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Services and screening for victims of violence

Two separate pieces of research published by the Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) highlight the need for services and screening for victims of gender based violence as a critical part of the country’s HIV response. A study by NACOSA in Wentworth, KwaZulu-Natal, looked at simultaneously screening people for HIV and gender based violence (GBV) and found 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 GBV should be recognized as a key population for HIV testing in South Africa…

Evaluation of TCC Services

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…

Process Evaluation of NGO Services at TCCs

Screening for HIV and GBV

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…

Screening for HIV and GBV

Regional Strategy for Key Populations

The Southern African Development Community – SADC – has endorsed and released a Regional Strategy on HIV Prevention Treatment and Care and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Key Populations. The strategy is a result of a series of participatory and interactive processes that involved members of key populations, governments, civil society and development partners. It is expected to serve as a guide to Member States in designing and implementing appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes for key populations focusing on the major issues that need to be addressed at policy, legal, institutional and facility levels.

SADC Regional Strategy for Key Populations

Evaluation: Community Systems Strengthening

NACOSA and AFSA are calling for proposals for an evaluation of the Global Fund Community Systems Strengthening Programme. The programme is funded as part of the Global Fund Investing for Impact against Tuberculosis and HIV grant. The purpose of the evaluation is to delve into the Networking and Coordination element of the programme to understand the progress made to date on achieving intended outcomes. The timeframe for the evaluation is September 2018 – February 2019. Download the Terms of Reference > Questions and Answers > Questions can be submitted to Michelle Stewart, NACOSA M&E Manager: Submission deadline: 08h30 on Monday, 10…

Evaluation Terms of Reference

Data Management Strategy Consultant

NACOSA is calling for proposals from consultants to develop a Data Protection Strategy that strikes a balance between individual privacy rights while still allowing data to be used for business and programmatic purposes. Download the Terms of Reference > The assignment requires: A desktop review of current, relevant NACOSA documents and programme tools for collecting, storing, retrieving and sharing personal information of programme beneficiaries Development of a detailed report on the findings from the desktop review against requirements for protection of personal information generated through the programmes Development of a strategy with supporting tools that would address the gaps identified…

Terms of Reference

Total shutdown: Ntosh’s Story

On the day of the #TotalShutdown marches across the country, we hear from a survivor from the Eastern Cape who is bravely fighting back against gender based violence. “Yes I was abused by a man but that does not mean all men are abusers. I was raped not once but twice, but that does not mean all men are rapists. I am not giving men the power that they should treat us any way or force themselves on us, but I am showing how strong I have become. Yes it was not easy but I am proud of myself My…

We need Sexual Offences Courts

Rape and sexual abuse is an ongoing crisis in our communities. South Africa has one of the highest rates of reported rape in the world. The high levels of poverty and a huge gap between rich and poor in our country means that rape survivors get very different kinds of support, depending on what community they live in and which police station they report the rape to. Through sexual offences courts, the court system needs to support victims of crime, while ensuring that criminals are brought to justice. Rape survivors who testify in sexual offences courts must receive support when they testify in order to reduce secondary…

Sexual Offences Courts Facsheet

HIV Testing Materials

NACOSA has produced a leaflet to provide information and advice to people who have had an HIV test. The leaflet is specifically aimed at people who are most vulnerable to HIV such as sex workers, survivors of gender based violence and young women and girls. Download now: I tested HIV positive. Now what? I tested HIV negative. Now what?  


New materials for GBV survivors

NACOSA has developed a new set of information materials for people experiencing gender based violence focusing on health and understanding risks. A large poster and accompanying postcards are a resource for organizations who work with survivors of GBV and IPV and cover issues such as HIV risk, adherence, PEP, intimate partner violence, TB and sexual and reproductive health. Poster > Postcards > All sub-recipient organizations on NACOSA’s GBV programme will receive a set of materials.

GBV Health Postcards

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