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Positive choices

Choice Somagaca found out she was HIV positive a week after giving birth to her first born child when she was tested by medical staff at the hospital. Now the Chairperson of the George Local AIDS Council and an inspiration to her community, Choice has come a long way from the dark day when she was first tested for HIV. “I found out about my HIV status a week after I gave birth to my first born child. I had a high fever that was not going down after giving birth and only on the seventh day I was asked…

Funding still a major challenge

Lack of funding is still the most pressing challenge faced by civil society organisations in the NACOSA network, with 75% of network survey respondents citing lack of funding, compared to 63% in the 2017 survey. However, organisations have put in place a number of measures in response to these challenges and are fully committed to the networking spirit of collaboration and sharing. NACOSA is at heart a network, bringing together civil society organisations working in the HIV, AIDS, TB and related fields. Each year, NACOSA surveys organizations within this network to understand their challenges, needs and capacity gaps. The information…

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.  


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

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…

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