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…
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…
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.
Various factors influence the health and wellbeing of educators within the school environment. These include work dissatisfaction and overload, personal health issues – including HIV infection, tuberculosis (TB) and noncommunicable diseases – and exposure to violence. This research study, funded by The Global Fund through NACOSA on behalf of the DBE and SANAC, looks at the health of educators in public schools, particularly relating to HIV prevalence and awareness.
NACOSA Network members – some 1,500 organisations across the country – are at the forefront of helping to build healthy communities in Southern Africa. In our latest membership survey, 80% reported lack of funding as one of the biggest challenges they face. This was in stark contrast to the 2015 survey where only 63% reported lack of funding as a challenge. The 2017 survey focused on the challenges facing organisations, the systems they have in place to address these challenges and how NACOSA can actively support their advocacy work. The valuable insights provided will help NACOSA further improve and develop…
Produced by The Other Foundation, this insightful publication looks at narratives of engagement between LGBTI groups and the churches in southern Africa. The publication, written by Masiiwa Ragies Gunda, looks at both the propagation of homophobia and offers counter-arguments and strategies to combat homophobia.
A Lasting Legacy is a collection of works from a writers’ retreat for Coordinators of NACOSA’s Higher Education Institution Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and LGBTI Programme, funded by The Global Fund. “These students were pioneers in a very challenging environment. Their bravery and commitment to breaking down barriers and improving the lived experience of LGBTI students on campus is remarkable. This journal is a celebration of their courage and to the many small but significant strides the programme made in reducing stigma and improving access to essential health services.” – Marieta de Vos, Programme Director
Work has begun on the next National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP). As part of the Yezingane Network (the children’s sector on SANAC), NACOSA wants to help make the case for children (0-18 years) to be included in the plan. In an online survey of NACOSA and Yezingane Network members, key themes emerged. All those surveyed felt that there was a need to make the case for children in the next NSP The report from this survey will be included in a larger submission to the South African National AIDS Council by the Children’s Sector.
Maria Stacey presented an abstract poster at the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. FROM BROTHELS TO PARLIAMENT: Lessons learnt from scaling up a rights-based sex worker HIV programme looks at the Red Umbrella Sex Worker Programme, funded by the Global Fund from 2013-2016 which combined bio-behavioural interventions, as well as social and structural interventions such as collective mobilisation, and stigma reduction activities. The abstract examines programme data, a good practice workshop with sex workers and a final programme evaluation to understand the outcomes and impact of the programme.
Aiming higher: MSM/LGBTI Higher Education Institution Programme Evaluation Report by Cornelius Louwrens, Frances Slaven, Oleander Muchesa, Sindi Dladla & Stephanie Nowack, Foundation for Professional Development Programme Evaluation Unit for NACOSA and The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) with support from The Global Fund. Published 30 April 2016.