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Introducing NACOSA’s new Executive Director

Mohamed Motala joined NACOSA as Executive Director at the beginning of June and has quickly set about the task of steering the organisation through the stormy waters of a third wave of coronavirus infections. “With COVID, we all know people who have lost loved ones, income and are struggling,” says Mohamed, “But there are a lot of passionate, hard working and committed people that are quietly going about their work amidst the devastation, and not outwardly showing any of what they are going through. At NACOSA, we are fortunate to be able to create a space for people to continue…

Reimagining services for rape survivors

NACOSA, in partnership with the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, hosted the Second National Roundtable on Specialised Forensic Services for Rape Survivors in South Africa last week. The roundtable, made possible with funding from the Global Fund and Amplify Change, was the second in a series of three, and provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to come together to share learning and collectively find solutions to the challenges with specialised forensic services for rape survivors. The roundtable included a wide range of stakeholders working in the gender based violence space: from frontline workers and first responders to community organisations, government…

Mobilising civil society to tackle Coronavirus

“When COVID-19 struck we were not prepared,” says Pinampi Maano, Civil Society Forum Chairperson and Co-Chair to the Premier at the North West Provincial AIDS Council. “No-one was prepared and everyone jumped up and in the process we almost forgot about HIV and TB. Let’s ensure we integrate the screening and testing of COVID-19, HIV and TB. These are the triple threats to our country’s health care system.” “To all the chronics, the impact has been very severe. People have struggled to get their medication, because of lockdown and a lack of clarity around accessing health facilities. Also the issue…

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.

IMPACT OF COVID ON YOUNG WOMEN

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…

NUTRITION ADVICE

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

COVID-19 FOR COMMUNITIES

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…

COVID-19 FOR CHILDREN

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