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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

Closing the gap with HIV self-testing

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. Could HIV self-testing be the answer to closing the gap? Despite the gains made in HIV testing, particularly in Africa where there has been huge scale-up, 40% of people living with HIV worldwide don’t know their status. According to Cheryl Johnson, Technical Officer at the World Health Organization, in Eastern and Southern Africa, uptake of testing has hit a plateau and is not having the…

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Evaluation of Peer Education

NACOSA is calling for proposals for an evaluation of peer education in the Global Fund Sex Work Programme.  The programme is funded as part of the Global Fund Investing for Impact against Tuberculosis and HIV grant. The primary objective of the evaluation is to understand whether the current peer education approach is an effective strategy to support sex workers so that they benefit from the programme. The timeframe for the evaluation is July 2018 – December 2018. Download the Terms of Reference > Questions can be sent to Please note: Deadline for submission has changed to 08h30 on Thursday,…

Evaluation Terms of Reference

Foot soldiers at work

As part of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) capacity building programme, NACOSA has trained three learners from each of 32 community based organisations in the Eastern Cape in HIV Testing Services through the NACOSA Training Institute. This accredited ten day training includes finger-prick testing after which learners have to do 10 HIV tests under the supervision of a qualified nurse. Learners who received their finger prick certificates were linked up with health facilities in their area to provide additional capacity for clinics to reach their testing targets. Forty-five minutes’ drive out of East London on the R72 lies Mpongo Village….

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…

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