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Sex workers and PrEP

The Global Fund Sex Work Programme aims to prevent new HIV infections among sex workers in South Africa. Between 2019 and 2022, the programme was managed by NACOSA working with implementing organisations in thirteen districts. One of the key components of the programme was to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an HIV prevention method newly introduced in South Africa, to HIV negative sex workers to reduce new HIV infections. A process evaluation was conducted by Impact Consulting for NACOSA to assesses the processes that the programme used to support initiation, uptake, cycling and prevention- effective adherence with regards to PrEP, and…

SEX WORKER PREP EVALUATION

Public Sharps Bins Design Award

South Africa has a growing number of injecting drug users, a worrying development for a number of reasons: it can lead to the spread of blood borne diseases like HIV and Hepatitis and once people who use drugs transition to injecting from other kinds of drug use, their chances of overdose increase. Furthermore, without proper infrastructure for the disposal of injecting equipment, the broader community will be met with an environmental health problem – exposure to ‘sharps’ (needles and other sharp objects used for injecting) that are contaminated. Organisations working with people who use drugs (PWUD) take responsibility for the…

Pandemic lessons from community health systems

Community health systems played a critical role in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. Civil society organisations were already strongly embedded in communities and enjoyed their trust at a time of uncertainty and confusion. The invaluable work done by community teams in screening, testing and vaccinating, as well as linking people to other needed services, has helped society to recognise the importance of community organisations and workers as part of the pandemic response. With funding from the Global Fund, NACOSA deployed 43 Covid teams from community organisations including nurses, screeners, tracers, data capturers and drivers, to support…

10 things you need to know about condoms

It’s fitting that the day before Valentine’s Day is International Condom Day. Condoms are one of the key tools in preventing HIV and unwanted pregnancy but over the pandemic, condom use in South Africa halved. This International Condom Day, let’s fall back in love with condoms! These are the 10 things you should know about condoms: Condoms are great because they protect people from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Good quality condoms are FREE at all clinics and from many community organisations. Condoms can prevent pregnancy but they aren’t 100% so it’s safest to…