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Adapting to changing priorities

Harm reduction packs being distributed in Durban. Photograph by Kalvanya Padyachee, TBHIV Care

Our global partners, Frontline AIDS, have published a fascinating report on the community HIV response in relation to COVID-19 : Transforming the HIV Response: How communities innovate to respond to COVID-19 Chapter 7 features NACOSA’s Key Populations Programme and how programme staff had to rapidly pivot when sex workers and people who use drugs were displaced by lockdown. DOWNLOAD FULL PUBLICATION >   In South Africa, a significant number of sex workers and people who use drugs were displaced when stringent lockdown measures were implemented. Programmes had to become increasing agile. Many sex workers left the cities when they were…

Community Radio Campaign

ITT-02-CRS-10-2020 This procurement process has been concluded. The successful bidder is: Grounded Media (Pty) Ltd. NACOSA seeks the services of a consultancy or agency to create and implement a community radio campaign aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and GBV programming. The scope of work includes: Development of a community radio campaign concept around four themes Copywriting of 4 radio ad scripts in English Translation of scripts into Afrikaans, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, SeTswana Production of 24 radio ads (including studio production, voice over, voice usage and library music, editing and post-production) Identifying suitable community and other…


Get on top of TB

TB is short for Tuberculosis. It is an infectious bacterial disease that spreads through the air. Although it is curable and treatment is free, it is a major health problem and affects many people. TB is the leading natural cause of death in South Africa. This leaflet provides information on awareness, testing and treatment that will help us beat TB. GET ON TOP OF TB >


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Be STI aware

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or contact between private parts. HIV is an STI and having another untreated STI can make you more likely to get HIV. This leaflet is all about the preventable and treatable sexually transmitted infections you need to know about. BE STI AWARE >


Treatment on track

Antiretroviral medicines are used to treat HIV. If people living with HIV take their medicine correctly, they can live an almost normal life. But it is important to take it at the same time every day and to keep taking it for life. This leaflet explains how this works and gives tips for keeping on track with medication for HIV. It is especially important at the moment for people living with HIV to keep taking their medication correctly to ensure their immune systems stays strong. TREATMENT ON TRACK >

Treatment on track

Talking to children about Coronavirus

Our friends and partners at NACCW have shared some valuable resources on talking to children about Coronavirus. The following advice was adapted by NACCW from an article by Rachel Ehmke on Child Mind. They have also shared with us a useful graphic Coronavirus explanation for children, produced by Mindheart. We are providing this pack to all child and youth care workers on our programmes. DOWNLOAD THE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN PACK > Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the play-ground at…


Coronavirus information for communities

Please download and circulate these information posters on Coronavirus in English, isiZulu and isiXhosa. The message to South Africa is clear: wash your hands and practice social distancing!            


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    

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