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TB Toolbox

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease which is carried in airborne particles and transmitted through the air. Although it is curable and treatment is free, it is a major health problem for South Africa and we all need to play our part in stopping it. Download our updated Community Systems Toolbox on TB for more information on how you and your organisation can play a part in stopping TB.

TB Toolbox

New training to unlock employment opportunities

The NACOSA Training Institute is thrilled to be able to offer a number of new accredited learning programmes (full qualifications) this year. The new offerings are aimed at providing people with the skills to get employment in the health and services industries. “With the official unemployment at over 29%, it is critical to build the kinds of skills that are really needed in the country,” says Training Institute Manager Annelie Terblanche. “The NACOSA Training Institute has worked hard to create new training offerings that respond to these needs.” Health Promotion Officer The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has…

Implementing PrEP: poster presentations

NACOSA was part of a PrEP implementation meeting in the Western Cape and helped to develop poster presentations for the meeting. The posters provide insight and learning about the implementation of PrEP. Providing PrEP to Sex Workers in the Western Cape Poster presentation by TBHIV Care Health Care Worker Insights on PrEP Poster presentation by City Health and Metro Health Services Status of PrEP on MSM & TG programmes Poster presentation by Beyond Zero, WITS RHI and Anova Health    

New beginnings

Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust’s care workers are providing an essential service in KwaZulu-Natal as part of NACOSA’s Community-based Violence Prevention and Linkages to Response programme funded by USAID and PEPFAR. Care workers like Qondeni Ntinga link orphaned and vulnerable children to care, treatment and ongoing support services. In May, 14 year-old Sipho* and his three year-old sister, Mbali* lost their mother to an AIDS-related illness and had to move over 50km from their rural homestead just outside the town of Pietermaritzburg to live with their gogo (grandmother) in Shongweni. This was a traumatic time for the children who had to…

Informer December 2019

The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference” – a fitting theme for us at NACOSA, having maintained for many years that communities are at the heart of an effective response to HIV, AIDS and TB. Read all about communities making the difference in the World AIDS Day edition of the NACOSA Informer.


Annual Report 2019

Together with our partners and network, NACOSA has developed programmes that address challenges on the ground by taking note of local organisations and including key and vulnerable populations in the design of interventions. We also use our specialist expertise, backed up by the extensive experience of our finance, monitoring and evaluation and administrative staff. It is this collective knowledge that helps us to achieve success in reaching more people than ever before with programming that meets communities’ needs. Read more about this in our Annual Report >


Tender: Mobile health vehicles

CFP-AGY-02-10-2019 This tender opportunity has closed. The winner is Mogul Medical Solutions. NACOSA seeks the services of a suitably qualified company to provide 7 (seven) mobile health vehicles, fully furnished and equipped with clinical equipment on a rental or purchase option.  Bidders are required to provide both options: purchase and rental in their quotes. The mobile clinic vehicles are needed across 2 Global Fund programmes: Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and Sex Work (SW) programmes. The description of each programme as well as geographic location is described below in section 2 and 3 respectively.


Sexuality education saves lives

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a critical intervention, shown to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, gender based violence and teen pregnancies. As an organisation working with children and youth across the country, NACOSA supports the Department of Basic Education’s CSE scripted lesson plans as critical to saving lives and supporting the health and wellbeing of young South Africans. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world at 7.7 million people. Most new HIV infections occur among young adults and adolescents, with HIV prevalence among young women nearly four times greater than that…

Supporting young women on campus

South Africa has 25 universities and 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges (FETs) with close to 427 campuses and a student population of around 1.5 million. Campuses are where young people, enjoying freedoms not available at school, learn, grow and discover who they are – sexually as well as emotionally. The risky behaviours associated with student life like drinking, drug-taking and casual sex make students more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. But there are other factors putting students, particularly female students, at risk such as high rates of sexual violence and mental…

IMpower training begins

Training has begun for No Means No Worldwide’s IMpower programme in South Africa. A group of dedicated young women from NACOSA and partner organisations on the Adolescent Girls and Young Women programme have come together in Cape Town to start the intensive process of becoming facilitators for the empowerment self-defense programme proven to reduce rape by up to 50%. IMpower teaches women and girls between 10 and 20 how to identify risk early, how to say no effectively, and, if that doesn’t work, how to use physical self-defense to escape danger. IMpower also helps boys and young men understand that…

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