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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…

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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.

INFORMER DEC 2017

Celebrate the Journey: Annual Report 2017

NACOSA recognises that the next five years presents a unique window of opportunity to ramp up the HIV and TB response. With our 2016-2021 strategy, we renew our commitment to promote dialogue, build capacity, and strategically channel resources to support service delivery on the ground. In particular reaching young women and girls, sex workers, those most affected by gender-based violence, orphans and vulnerable children, and other vulnerable and key populations. Last year we set bold new strategic objectives, consolidated into five focus areas that are transformative and forward-looking. This annual report is a series of essays celebrating the start of our journey towards…

CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY

Positive parenting can prevent HIV

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. New HIV infections are concentrated in older adolescents and young people, particularly adolescent girls and young women. South Africa has the highest number of estimated new infections per week – over 2,000 – among women aged 15-24. Parents urgently need to have the difficult conversations with their children about sex, sexuality and…

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Focus for impact

At the heart of the National Strategic Plan for HIV TB and STI’s 2017-2022 is the strategy Focus for Impact that uses detailed information, data and insights to identify populations most at risk in areas most severely affected by HIV and TB. While comprehensive prevention, care and treatment will be provided country-wide, intensified concentrated efforts are needed in regions that have been identified as HIV and TB high-burden areas. The NSP thus introduces this more intensified, more strategic focus at provincial, district and ward level to maximize the impact of its efforts. The purpose of this strategy is to ensure…

Resolution calls on all sectors to End it Now!

The national conference to promote linking, learning and action on the state response to gender based violence (GBV), the interaction between HIV and GBV and the impact of GBV on young people – End it Now! Together in Response to GBV and HIV – issued the following resolution: The assembled delegates, Recognising the extent and severity of GBV and HIV in South Africa, Understanding the links between GBV and HIV and the burden that falls particularly on young women and girls, Acknowledging the importance of a strong collaboration between government actors, local and international donors and civil society organisations, Celebrating…

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National Strategic Plan for GBV launched

A coalition of civil society organisations are calling for a national strategic plan on gender-based violence (GBV) to include an expanded definition of GBV, filling the gaps in implementing existing laws, improved and expanded psycho-social services, increased investment in prevention and research and robust accountability mechanisms with suitable resources. In a shadow framework document released today, the Stop Gender Violence campaign maintains that if it is developed through broad-based national consultation and engagement, a national strategic plan to end GBV – like the one developed for HIV, AIDS and STIs – could be a powerful lever of change. Gender-based violence…

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Civil society comes together to end GBV

Gender-based violence is a persistent global challenge and one that costs South Africa between R28.4 billion and R42.4 billion per year – or between 0.9% and 1.3% of GDP (KPMG, 2014). Rates of GBV are believed to be extremely high in South African communities, with many civil society organisations reporting increasing levels of violence, particularly against young women. Significantly for South Africa, which has the largest HIV burden in the world, women who experience gender-based violence are at increased risk of HIV infection. End it Now! Together in response to GBV and HIV is a national conference to promote linking,…

Ending the violence at home

Intimate partner violence – particularly sexual violence – is an underreported and hidden problem in South Africa. High levels of gender based violence are highlighted during 16 Days of Activism and Women’s Month but the public perception is that sexual violence and abuse is perpetrated largely by strangers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Intimate partner violence (IPV), defined as the experience of “physical, sexual or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse” is a significant public health and human rights problem across the globe and in South Africa. In a nationally representative study on IPV,…

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