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NACOSA accredited to International AIDS Alliance

As an accredited linking organisation NACOSA has demonstrated strong governance and organisational management. It adheres to the highest quality good practice programming standards. NACOSA has demonstrated specialist expertise in the areas of Integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights and Family-centred HIV programming for children to target the HIV/AIDS response in South Africa. In October 2015 a peer-review assessment team consisting of three colleagues from Botswana, Tanzania and the UK, spent three days with NACOSA interviewing both internal and external stakeholders in order to rigorously assess their work against the 9 principles and 38 standards in the…

Listeria – what you need to know

What is listeriosis? Listeriosis is a serious bacterial disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes. It is transmitted to people by eating contaminated food. It is a serious illness with high fatalities (deaths) ranging from 20 – 30% in severe cases. It can be treated with antibiotics. Who is at risk? Anyone can get listeriosis but certain groups are at risk of developing complications (the more serious kind) of the disease. These are: Pregnant women and their unborn babies New born babies and small children The elderly (over 65 years) People with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease…

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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End it Now! Conference Report

The End it Now! Together in Response to GBV and HIV Conference, organized by NACOSA and AFSA and funded by the Global Fund, was held in October 2017. This comprehensive report from the proceedings includes the Conference Resolution and evaluation survey report. “The conference was excellent. It was such a massive exposure. It was bringing insight as to what is happening to women throughout our communities.” – Conference participant  

End it Now Conference Report

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A message of hope

Her name is Nombulelo Nolihle Yose. She is the only daughter of seven children from Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape. She married in 2004: “God gave us two handsome boys and we have a happy life in our marriage staying in Port Elizabeth”. “In March 2006 my lovely husband got sick. I was not around that time, I was visiting my mother in King Williams Town then I received a call from my sister in-law and she said I must come back quickly.” When Nombulelo returned the following day she found her husband very sick: “He did not look at…

Keeping Girls in School Programme Evaluation

NACOSA is calling for proposals for a programme evaluation of the Keeping Girls in School Component of the Young Women and Girls Programme funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Keeping Girls in School programme seeks to provide a comprehensive package of health, education and support services for adolescent girls aged 14 – 18 years. The Programme combines different models of life skills–based HIV education with the aim of effecting behaviour change and empowerment for this key population, as well as offers HTS and SRH services. Programme evaluation organisations and practitioners with proven experience and the…

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Youth dreaming big

Nhlanhla Chiliza and Khetha Maphumulo are two young people from Lamontville who were concerned about the rate of teenage pregnancy, school-dropouts, HIV infection, and lack of socio-economic skills, drugs and substance abuse. They started Deprived Youth Service in 2007, which focuses on skills development for youth in eThekwini South. Since then, the organisation has grown and developed and is now part of the DREAMS programme – a global partnership to reduce HIV/AIDS in adolescent girls and young women. We spoke to Nhlanhla and Khetha as well as a parent and young person who was part of the Let’s Talk parenting…


Good stories for positive living

Thula Mkhize, CEO and Chairperson of Good Stories, found out he was living with HIV on the eighth of January 2009. “Next year will be the ninth anniversary of this amazing journey that has changed my life for the better. I didn’t allow HIV to limit me and steal my dreams – today I’m happily married to an HIV negative woman, and I’m a father of two.” Thula has come a long way since that day in January and the journey has not been without its challenges. “The biggest challenge was thinking I was going to die, but this didn’t…

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Informer December 2017

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.


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