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Making the Case for Children – Report

Work has begun on the next National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP). As part of the Yezingane Network (the children’s sector on SANAC), NACOSA wants to help make the case for children (0-18 years) to be included in the plan. In an online survey of NACOSA and Yezingane Network members, key themes emerged. All those surveyed felt that there was a need to make the case for children in the next NSP The report from this survey will be included in a larger submission to the South African National AIDS Council by the Children’s Sector.

Making the Case for Children Report

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Maria Stacey presented an abstract poster at the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban. FROM BROTHELS TO PARLIAMENT: Lessons learnt from scaling up a rights-based sex worker HIV programme looks at the Red Umbrella Sex Worker Programme, funded by the Global Fund from 2013-2016 which combined bio-behavioural interventions, as well as social and structural interventions such as collective mobilisation, and stigma reduction activities. The abstract examines programme data, a good practice workshop with sex workers and a final programme evaluation to understand the outcomes and impact of the programme.

From brothels to parliament

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Meet #GenEndIt

Be inspired by three resilient young men and women who survived HIV, TB and malaria and who are determined to end the three diseases as epidemics – for good. Watch this short video from The Global Fund AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria affect millions of young people around the world, but with the right treatment and care, they can still go on to achieve their dreams and live life to the fullest. Lerato, from South Africa, Mykola, from Ukraine, and Lah Poe, from Thailand, have overcome tremendous health challenges. Today, they are calling on the world to not let these diseases beat…

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Children and HIV Symposium

Before the International AIDS Conference, NACOSA attended the #ReachAllChildren symposium Children and HIV: Equity Now! Reaching all Children in the Epidemic,  from July 15-16. All the presentations from the symposium can be downloaded here – a rich resource of programme and scientific information for those working with children and adolescents. These were some of the key take-aways reported by NACOSA Prevention Specialist, Bulelwa Ngoma: Children and HIV Impressive progress towards elimination of HIV in infants (that needs continued investments) but, still high HIV infection rates in mothers, especially young women in Africa Preventing HIV in mothers is a complex challenge – no quick fix, no magic…