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Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust’s care workers are providing an essential service in KwaZulu-Natal as part of NACOSA’s Community-based Violence Prevention and Linkages to Response programme funded by USAID and PEPFAR. Care workers like Qondeni Ntinga link orphaned and vulnerable children to care, treatment and ongoing support services. In May, 14 year-old Sipho* and his three year-old sister, Mbali* lost their mother to an AIDS-related illness and had to move over 50km from their rural homestead just outside the town of Pietermaritzburg to live with their gogo (grandmother) in Shongweni. This was a traumatic time for the children who had to…

Sexuality education saves lives

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a critical intervention, shown to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, gender based violence and teen pregnancies. As an organisation working with children and youth across the country, NACOSA supports the Department of Basic Education’s CSE scripted lesson plans as critical to saving lives and supporting the health and wellbeing of young South Africans. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world at 7.7 million people. Most new HIV infections occur among young adults and adolescents, with HIV prevalence among young women nearly four times greater than that…

Supporting young women on campus

South Africa has 25 universities and 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges (FETs) with close to 427 campuses and a student population of around 1.5 million. Campuses are where young people, enjoying freedoms not available at school, learn, grow and discover who they are – sexually as well as emotionally. The risky behaviours associated with student life like drinking, drug-taking and casual sex make students more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. But there are other factors putting students, particularly female students, at risk such as high rates of sexual violence and mental…

IMpower training begins

Training has begun for No Means No Worldwide’s IMpower programme in South Africa. A group of dedicated young women from NACOSA and partner organisations on the Adolescent Girls and Young Women programme have come together in Cape Town to start the intensive process of becoming facilitators for the empowerment self-defense programme proven to reduce rape by up to 50%. IMpower teaches women and girls between 10 and 20 how to identify risk early, how to say no effectively, and, if that doesn’t work, how to use physical self-defense to escape danger. IMpower also helps boys and young men understand that…

Rape prevention programme coming to SA

MEDIA RELEASE Local organisation NACOSA will be the first to implement No Means No Worldwide’s evidence-based IMpower programme in South Africa. The announcement comes at a critical time in South Africa’s battle to turn the tide on sexual and gender based violence and will form one of a number of interventions by civil society working to reinvigorate its campaign to address the scourge. The IMpower violence prevention system offers knowledge, skills and practical strategies that end the cycle of violence by teaching boys to respect and support women and girls, and empowering girls to stand up for their rights. “What…

Positive policing and sex work

A report, produced by Sonke Gender Justice, has been published documenting the proceedings from a roundtable discussion on policing and sex work as part of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) which NACOSA is part of. Chaired by Marlise Richter (from Sonke Gender Justice), the roundtable comprised a panel of five experts from the sex work, law enforcement and civil society sectors. Through discussing ways of creating more positive relationships between law enforcement and sex workers, the purpose was to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) – and through more positive relationships to reduce human…

POSITIVE POLICING PRACTICES AND SEX WORK

The recent spate of violence against women

As an organisation that has worked in the field of gender based violence for many years, NACOSA is horrified by the latest news of the kidnapping, rape and murder of young women in South Africa. We are a deeply violent country – and our programmes deal with the consequences of this violence daily. Aside from the devastating physical, psychological and social impact of violence, it is also one of the main drivers of our HIV epidemic (the largest in the world with over 7 million South Africans living with HIV). Women’s groups and organisations, including NACOSA, have spent years calling…

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…

Trending

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…

Request for Applications

NACOSA invites South African civil society organisations to participate in the next Global Fund grant for the Sex Work and Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programmes. Go to nacosa.org.za/PROPOSALS for details and forms.