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Closing the gap with HIV self-testing

We have made great strides in bringing HIV testing services to communities and getting more people to test regularly. But we are still not reaching enough people with testing, particularly men, adolescents and key populations. Could HIV self-testing be the answer to closing the gap? Despite the gains made in HIV testing, particularly in Africa where there has been huge scale-up, 40% of people living with HIV worldwide don’t know their status. According to Cheryl Johnson, Technical Officer at the World Health Organization, in Eastern and Southern Africa, uptake of testing has hit a plateau and is not having the…

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Evaluation of Peer Education

NACOSA is calling for proposals for an evaluation of peer education in the Global Fund Sex Work Programme.  The programme is funded as part of the Global Fund Investing for Impact against Tuberculosis and HIV grant. The primary objective of the evaluation is to understand whether the current peer education approach is an effective strategy to support sex workers so that they benefit from the programme. The timeframe for the evaluation is July 2018 – December 2018. Download the Terms of Reference > Questions can be sent to proposals@nacosa.org.za Please note: Deadline for submission has changed to 08h30 on Thursday,…

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Foot soldiers at work

As part of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) capacity building programme, NACOSA has trained three learners from each of 32 community based organisations in the Eastern Cape in HIV Testing Services through the NACOSA Training Institute. This accredited ten day training includes finger-prick testing after which learners have to do 10 HIV tests under the supervision of a qualified nurse. Learners who received their finger prick certificates were linked up with health facilities in their area to provide additional capacity for clinics to reach their testing targets. Forty-five minutes’ drive out of East London on the R72 lies Mpongo Village….

Positive choices

Choice Somagaca found out she was HIV positive a week after giving birth to her first born child when she was tested by medical staff at the hospital. Now the Chairperson of the George Local AIDS Council and an inspiration to her community, Choice has come a long way from the dark day when she was first tested for HIV. “I found out about my HIV status a week after I gave birth to my first born child. I had a high fever that was not going down after giving birth and only on the seventh day I was asked…

Funding still a major challenge

Lack of funding is still the most pressing challenge faced by civil society organisations in the NACOSA network, with 75% of network survey respondents citing lack of funding, compared to 63% in the 2017 survey. However, organisations have put in place a number of measures in response to these challenges and are fully committed to the networking spirit of collaboration and sharing. NACOSA is at heart a network, bringing together civil society organisations working in the HIV, AIDS, TB and related fields. Each year, NACOSA surveys organizations within this network to understand their challenges, needs and capacity gaps. The information…

NACOSA accredited to International AIDS Alliance

As an accredited linking organisation NACOSA has demonstrated strong governance and organisational management. It adheres to the highest quality good practice programming standards. NACOSA has demonstrated specialist expertise in the areas of Integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights and Family-centred HIV programming for children to target the HIV/AIDS response in South Africa. In October 2015 a peer-review assessment team consisting of three colleagues from Botswana, Tanzania and the UK, spent three days with NACOSA interviewing both internal and external stakeholders in order to rigorously assess their work against the 9 principles and 38 standards in the…

Listeria – what you need to know

What is listeriosis? Listeriosis is a serious bacterial disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes. It is transmitted to people by eating contaminated food. It is a serious illness with high fatalities (deaths) ranging from 20 – 30% in severe cases. It can be treated with antibiotics. Who is at risk? Anyone can get listeriosis but certain groups are at risk of developing complications (the more serious kind) of the disease. These are: Pregnant women and their unborn babies New born babies and small children The elderly (over 65 years) People with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease…

A message of hope

Her name is Nombulelo Nolihle Yose. She is the only daughter of seven children from Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape. She married in 2004: “God gave us two handsome boys and we have a happy life in our marriage staying in Port Elizabeth”. “In March 2006 my lovely husband got sick. I was not around that time, I was visiting my mother in King Williams Town then I received a call from my sister in-law and she said I must come back quickly.” When Nombulelo returned the following day she found her husband very sick: “He did not look at…

Youth dreaming big

Nhlanhla Chiliza and Khetha Maphumulo are two young people from Lamontville who were concerned about the rate of teenage pregnancy, school-dropouts, HIV infection, and lack of socio-economic skills, drugs and substance abuse. They started Deprived Youth Service in 2007, which focuses on skills development for youth in eThekwini South. Since then, the organisation has grown and developed and is now part of the DREAMS programme – a global partnership to reduce HIV/AIDS in adolescent girls and young women. We spoke to Nhlanhla and Khetha as well as a parent and young person who was part of the Let’s Talk parenting…

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Good stories for positive living

Thula Mkhize, CEO and Chairperson of Good Stories, found out he was living with HIV on the eighth of January 2009. “Next year will be the ninth anniversary of this amazing journey that has changed my life for the better. I didn’t allow HIV to limit me and steal my dreams – today I’m happily married to an HIV negative woman, and I’m a father of two.” Thula has come a long way since that day in January and the journey has not been without its challenges. “The biggest challenge was thinking I was going to die, but this didn’t…

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