HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Facilities, South Africa
The South African Government and international funder Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) embarked on a project to provide rural areas with appropriate HIV/AIDS facilities to improve regional communities’ health, social and economic conditions. Aurecon provided construction supervision and administration across all three provinces and was challenged to undertake as many clinic upgrades as possible within the defined budget.
Phase 1 of the project involved investigating the operational performance of VCT facilities at 300 primary healthcare clinics across the three provinces. This resulted in an action plan to upgrade both the operational and the infrastructural and building aspects of the facilities. The plan included layout drawings and cost estimates for all 300 clinics.
Phase 2 involved upgrading the VCT facilities across the three provinces. Aurecon, in conjunction with health planner LEAP, provided detailed designs and procurement documentation and appointed contractors for each clinic upgrade. Emerging contractors and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) were given preference in the tender process to align with the government’s procurement process.
As part of the overall upliftment plan, Aurecon also assisted the contractors to deliver their work in order to build capacity.