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Uniting South African communities

Masibambisane

When Nelson Mandela held a conference called “South Africa United Against AIDS” in 1992, the National AIDS Coordinating Committee of South Africa (NACOSA) was launched with a mandate to develop a national strategy on HIV and AIDS. The cabinet of the first democratically elected government endorsed this strategy in 1994.   As we celebrate 30 years of freedom in South Africa, we reflect on NACOSA’s journey through the years.   From the start, NACOSA worked as a united movement, pushing for better teamwork and connections in HIV and AIDS efforts across the country, encouraging consultation and bringing stakeholders together to create the…

Training Institute Comparative Analysis

CM-TI_VFM-04-2024 The Training Institute requires a service provider to research and compile an analysis report on the comparative value of the Training Institute model and institutions offering a similar service with similar intention, to civil society organisations and communities. This assignment will suit a suitably qualified service provider with a strong knowledge of and experience in training and mentoring service provision, and material development in the civil society health sector. Full details in the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION > Closing date 16h00 on Monday, 13 May 2024 DOCUMENTS Request for Quotation B-BBEE Affidavit-EME-Spec-budget up to R10m B-BBEE Affidavit-QSE-Spec-budget R10m to R50m…

NACOSA Improves Hepatitis Care

Key population Manager

“Despite the progress in reducing new HIV infections globally, people who use drugs continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV, viral hepatitis C and other health harms associated with unsafe drug use.” At the 2024 4th Pre-Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Consultative Meeting, Yolaan Andrews, NACOSA’s Key Population Manager, shed light on the state of hepatitis services within its Global Fund opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme in South Africa. The 4th Pre-CND Consultative Meeting from 11-12 March 2024 was organized jointly by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International AIDS Society (IAS), World Health Organization (WHO), the…

The Future of HIV Treatment

Testing for HIV

The Community Voices & Preparedness for New Treatment Innovations project, led by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), is all about creating conversations between HIV treatment experts and the people affected by HIV. This project focuses on a new type of HIV treatment called Long-Acting Injectables (LAIs), which are showing promise in both treating and preventing HIV.   During these discussions, important ideas came up. Community leaders showed that they need more information about HIV and LAIs, so there is a need for better education. People were worried about things like side effects, safety, and how often they’d need injections….

Neo the Health Influencer

Health influencer

“Life’s journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns, but it’s how we navigate them that defines us,” says Neo Innocent Jackie Langa, a 21-year-old with a story that inspires hope. Neo’s journey with the My Journey Influencer programme began with a simple inquiry at Childline Gauteng, where he met his supportive social worker, Lebo. Little did he know that this meeting would lead him to grow and become more confident. “I went there to just talk about difficulties I have encountered in my personal life,” he says, “as I was telling her about what I have been through, she…

Constance’s Influencer Journey

Healthcare influencer

Constance Ngobeni is making waves as a shining light in the heart of Gauteng, in the vibrant community of Winterveldt, Pretoria. At only 23 years old, Constance has become an influential figure for young people in her community, through her participation in the My Journey Programme, which works to decrease HIV and AIDS rates in South Africa through engaging, informing and empowering adolescent girls and young people.  The programme is funded by The Global Fund and implemented by NACOSA in partnership with organisations working in communities. As a My Journey influencer, Constance uses social media platforms to inform and engage…

When enough is enough

PWUD Peer Educator

Harm reduction and a rights-based approach supports public health and gets lives back on track Berenice’s journey into heroin use was a desperate attempt to silence the pain and sadness stemming from a traumatic past. “I was raped twice and faced a difficult family life,” shares the 37-year-old mother of three from Mitchell’s Plain.    Heroin became both a friend and an enemy, offering temporary confidence while simultaneously robbing her of a fulfilling life. “It numbed all my pain and the sadness I was feeling,” she says. The streets became her reality, trapped in abusive relationships and the constant struggle for…

My Journey, My Choice

We are in an exciting time for HIV prevention with an array of new and accessible prevention options becoming available including oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the long-acting PrEP injection and the vaginal ring recently approved for women over 18 in South Africa. These new tools – along with older ones like condoms, testing and ARV treatment as prevention – have the potential to speed up our march towards the end of AIDS. But as with many medical interventions, uptake can be slow and access uneven. Young people do not view their lives through the lens of HIV risk and so…

TB in South Africa: Q&A

Tuberculosis or TB is an infectious bacterial disease which spreads through the air. Although it is preventable, curable and treatment is free, it is a major health problem for South African communities and we all have a role to play in ending it. On World TB Day, 24 March, let’s raise awareness, encourage testing and support treatment to help end TB. What is the current situation of TB in South Africa? South Africa is still dealing with a very high burden of tuberculosis (TB). In 2022 there were over 280 000 new cases of TB reported and it remains our…

Bicycles improve public safety

Improving community safety

“Now, with the new bicycles, cleaning up is even easier, and we can cover more ground in Bellville and other communities that need cleaning.” Making our community safe and clean just got easier with the introduction of the bicycles in February 2024. In a collaborative effort to improve community safety, NACOSA has partnered with its implementing organisation partner for the harm reduction programme, TB HIV Care, , on an innovative community clean-up project. NACOSA recently donated bicycles to be used for picking up and disposing used syringes. The community clean-up project has been running for about a year with a…

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