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Vacancies: Child and Youth Care Workers

NACOSA in partnership with the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and local CBOs based in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape will be implementing a USAID and PEPFAR-funded project in in the Sub-Districts Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.  We are inviting suitably qualified Child and Youth Care Workers, who meet the below criteria, to apply for the position of Child and Youth Care Worker. 67 CYCW posts are available until 30 September 2019 with the potential to be renewed for another year. The anticipated start date is 15 January 2019. Requirements for a successful candidates: Qualified CYCW…

Peer power

By Leora Casey, Sex Work Specialist The Sex Work Programme provides tailored peer-centred support to sex workers across South Africa. This includes providing health and human rights information to sex workers and mobilising sex workers for services. Peer educators are the centre of the Sex Work Programme, developing and maintaining relationships with the sex workers. They are truly the unsung heroes of the programme so we wanted to profile a few very special peer educators that are doing an excellent job. A SHINING STAR Slindile is one of our stars! She works as a peer educator with Lifeline Durban in…

The truth about teen pregnancy

Young people, particularly young women, are often portrayed as irresponsible and feckless – getting pregnant young and having children that they can ill afford. We are frequently warned about rising rates of teen pregnancies and the affect this is having on society. The fact is that overall, the percentage of women age 15-19 who have begun childbearing is unchanged since 1998. But the numbers are still high and there is no doubt that early pregnancy can have a negative effect on a young woman’s life chances. To find ways to stop our children having children, we need to dig deep…

Learning to survive

Sexually and physically abused as a child, singer Jennifer Jones learned how to overcome her trauma and survive. Now an ambassador and volunteer at Lifeline, Jennifer is helping other survivors to find peace and move on with their lives. “I was orphaned at two and adopted five times, during which time I was abused, raped and even burnt. I decided that I had to change my own circumstances. In silence I would cry and the hate would grow so strongly that I couldn’t love. I started hating very hard and left to live on the streets in a park in…


Two separate pieces of research published recently by NACOSA highlight the need for services and screening for victims of gender based violence as a critical part of the country’s HIV response. In this edition of the Informer, we focus on the relationship between gender based violence (GBV) and HIV.


Total shutdown: Ntosh’s Story

By Sydney Davis, Provincial Manager, Eastern Cape On 1 August 2018, while the country woke up to the call for a Total Shutdown against Gender Based Violence, Ntosh started her day reflecting on the way violence shaped her life. At the tender age of ten years she was knocked unconscious by boys and raped. Five years later this young woman was once again cruelly violated by a man. As she reflected on her life that morning, she vividly remembered the pain, the humiliation of her womanhood. “My heart was bitter, no sleep, no joy, no smile…” On this morning she…

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

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