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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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Consultative Forum Report – Planning

As the next National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (2017-2022) is being finalised, NACOSA asked how civil society can influence and support national and local response planning at a consultative forum, as part of our annual general meeting. This report summarizes the input from network members as well as the key speakers at the meeting.

Make a Plan Consultative Forum Report

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Partnership in Action

As principal recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria between 2013 and 2016, NACOSA worked to build the capacity of community organisations, scale-up prevention programmes for the most at-risk populations, increase the coverage and uptake of HIV counselling and testing, increase access to services for people living with HIV and strengthen support for orphaned and vulnerable children. A series of postcards celebrates the achievements of this grant. Get the full stories from these postcards, as well as evaluation reports and other useful links here: PORTRAITS >

NACOSA Global Fund Programme 2013-2016

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NACOSA Strategic Plan 2016-2021

NACOSA recognises that the next five years presents a unique window of opportunity to ramp up the HIV and TB response, towards achieving the Fast Track targets and ending HIV and TB as public health threats by 2030. We can only accomplish this if we redouble our efforts, with strong and committed partnerships of governments, funding partners, civil societies and communities. Within this shared responsibility, NACOSA’s role has never been more vital. With this strategy, we renew our commitment to promote dialogue, build capacity, and strategically channel resources to support service delivery on the ground. In particular, this includes reaching…

NACOSA Strategic Plan 2016 - 2021

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Informer December 2016

Action for Key Populations: Key populations are those who are most affected by HIV and AIDS within a specific context. In South Africa, we have identified key populations who need to be prioritised if we are going to bring down the rate of new infections and meet the UN’s Fast Track Targets. But in many cases, key populations are being left behind – marginalised, criminalised, stigmatised and discriminated against, they are often prevented from accessing the testing, treatment and care services they so desperately need. (6MB pdf)

INFORMER DECEMBER 2016

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OVC Programme Case Studies

As part of the Global Fund grant (2013-2016), NACOSA commissioned an independent process evaluation of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programme to assess the functioning of the programme and learn any lessons that might inform good practice. A series of detailed case studies were developed with the evaluation: Raising an AIDS-free generation: Evaluation of the Global Fund Orphans & Vulnerable Children Programme. Download all the case studies for more detail on the successes, challenges and learnings from the Global Fund OVC Programme: CHILDLINE > COMMUNITY SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING > CHILD & YOUTH CARE WORKER TRAINING > ISIBINDI SAFE PARKS >…

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