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Positive policing and sex work

A report, produced by Sonke Gender Justice, has been published documenting the proceedings from a roundtable discussion on policing and sex work as part of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) which NACOSA is part of. Chaired by Marlise Richter (from Sonke Gender Justice), the roundtable comprised a panel of five experts from the sex work, law enforcement and civil society sectors. Through discussing ways of creating more positive relationships between law enforcement and sex workers, the purpose was to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) – and through more positive relationships to reduce human…

POSITIVE POLICING PRACTICES AND SEX WORK

Planning on a micro level

Criminalisation of sex work in South Africa results in sex workers not trusting easily and providing false personal information. This results in programme monitoring systems having multiple unique identifiers attributed to one person. Sex work is mobile and dynamic, with sex workers moving across the country. Following a cohort of sex workers therefore becomes very difficult. Micro planning, an outreach strategy for peer educators, has been designed and successfully implemented in India with sex workers. In 2018, a programme targeting sex workers, managed by NACOSA and funded by the Global Fund, adopted the micro planning methodology to strengthen cohort tracking…

MICRO-PLANNING WITH SEX WORKERS

Informer May 2019

The Informer for May 2019 focuses on what’s new and trending in the AIDS response as well as reflecting on our exciting new grants and programming. The paper includes some helpful tips on forming good habits and how to get the most out of training; and examines rights abuses against people who inject drugs (PWID).

INFORMER MAY 2019

Keeping Girls in School Process Evaluation

The Keeping Girls in Schools (KGS) programme is a component of the Global Fund Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) initiative designed to reach 14-18 year old girls in South Africa. It has delivered a package of age-appropriate services to girls in a selection of Quintile 1-3 schools in each of ten districts across South Africa over three years from April 2016 to March 2019. The aim of the programme is to decrease new HIV infections in girls and young women, decrease learner pregnancies and keep girls in school until they complete high school. A process evaluation was conducted for…

KGIS PROCESS EVALUATION

Peer Education Evaluation

Sex workers are identified as a key population in the South African National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, STIs and TB 2017-20221. Widespread stigma and discrimination, state and non-state violence and harassment, restrictive laws and policies, criminalisation, and inadequate programmes and funding place sex workers at heightened risk of HIV and other health concerns, and undermine their access to services. The Global Fund National Sex Work Programme, started in 2010, used peer education as the basis of the programme approach, as outlined in the NSWP and in line with recognised best practice: where peer educators were deployed to support sex…

EVALUATION OF SEX WORK PROGRAMME PEER EDUCATION

INFORMER DECEMBER 2018

Two separate pieces of research published recently by NACOSA highlight the need for services and screening for victims of gender based violence as a critical part of the country’s HIV response. In this edition of the Informer, we focus on the relationship between gender based violence (GBV) and HIV.

INFORMER DEC 2018

Evaluation of TCC Services

An evaluation of NGO services provided at Thuthuzela Care Centres (one-stop sexual assault centres based in state hospitals) as part of our Global Fund GBV Programme found that these services had a profound impact on the lives of survivors and also supported survivors to take post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent the transmission of HIV post-rape. This process evaluation was conducted between 2017 and 2018 to assess the progress and quality of the implementation of services provided by NGOs in Thuthuzela Care Centres as part of the Global Fund grant, Investing for Impact against Tuberculosis and HIV. The evaluation was conducted by…

Process Evaluation of NGO Services at TCCs

Screening for HIV and GBV

Research by NACOSA in KwaZulu-Natal illustrates the rationale for simultaneously screening for HIV and GBV in communities plagued by violence. Provincial Programmes Specialist, Sudhindra Naidoo with Provincial Programmes Manager, Nadeem Sheriff conducted a study in Wentworth, a community south of Durban notorious for gang violence and drugs. Working with community organisation the Wentworth AIDS Action Group, the study examined an approach whereby the screening for HIV and GBV was done jointly. A key finding was that almost half (45.7%) of the people screened had a positive history of past or present GBV and required support. The study concluded that victims of…

Screening for HIV and GBV

Regional Strategy for Key Populations

The Southern African Development Community – SADC – has endorsed and released a Regional Strategy on HIV Prevention Treatment and Care and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Key Populations. The strategy is a result of a series of participatory and interactive processes that involved members of key populations, governments, civil society and development partners. It is expected to serve as a guide to Member States in designing and implementing appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes for key populations focusing on the major issues that need to be addressed at policy, legal, institutional and facility levels.

SADC Regional Strategy for Key Populations

We need Sexual Offences Courts

Rape and sexual abuse is an ongoing crisis in our communities. South Africa has one of the highest rates of reported rape in the world. The high levels of poverty and a huge gap between rich and poor in our country means that rape survivors get very different kinds of support, depending on what community they live in and which police station they report the rape to. Through sexual offences courts, the court system needs to support victims of crime, while ensuring that criminals are brought to justice. Rape survivors who testify in sexual offences courts must receive support when they testify in order to reduce secondary…

Sexual Offences Courts Facsheet