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New National Strategic Plan

The South African National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs 2017- 2022 (NSP) serves as a roadmap for the next stage of our journey towards a future where these three diseases are no longer public health problems. This plan sets out the destinations – or goals – of our shared journey and establishes landmarks in the form of specific measurable objectives. This summary, published by the South African National AIDS Council, presents the 8 goals and targets that will guide the response over the next 5 years.

National Strategic Plan - Summary


10 Things for World TB Day

INFO-GRAPHIC: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease which spreads through the air. Although it is curable and treatment is free, it is a major health problem for South Africa and we all need to play our part in stopping it.    

10 Things You Need to Know About TB Infographic

Code of Conduct for Suppliers

As a Global Fund Principal Recipient, NACOSA has signed up to the Global Fund Code of Conduct for Suppliers. All of NACOSA’s suppliers and sub-recipient organisations must also sign up to the Code of Conduct if they supply or receive funding from the Global Fund through NACOSA. Download the Global Fund Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

Global Fund Code of Conduct for Suppliers


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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Silent No Longer

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.  

Silent No Longer!

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A Lasting Legacy

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  

A Lasting Legacy

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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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