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Getting on top of POPI

The Protection of Personal Information Act (called POPI) was promulgated to enforce the Constitutional right to privacy, which includes the right to protection against the unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information. It is naturally subject to justifiable limitations that are aimed at balancing the right to privacy with other rights, specifically the right to access to information and protecting important interests. Organisations should take note of the definition of personal information, which means any information relating to an identifiable natural or juristic person, including but not limited to the following: Information relating to race, gender, sex, pregnancy,…


Addressing gender for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was conceived to fill the urgent need for a woman-controlled HIV prevention method. However, biomedical technology alone will not alter the underlying gender inequalities that make women and girls vulnerable to HIV. This technical brief was developed by Michele Lanham from FHI360 – an OPTIONS consortium partner. It focuses on addressing gender while ensuring effective PrEP introduction.  

Addressing Gender to Ensure Effective PrEP Introduction

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Managing risk in uncertain times

It has been quite a start to the year in South Africa and globally. Very little seems certain and financial markets are responding with volatility. This is an anxious time for community organisations who must navigate the stormy waters of both funding and programme delivery in an increasingly uncertain world. How can organisations plan for and manage risk in an environment that is ever-changing? A key oversight responsibility of non profit boards and senior managers is to understand, manage and mitigate against risk to ensure their organisations are sustainable and able to deliver high quality programmes to beneficiaries. The NACOSA…

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Measles outbreak – what to do

The Department of Health has called on all members of the community to be extra vigilant with a measles outbreak reported in the Western Cape and Gauteng. South Africa has set a measles elimination goal so a single laboratory confirmed measles case is considered a potential outbreak. In a press release issued by the Northern Cape Department of Health, detailed information about measles was provided. Measles is a highly infectious disease spread by droplet infection when an infected person coughs or sneezes but it can be prevented by effective vaccination with the measles vaccine. A suspected Measles case is a person of any…

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