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When pandemics collide, young women pay the price

With COVID-19 taking up all the news, it is easy to forget that we are already at the centre of a global pandemic: HIV and AIDS. In South Africa – which has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world – the face of HIV is largely young and female, with adolescent girls and young women between 15 and 24 over three times more likely to acquire HIV than their male peers. What President Ramaphosa called South Africa’s ‘second pandemic’ of gender based violence is also young and female: three quarters of sexual violence survivors reached with…

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.


We will overcome

We have experienced so much loss over the past year – personally, as a community, a country and globally. Just this week we learned of the passing of one of our advisory board members and AIDS activist, Andrew Mosane, and the death from COVID of a true stalwart of the AIDS response, Dr Arthi Ramkissoon. We have lost not just the pioneering spirits, the activists and the heroes on the frontline, we have lost those vital human connections that hold us steady in times of trouble. We have sacrificed so much to keep our loved ones and community safe. Our…

Remembering activist Andrew Mosane

It is with great sadness and heaviness of hearts that we have learnt about the passing on of a gallant HIV and AIDS activist, Andrew Mosane. Our heartfelt condolences to the Mosane family, friends, civil society sectors and Show Me Your Number. All of us have lost such an astute person, and the gap created by his departure will be so hard to fill. NACOSA had a rare opportunity of Andrew serving in its Gauteng Provincial Advisory Committee since 2017. He was always passionate and uncompromising about health issues affecting key and vulnerable populations. In all his contributions, he proved…

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.


Rest in Power Anne Lebethe Mabena

NACOSA marks with sorrow the passing of our former board member and HIV activist, Anne Lebethe Mabena, who passed away last week. Anne had been living positively with HIV for over two decades and was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Her contribution to the HIV and AIDS response in South Africa was significant and her voice will be sorely missed, particularly at NACOSA. Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends.  

Mobile clinics bring health services to communities

The Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) will launch 10 new mobile wellness clinics in vulnerable communities across the country this week to prevent HIV and TB and provide health services to those most at risk. The units, which cost R1 million each and are funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, are fully kitted out to conduct HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infection screening and testing as well as dispensing medication and providing sexual and reproductive health services in even the most rural and isolated communities. “The vans will be useful because…

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