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Managed IT Service Provider

CFP-03-MSP-06-2022 IT is a critical component for the organization and is used daily by every employee, contractor and end users to provide services to the programme beneficiaries. NACOSA seeks to appoint an IT service provider for 36 months to provide comprehensive IT support services to meet the business needs for performance, flexibility, stability and redundancy. Full details of how to apply are in the TERMS OF REFERENCE > Deadline for submission of bids is 17h00 on 05 July 2022. QUESTIONS Questions by email only to Queries@nacosa.org.za with the reference in the subject line. Questions may be submitted on or before…

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Lessons from Covid-19

NACOSA was happy to work with the SAMRC once again on a research paper published in the Frontiers in Health Services looking at lessons learned from implementing health and education interventions for adolescent girls and young women during the Covid-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with reduced access to health services and worsening health outcomes for HIV and sexual and reproductive health. Through the analysis of data from an evaluation study of a combination intervention for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa, the paper examines the way in which implementation and service provision were impacted by…

LESSONS FROM COVID19

Dialogues bring awareness with young men

Adolescent boys and young men are often not actively pursued for HIV prevention interventions. Consequently, they remain at high risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and transmitting these infections to their sexual partners. Men are raised to be “strong” and not to worry about their health – “a man suffers in silence” – thus perpetuating unhealthy masculinities and reducing their health-seeking behaviour. These and other rigid attitudes related to masculinity, have implications for the vulnerability of both young men and women to HIV and AIDS. Involving men and boys is therefore vital for impactful HIV prevention programmes. NACOSA,…

Facilities get youth-friendly boost

NACOSA’s Adolescents and Young People programme recently supported the upgrading of 18 primary health facilities to make them more adolescent and youth-friendly. Young people in South Africa are at risk of a number of sexual and reproductive health problems including HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and early, unplanned pregnancies. At the same time, young people are far less likely to access prevention, care and treatment services. Adolescents and young people are often put off visiting health facilities because of things like the judgemental attitudes of health care workers, long waiting times, operation hours not suitable to their needs and physical…

Research on Safe Spaces for young women

NACOSA is proud to have co-authored a research paper with South African Medical Research Council, the University of Cape Town and the Sheffield Institute for International Development looking at feasibility and acceptability of Safe Spaces as part of HIV prevention interventions with adolescent girls and young women. The research paper was recently published in the BMC Public Health journal. Safe Spaces are a feature of HIV prevention interventions for adolescent girls and young women that NACOSA implements with funding from the Global Fund, together with two other principal recipient organisations. As part of an evaluation of this programme, researchers investigated…

SAFE SPACES RESEARCH

Cybercrime alert

NACOSA has recently been the victim of a cybercrime attack. We would like to therefore alert all our partners and the organisations and people we work with to be extremely vigilant to potential cyber attacks, which appear to be on the rise. Never send proof of bank details or payment packs via email. Always verify by phone or in person. Be alert to potential pfishing attempts: NEVER provide passwords, PINs or banking details by email or click on a link in an email asking for such details. Be very careful about change of banking details communications – these are used…

“Education Plus” to empower young women

Adolescent girls and young women in South Africa are disproportionately impacted by HIV, AIDS and other sexual and reproductive health issues. To help address this, the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhlaule, together with five United Nations agencies – UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women – recently launched the Education Plus Initiative in South Africa to enable young women to enjoy the full benefit of education and realise their sexual and reproductive health rights. Education Plus is a high-level advocacy drive to accelerate actions and investments to prevent HIV. The initiative is a rights-based, gender-responsive action agenda…

Invest to end TB and save lives

TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases but, although it is now curable, it is still a leading cause of sickness and death globally. South Africa is one of the 30 highest burden TB countries in the world and it remains our leading natural cause of death. An estimated 167 people in South Africa lose their lives to TB every day. TB and HIV are closely linked, with over 60% of people with active TB also living with HIV. PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY South Africa’s rates of active TB are some of the highest in the world, a situation that…

Vaginal HIV prevention ring approved

South Africa’s medicines regulator, SAHPRA, has approved the new vaginal ring for use by women ages 18 and older to reduce their HIV risk. This is a major milestone, bringing the first long-acting and woman-controlled product a step closer to reaching the women who need it. What is it? The Vaginal Ring is a flexible, silicon band containing the antiretroviral medicine (ARV) dapivirine. How does it work? The ring is put into the vagina every month and slowly releases dapivirine into the body to help prevent HIV infection. It works to prevent HIV in people who are HIV negative in…

Vaginal Ring Infographic

Retained organisations

Some organisations that are currently implementing Global Fund programmes as NACOSA sub-recipients were put forward to be retained for the next round of Global Fund funding which starts in April this year. These organisations have been endorsed by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and will be taken forward into the next round. They therefore do not need to apply for funding. Organisations were retained based on the criteria and processes set out by the CCM in the SR Selection Manual. Organisation Module District TB HIV Care People Who Use Drugs  Programme City of Cape Town TB HIV Care People Who…

SR SELECTION MANUAL

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