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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

HIV Testing Materials

NACOSA has produced a leaflet to provide information and advice to people who have had an HIV test. The leaflet is specifically aimed at people who are most vulnerable to HIV such as sex workers, survivors of gender based violence and young women and girls. Download now: I tested HIV positive. Now what? I tested HIV negative. Now what?  

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New materials for GBV survivors

NACOSA has developed a new set of information materials for people experiencing gender based violence focusing on health and understanding risks. A large poster and accompanying postcards are a resource for organizations who work with survivors of GBV and IPV and cover issues such as HIV risk, adherence, PEP, intimate partner violence, TB and sexual and reproductive health. Poster > Postcards > All sub-recipient organizations on NACOSA’s GBV programme will receive a set of materials.

GBV Health Postcards

Informer May 2018

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. The latest edition of the NACOSA Informer looks at testing – from HIV self testing to testing and disclosing HIV status to children.  

INFORMER MAY 2018

Adherence Counselling: SOP

National Department of Health’s Adherence Guidelines for HIV, TB and NCDS: Standard Operating Procedures. This includes step-by-step guides on partial and full disclosure to children and adolescents and counselling their parents or caregivers.

Adherence Counselling SOP

Alphabet soup: a guide to HIV and AIDS terms

The HIV and AIDS field is notorious for the use of acronyms and jargon. Here is a handy guide to the most common terms and what they mean. AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The clinical syndrome caused by HIV. AIDS is not a virus and person is not ‘infected’ with AIDS. Avoid terms like ‘AIDS infected’ or ‘AIDS test’ – it is HIV that infects people and that is what is tested for. HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The virus that causes AIDS by interfering with the body’s ability to fight off infections. A person who is living with HIV or who…

Success in testing children

Testing children for HIV can be challenging. Find out about NACOSA’s success with Mpilonhle Community Based Organisation using ZoeLife‘s KidzAlive techniques presented by Sudhindra Naidoo, NACOSA’s HIV and Improvement Advisor, at IHI Africa Forum last week.

Reducing unknown HIV status

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