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Database activism

Databases can save lives. No, seriously! A very special initiative to build and maintain a database of domestic violence shelters and NGOs working with victims of domestic and intimate partner violence in South Africa is a clear case of database activism. Juanita Van Zyl, Manager of the GIS division at Manstrat, saw someone share a link of shelters on Twitter during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. “When I followed the link, I found shelters in every single state of the United States. Out of interest, I did the same for South Africa. I…

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16 Actions for 16 Days

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. We shared a positive action a day to stop violence against women and girls. 16 actions for the 16 Days of Activism that anyone can take – it’s in our hands to stop the violence. #1 Become aware Understand violence against women and children. What is it? What drives…

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Making good financial choices

ASPIRES works to improve the long-term economic security and HIV prevention knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in South Africa. With funding from USAID and PEPFAR, NACOSA provides training, mentoring and technical support to two community organizations – Zisize Educational Trust and Ezisakweni Development Initiative (EDI) – to deliver the ASPIRES Project in KwaZulu-Natal. The organisations work with low-income youth infected or affected by HIV and AIDS, mainly between the ages of 14 and 17. Because of their increased risk of becoming infected, young women and girls are a key or priority population and make up at least 60% of…

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Making a plan at the AGM

On Friday 28 October, network members, partners, staff, board members and special guests joined us at the Century City Conference Centre for the 2016 NACOSA Annual General Meeting. Our theme was #MakeaPlan and we shared information on the next National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB and discussed how civil society can and should shape the priorities and objectives of national response planning. It was a lively and interesting morning and we appreciated the thoughtful input of people working on the ground in communities, as well as those involved in provincial and national planning. View and download the two presentations…

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Backing the girl child

Today marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a United Nations-led initiative supporting the more than 1.1 billion girls worldwide. Girls have the potential to be a powerful force for shaping a sustainable world. The Day aims to highlight the fact too many girls around the world have their potential and dreams thwarted by violence, discrimination and inequality. Some of the major issues facing girls all over the world: One in 3 girls in developing countries (except China) are married before turning 18 Poor girls are 2.5 times more likely to marry in childhood than wealthy girls Child marriage usually…

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Making HIV testing accessible

HIV Testing Services are critical to the achievement of UNAID’s 90-90-90 targets as the gateway to a complete continuum of care. But for many people – particularly people from key populations like sex workers and men who have sex with men – the clinical setting is stigmatising and people are reluctant to disclose personal information to health workers. Others are not accessing testing and treatment because of poverty, rural isolation, family responsibilities or harmful gender norms and attitudes. The World Health Organization’s new guidance on HIV testing recommends the delivery of HIV testing by non-medical ‘lay providers’, often in community…

Motoring towards zero

NACOSA works to reduce the impact of HIV, AIDS and TB by building capacity and strengthening systems to create healthy communities. Through the new Global Fund grant, we have been able to procure 25 vehicles to help organisations deliver services to communities most affected by HIV and AIDS. NACOSA is pleased to confirm the delivery of the following:  8 x Nissan NP300 double cab bakkies to MIET Africa 15 x Honda Mobilio 1.5 vehicles to: Trauma Centre Future Families MOSAIC Masimanyane TB/HIV Care Association Qholaqhwe Advice Centre SWEAT Life Line Johannesburg Centre for Positive Care PHRU Nqobile Women Development Project Humana People to…

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Meet #GenEndIt

Be inspired by three resilient young men and women who survived HIV, TB and malaria and who are determined to end the three diseases as epidemics – for good. Watch this short video from The Global Fund AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria affect millions of young people around the world, but with the right treatment and care, they can still go on to achieve their dreams and live life to the fullest. Lerato, from South Africa, Mykola, from Ukraine, and Lah Poe, from Thailand, have overcome tremendous health challenges. Today, they are calling on the world to not let these diseases beat…

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Children and HIV Symposium

Before the International AIDS Conference, NACOSA attended the #ReachAllChildren symposium Children and HIV: Equity Now! Reaching all Children in the Epidemic,  from July 15-16. All the presentations from the symposium can be downloaded here – a rich resource of programme and scientific information for those working with children and adolescents. These were some of the key take-aways reported by NACOSA Prevention Specialist, Bulelwa Ngoma: Children and HIV Impressive progress towards elimination of HIV in infants (that needs continued investments) but, still high HIV infection rates in mothers, especially young women in Africa Preventing HIV in mothers is a complex challenge – no quick fix, no magic…

NACOSA at AIDS 2016 in pictures

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Manager, Stellar Zulu, meets a Zulu Princess working with the Zazi Campaign. NACOSA member Mpho from Khuruman, stopped by our Global Village stand to say hello. Caroline Wills presented a poster abstract on integrating HIV testing services into OVC programming and Maria Stacey presented one on the sex worker programme. These lovely young women from Hillcrest AIDS Trust were selling beautiful beadwork to raise funds. The Women’s Networking Zone was a busy, noisy place for raising women’s voices in the HIV/AIDS response. NACOSA’s Global Village stand was manned by staff (Colleen Singh, left) and our busy provincial managers…

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