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Care Centre Construction Project Management

CFP-55-PVCC-09-2021 NACOSA seeks the services of a suitably qualified project manager to manage the completion of three post violence care centres, ensuring that the Centres are well designed and built according to project specifications. NACOSA, in partnership with the Department of Health, has identified three geographic areas where there is currently no dedicated health facility to provide forensic services to survivors of sexual violence. To address this need, NACOSA has secured funding from the First for Women Foundation and The Global Fund to ensure that two facilities are constructed to provide services for survivors of sexual violence to serve as…

Saying goodbye to ‘just say no’

South Africa’s response to drug use has been similar to the initial response to HIV and AIDS: promoting abstinence. The so-called ‘just say no/war on drugs’ approach from the 1980s has, like many other things from the 1980s, outstayed its welcome. The abstinence approach only works for a small minority of people, there are high levels of relapse, and it is extremely difficult to access rehabilitation services in the country. For young people in particular, the ‘just say no’ messaging has little impact. It is now widely accepted that the global ‘war on drugs’ has failed. According to the South…

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,…

Clinical trials explained

Because we have largest HIV burden in the world, coupled with a very high TB burden, a number of new medicines, devices and vaccines are being trialled in South Africa. And there will be more to come in the next few years. What are clinical trials and what does it mean for someone to be part of one? WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL? A clinical trial is a scientific experiment to understand the risks of a therapy, drug or medical device and whether it will work or not. Clinical trials are conducted on new treatments, but also to look at…

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NACOSA Strategic Plan

NACOSA seeks the professional services of a consultant or team to review its current strategic plan which expires in 2021 and lead a strategic planning exercise to produce a strategic plan for the period 2022 to 2027. The process will include engagement with stakeholders inside and outside the organization, both to develop the plan and secure its implementation. For details and how to submit a proposal see the TERMS OF REFERENCE > Submissions must be made by 10 September 2021 to mariette@nacosa.org.za. Any questions must be made in writing to mariette@nacosa.org.za. DOCUMENTS Terms of Reference Cost Estimate Template QUESTIONS &…

Generation Equality – imagining a more equal future

Young women in South Africa are not equal. They are more at risk of getting HIV, more likely to leave school early, more likely to have mental health issues and much more likely to experience sexual and gender-based violence. If we want an equal future for women and girls, now’s the time to act!  We’ve created a Generation Equality profile frame for Facebook, show your support by adding it to your profile for Women’s Month. Taking our cue from UN Women’s #GenerationEquality campaign and the South African government’s Women’s Month theme for 2021… NACOSA is calling on its network and…

No Means No: a survivor’s story

Tsaki* attended the No Means No empowerment self-defense classes run by Childline Gauteng as part of NACOSA’s Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programme, funded by the Global Fund. This is her story. I grew up living with my mother and stepfather, I knew my father and accepted the fact that he does not care about me. I always witnessed physical abuse, which killed me emotionally at times, I wouldn’t sleep overthinking everything. It was July when I almost lost my mother due to gender based violence. That is when I started receiving counselling, having the support of social workers made…

Supporting youth mental health

According to the World Health Organisation, about half of all mental health conditions begin by 14 years of age, with most cases remaining unrecognised and untreated. The adolescence developmental stage is characterised by physical, emotional, and social change so it is important to protect young people at risk of adverse mental health outcomes, and to identify and provide support to those with mental health conditions. The more risks that an adolescent is exposed to, the greater the likelihood that he or she will experience mental health challenges. In Eastern and Southern Africa, 79% of new HIV infections were among 10–19…

Sex workers and the pandemic

  The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy have created emergencies for many sectors around the country. Hardest hit by the pandemic are sex workers – already one of the most stigmatized and discriminated-against communities in South Africa. The pandemic has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities faced by sex workers and with lockdown restrictions, it has been more difficult than ever for sex workers to operate with their workspaces having been closed and heavily regulated by law enforcement. In a quest to find out about how the pandemic has impacted the sex worker community, NACOSA spoke with a…

No Means No for boys and men

NACOSA is excited to be launching our first No Means No training programme for boys and men. No Means No Worldwide is an international sexual violence prevention organization whose mission is to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and children globally. The workshops provide knowledge and strategies that end the cycle of violence by teaching girls to set boundaries, stand up and defend themselves, and boys to challenge rape culture, ask for consent and intervene in attacks. No Means No Boys and Men workshops will be implemented by Childline Gauteng, Childline North West, Amandla Development and Hope Africa with…

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