongoing conflict in the country ACHI has supported over 100 other community based organisations with financial and technical support. They have reached almost 4,000 people with direct prevention, counselling and testing services – and distributed nearly half a million condoms.

© Nell Freeman for the Alliance