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.
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.
A parent’s job is to guide their children safely to adulthood yet many parents or caregivers – for multiple reasons – neglect the very real risk to their children of contracting HIV. HIV is the second largest cause of death of adolescents globally and the first in Africa. This issue of the Informer is about having the difficult conversations to target HIV, AIDS and TB.
Keep calm and bounce back: Determination, grit, growing from failure, the ability to bounce back from a difficult experience. This is resilience. The quality that enables someone to rise above adversity. In children, it is considered an especially important quality in order to develop into well-functioning adults. But organisations need resilience too. Organisational resilience becomes essential in uncertain economic and political times like those we face right now across the globe. This issue of the Informer is all about rising to the challenges and resilience.
Action for Key Populations: Key populations are those who are most affected by HIV and AIDS within a specific context. In South Africa, we have identified key populations who need to be prioritised if we are going to bring down the rate of new infections and meet the UN’s Fast Track Targets. But in many cases, key populations are being left behind – marginalised, criminalised, stigmatised and discriminated against, they are often prevented from accessing the testing, treatment and care services they so desperately need. (6MB pdf)
Let’s talk: South Africa’s constitution is amongst the most progressive in the world. Yet we live in a country where inequality and discrimination are constant barriers to the health and wellbeing of communities. May 21st was UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and seemed like the perfect opportunity to look at the role of dialogue in helping communities to overcome these barriers. (6MB pdf)