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Charting the journey

Research in 2019 found that adolescent girls and young women, while being at increased risk of acquiring HIV, are not focused on HIV prevention as a significant issue or meaningful priority. It recommends that building a successful HIV prevention strategy means supporting young women in their journey to navigate healthy sexual behaviours and relationship management overall (Breaking the Cycle of Transmission). Informed by this, the My Journey Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programme, funded by the Global Fund, developed an innovative tool for engaging young women on the programme. The My Journey Journal was designed to be an aspirational tool,…

Impact of COVID on young women

NACOSA’s adolescent girls and young women programme specialist, Colleen Wagner, contributed to this research into the impact of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Programs and Services. “With the layer of COVID it has made it really worse… [16-24 year old girls] has been the group that has been crying out for help more than other groups.” This study was conducted by the Program on Global Health Justice and Governance, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University and Nicoletta Mabhena, South Africa-based Researcher, with support from the Ford Foundation.


Nutrition advice

A healthy diet is important for everyone – it helps the body stay strong to fight disease. For some groups of people, like people living with HIV and TB, it is even more important. With support from USAID and PEPFAR, NACOSA developed a small flyer in 8 languages providing basic nutrition advice, focusing on healthy eating on a limited budget. Download the flyers: ENGLISH EAT RIGHT, STAY HEALTHY. ISIXHOSA YITYA KAKUHLE, UHLALE USEMPILWENI ISIZULU YIDLA KAHLE, UHLALE UNEMPILO AFRIKAANS EET GESOND, BLY GESOND SESOTHO E JA KA NEPO, O DULE O PHETSE HANTLE SEPEDI EJA GABOTSE, DULA O PHETŠE GABOTSE…


COVID-19 Information for Communities

NACOSA has developed some flyers on COVID-19 to provide up-to-date and accurate information to the communities and groups we work with. You can download the flyers here: ENGLISH ISIXHOSA ISIZULU SETSWANA


Coronavirus information for Children

With support from USAID and PEPFAR, NACOSA was able to adapt and translate a booklet explaining COVID-19 for children. The information was adapted for South Africa by NACOSA from material created by Manuela Molina Cruz, MindHeart. Download the booklets here: ENGLISH Hello! I am a brand new virus, a cousin of the flu and common cold. ISIXHOSA Molweni! Ndiyintsholongwane entsha kraca, umzala weflu nomkhuhlane nje oxhaphakileyo. ISIZULU Hello! Ngiyigciwane elisha sha, umzala wemfuluwenza nomkhuhlane. AFRIKAANS Hallo! Ek is ’n splinternuwe virus, ’n nefie van griep en die gewone verkoue. SESOTHO DUMELA! Nna ke kokwanahloko e ntjha, motswala wa flu le…


Pathways to Safety

All survivors and victims of violence have a right to services. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old or have a disability, whatever your sexual orientation and gender identity, no matter where you live or your race, ethnicity, or financial situation, or whether you are HIV positive or negative. It doesn’t matter if you are married to or in a relationship with the person who is abusing you. Download our Pathways to Safety poster for help to get yourself or a loved-one get the services they need.


Adapting to changing priorities

Our global partners, Frontline AIDS, have published a fascinating report on the community HIV response in relation to COVID-19 : Transforming the HIV Response: How communities innovate to respond to COVID-19 Chapter 7 features NACOSA’s Key Populations Programme and how programme staff had to rapidly pivot when sex workers and people who use drugs were displaced by lockdown. DOWNLOAD FULL PUBLICATION >   In South Africa, a significant number of sex workers and people who use drugs were displaced when stringent lockdown measures were implemented. Programmes had to become increasing agile. Many sex workers left the cities when they were…

Get on top of TB

TB is short for Tuberculosis. It is an infectious bacterial disease that spreads through the air. Although it is curable and treatment is free, it is a major health problem and affects many people. TB is the leading natural cause of death in South Africa. This leaflet provides information on awareness, testing and treatment that will help us beat TB. GET ON TOP OF TB >


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Be STI aware

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or contact between private parts. HIV is an STI and having another untreated STI can make you more likely to get HIV. This leaflet is all about the preventable and treatable sexually transmitted infections you need to know about. BE STI AWARE >


Treatment on track

Antiretroviral medicines are used to treat HIV. If people living with HIV take their medicine correctly, they can live an almost normal life. But it is important to take it at the same time every day and to keep taking it for life. This leaflet explains how this works and gives tips for keeping on track with medication for HIV. It is especially important at the moment for people living with HIV to keep taking their medication correctly to ensure their immune systems stays strong. TREATMENT ON TRACK >

Treatment on track