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As October begins, the world’s attention shifts to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a critical initiative aimed at supporting individuals who have survived the disease, those undergoing treatment, and educating people about the various aspects of the illness. It is important to understand that breast cancer does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, regardless of gender or the size and shape of the breasts. Breast cancer is a condition that presents itself in different forms. Just like the diversity of normal breasts, which can be large or small, smooth or lumpy, light or dark, and of different sizes. Breast cancer, too,…

Breaking the Cycle

“When it came..  it was too good to be true, honestly. Having someone to listen to me, to all my problems. Do I really even matter? Do people even care who I am? I’m just from a village, sometimes we don’t even have electricity, we don’t have running water, so who cares who I am? And then Childline was like, “No, we’ll be here for you”. (Tsakane Onnica Maluleke, Peer Group Trainer, Childline Gauteng) When Childline reached out to Tsakane with the My Journey programme initiative, poverty and the associated effects and challenges had brought her to the edge. “I…

Fighting TB in Gauteng

“People know about TB, but knowing about TB isn’t the same as having information on what to do when you have TB, especially amongst residents of informal settlements.”   – Thapelo Mokone, District Coordinator, Treatment Action Campaign. Community organisations in South Africa are facing an uphill battle in their efforts to link people to TB care and improve case finding rates. Several challenges were identified and potential solutions came to light during a Community Dialogue held in Randfontein, Gauteng, part of NACOSA’s Community Systems Strengthening Programme funded by The Global Fund. The stigma associated with TB is one of the biggest challenges…

NACOSA Advocates for People-Centred Drug Policy

South Africa needs a drug policy that focuses on putting people first. There are an estimated 400 000 people using heroin with estimated 82 500 people who inject drug in South Africa. National HIV prevalence amongst people who inject drugs is recorded at 21.8%, with 83% Hepatitis C prevalence. NACOSA’s People Who Use Drugs programme funded by The Global Fund reached 31 257 people who inject drugs in 7 South African districts between April 2019 and March 2022, identifying a 23% HIV positivity yield. The recent Africa Policy Week brought together policymakers, advocates, and experts from across the continent to…

Reducing harm caused by drug use

Preparing Harm reduction
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In the vast landscape of South Africa’s AIDS response, there exists a group that is often overlooked and marginalised—the people who use drugs. This underserved population faces a heightened risk of HIV, TB, and Hepatitis, trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment, and social inequality. However, there is hope. NACOSA’s People Who Use Drugs Programme, funded by the Global Fund and in collaboration with organizations like TB/HIV Care, is working tirelessly to provide support, education, and harm reduction strategies to reduce the devastating impact of drug use on individuals and communities. At the heart of this initiative are the peer…

Finding the gaps

“The purpose is to identify the gaps that they have been missing, that they are not aware that they are missing. We want these facilities to be a zone whereby youth can come freely, as we’ve noticed that most youth don’t come to the facility because of health care worker attitudes.” Inviting someone into your space to monitor how you do things is difficult for anyone, and it is especially difficult in the high-pressure environment of primary healthcare facilities. But it is critically important for the users of services to be in engaged in how these services are delivered. Young…

Building an LGBTQI+ friendly community

The South African Constitution was the first in the world to protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities. We have some of the strongest protections globally for LGBTQIA+ people yet because of harmful myths and attitudes, the LGBTQIA+ community can be the victims of gender-based violence, bullying and hate crimes. Our new info leaflet, Stand Proud, provides information about the LGBTQIA+ community, tackles myths and gives some guidance on coming out. Released on International Pride Day, 28 June. You are a unique and special person that deserves to find love and happiness!  

Stand Proud

Economic empowerment reduces GBV risk

Investing in gender-based-violence services and strengthening community and justice systems alone cannot tackle GBV. For our nation to turn the tide on the scourge of GBV, all the pillars of the National Strategic Plan for Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) must be integrated and addressed. Since October 2022, NACOSA has partnered with the Tshikululu Trust and Anglo American Platinum to implement such an integrated intervention in mining communities in Limpopo and the North West. The new programme includes strengthening of GBV services and community mobilisation and awareness, alongside a livelihoods intervention called Grow-Learn-Own (GLO). GLO provides economic strengthening and livelihoods…

Post-Violence Care Services

SR-NAC-AYP-2023-04 Bids Received NACOSA is looking for non-profit organisations experienced in working in the field of gender based violence, and with presence in the Mitchells Plain sub-district of the City of Cape Town, to provide post-violence care services as part of NACOSA’s Global Fund programming for adolescents and young people. Full details and how to apply: TERMS OF REFERENCE > The deadline for applications has passed. DOCUMENTS Bids Received Terms of Reference Application Form  

Taking services to young people

“When the mobile clinic visits regularly, there’s a lot of changes to that community, to that area, because there’s a decrease in teenage pregnancy, there’s a decrease in HIV.” DEBRA LAMOLA, MOBILE CLINIC NURSE As the mobile clinic moves through the community to its strategic location for the day, Debra Lamola, a qualified nurse, bounces about on her seat in the front cab next to the driver. Her passion for connecting with and caring for people motivated her to join a mobile medical team offering comprehensive medical services in the heart of communities. In a country where most new HIV infections…

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