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It has been 40 years since the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were identified in the United States and 30 years since the National AIDS Convention of South Africa, which would evolve into NACOSA. What have we learned about tackling HIV, AIDS and other public health crises? “Our experience of battling a pandemic like HIV set us on a solid footing when it came to dealing with the arrival of Covid-19.” – Dr Saadiq Kariem, Chairperson “NACOSA’s long history within the AIDS response, its resilience and adaptability over this difficult period has meant that the organisation…


NACOSA to boycott Shell

Update: On 28 December 2021, community activists won their court application for an interim interdict blocking any seismic surveys of the ocean until a ruling can be made on whether further environmental authorisation is needed. A week later, the ship contracted by Shell to conduct the surveys left South African waters after Shell announced it had terminated the contract for the survey vessel early due to ongoing legal hearings and a limited weather window. In light of these developments, NACOSA will suspend its boycott of Shell products and service stations. We continue to stand in solidarity with marginalised communities and…

My Journey Programme Impact Evaluation

CFP-05-AGY-12-2021 NACOSA seeks the services of a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to undertake an impact evaluation of the My Journey Programme. The evaluation will assess whether the programme has achieved its intended outcomes and impact by carrying out the third and final stage of the HERStory Study. For full details read the TERMS OF REFERENCE > Deadline for submission of bids is 17h00 on Friday 21st January 2022. Briefing Download a recording of the briefing meeting here: Documents Terms of Reference Appendix 1: Proposal Template    


Psycho-social Support in Schools

CFP-65-AGYW-11-2021 NACOSA seeks the services of a company to provide psychosocial support in the form of debriefing services to learners and educators in schools. The Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) programme is already implemented in schools, the psychosocial support will be an additional COVID-19 response service. We work in 30 schools in Tshwane 1 (Gauteng), 24 schools in Klipfontein (Western Cape) and 31 schools in Rustenburg (North-West). Full details are in the TERMS OF REFERENCE > Questions can be submitted by email only to until Friday, 26th November 2021. Deadline for submission of bids is Tuesday, 30th November…


Prevention and treatment advances

Along with the life-saving Covid-19 vaccines that were developed over the past 18 months through unprecedented global scientific collaboration, a number of treatment and prevention advances have provided some much-needed good news to round off 2021. ‘Functional’ cure for HIV moves to human trials American drug company, Excision BioTherapeutics, has announced that their new treatment, called EBT-101, received FDA approval to progress to human trials. The treatment uses The Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR gene-editing technology to cut numerous pieces of the HIV genome in a bid to make it unable to mutate inside the body. This one-off treatment could potentially mean that…

Reporting on sex workers: a guide

Sex workers are often stereotyped, exposed, stigmatised and misrepresented in the media. This can have a negative impact, not only on individual sex workers, but on the sex worker rights movement as a whole. Sex workers are ordinary people working to support themselves and their families and, just like any other person, should be treated with fairness and dignity. NACOSA’s key populations team have pulled together some simple pointers to guide journalists and media houses when reporting on sex work and sex workers. Key facts Sex workers are female, male and transgender adults aged over 18 years who sell consensual…

Empowering young women to grow, learn & own

“It’s quite hard being an unemployed youth, it’s depressing at times and expensive also as job-hunting is a full-time job,” says a young women on the My Journey Programme. As young women are one of the populations most vulnerable to HIV in South Africa, the My Journey Adolescent Girls and Young Women programme, funded by the Global Fund, aims to decrease HIV incidence. Some of the drivers of risk for young women include unemployment, poverty and lack of economic opportunity, so NACOSA implements an economic strengthening intervention as part of the My Journey programme. The programme is aimed at young…

2ND National Sex Worker Plan launched

NACOSA was honoured to join SANAC, the SANAC Civil Society Forum, the Departments of Health and Justice, the Global Fund, the United Nations Population Fund and the Sisonke sex worker movement at the launch of the second National Sex Worker HIV, TB and STI Plan 2019-2022 (NSWP 2019-2022). The plan builds on the strengths of the first Sex Worker HIV Plan (2016-2019), addressing gaps identified over the past three years and supports the call for the decriminalisation of sex work. The NSWP 2019-2022 also introduces several improvements to address the challenges in delivering available, accessible, acceptable and quality HIV, TB,…


NACOSA News October 2021

Taking vaccines to the people, young women as social media Influencers, practical advice for combatting GBV and more in our October email newsletter. OCTOBER 2021    


Taking the vaccine to key populations

Sex workers and people who inject drugs, who are considered ‘key populations’ in terms of HIV, face huge barriers in accessing health services, even in the best of times. During a global pandemic, this issue is even more acute. These groups are not only more at risk of contracting Covid-19, but many are also more likely to become seriously ill if they do contract Covid-19 (a high proportion of key populations are living with HIV, TB and other co-morbidities that make them vulnerable to Covid). Despite this, they are struggling to access the national vaccination programme. Many key populations are…

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