The effect of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy in South Africa: Possible implications for local HIV/AIDS non-governmental organisations

F Jogee


The USA’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (PLGHA) became effective in 2017, prohibiting foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from receiving US federal funding if they engage in termination of pregnancy (TOP) and/or TOP-related services, including counselling, referrals or lobbying, except under limited circumstances. Globally, the majority of federal funding supports HIV/AIDS programmes, which are relied upon by a significant proportion of South Africans for treatment and care. Although HIV/AIDS NGOs do not provide TOP, some of their programmes may involve TOP-related services and activities prohibited by PLGHA, which could result in the complete defunding of these organisations. This article provides examples of how HIV/AIDS NGOs could violate the PLGHA through specific programme activities, and provides recommendations on how to prevent such violations.

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F Jogee, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2019;12(1):38-43. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.2019.v12i1.645

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Date submitted: 2019-07-03
Date published: 2019-07-03

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