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Clinical trials explained

Because we have largest HIV burden in the world, coupled with a very high TB burden, a number of new medicines, devices and vaccines are being trialed in South Africa. And there will be more to come in the next few years. What are clinical trials and what does it mean for someone to be part of one? WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL? A clinical trial is a scientific experiment to understand the risks of a therapy, drug or medical device and whether it will work or not. Clinical trials are conducted on new medicines, but also to look at how…

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Uniting on World TB Day

World TB Day on 24 March has the theme “Unite to End TB”. But there is much work to be done to achieve this, particularly in South Africa.  We are one of the countries with the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) – the third highest incidence of any country after India and China. And the incidence has increased by 400% over the past 15 years (Department of Health, 2017). It is estimated by the World Health Organisation that 66% of people in South Africa have both HIV and TB infection. TB is still South Africa’s leading cause of death (Stats…

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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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