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Training beyond borders

NACOSA’s motto is ‘we’re stronger together’ which has proved to be the case recently with the NACOSA Training Institute sharing its expertise beyond borders in partnership with Frontline AIDS (previously known as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance). Frontline AIDS’s Regional Financial Management Initiative is providing a year-long accompaniment package of assessment, training and long-term mentoring support to Frontline AIDS partners to strengthen their financial management and onward granting capability. As part of this, the Training Institute visited Frontline AIDS partners in Nigeria, eSwatini and Malawi with a tailored Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT) to establish the baseline functioning of each organisation. A…


Ten years ago Nomvula*, a 20-year old mother of two living with HIV, would have been extremely ill but with a CD4 count of over 400, she would not have been eligible for treatment. It is likely that at least one of Nomvula’s children would have contracted HIV from her because she mix-fed her babies (breast and bottle feeding). Nomvula’s partner might also have contracted HIV from her and her quality and length of life would be severely compromised. Today, the picture is very different for Nomvula and millions of South Africans like her. Research on prevention and treatment has…

Planning on a micro level

Criminalisation of sex work in South Africa results in sex workers not trusting easily and providing false personal information. This results in programme monitoring systems having multiple unique identifiers attributed to one person. Sex work is mobile and dynamic, with sex workers moving across the country. Following a cohort of sex workers therefore becomes very difficult. Micro planning, an outreach strategy for peer educators, has been designed and successfully implemented in India with sex workers. In 2018, a programme targeting sex workers, managed by NACOSA and funded by the Global Fund, adopted the micro planning methodology to strengthen cohort tracking…


Informer May 2019

The Informer for May 2019 focuses on what’s new and trending in the AIDS response as well as reflecting on our exciting new grants and programming. The paper includes some helpful tips on forming good habits and how to get the most out of training; and examines rights abuses against people who inject drugs (PWID).