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What counts is global equity

Twenty years ago, the world came together to create the Global Fund to fight the deadliest pandemics confronting humanity. The 7th Replenishment of the Global Fund held in New York at the end of September saw some countries, including South Africa, increasing their contribution by 30%. The event raised a record amount to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria but fell short of its target of $18 billion needed to save 20 million lives. As a South African implementer of Global Fund grants, NACOSA joined partners Frontline AIDS in expressing some thoughts about what counts for the AIDS response moving forward. “The last few years…

Tackling the crisis of orphaned children

With the success of South Africa’s antiretroviral treatment programme – the world’s largest with an estimated four million people on treatment – the number of children orphaned by AIDS has slowly declined. But new modelling estimates that South Africa now has 150,000 children orphaned due to Covid-19. This number is jumps to over 200,000 when including children who have lost either their primary or secondary caregiver (like a grandparent).[1] NACOSA has run programmes for vulnerable children since 2011 and implements a programme working to prevent HIV, AIDS and gender-based violence (GBV) in orphans and vulnerable children in the Western Cape,…