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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…


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


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…


Pathways to Safety

All survivors and victims of violence have a right to services. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old or have a disability, whatever your sexual orientation and gender identity, no matter where you live or your race, ethnicity, or financial situation, or whether you are HIV positive or negative. It doesn’t matter if you are married to or in a relationship with the person who is abusing you. Download our Pathways to Safety poster for help to get yourself or a loved-one get the services they need.


Rest in Power Anne Lebethe Mabena

NACOSA marks with sorrow the passing of our former board member and HIV activist, Anne Lebethe Mabena, who passed away last week. Anne had been living positively with HIV for over two decades and was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Her contribution to the HIV and AIDS response in South Africa was significant and her voice will be sorely missed, particularly at NACOSA. Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends.  

Mobile clinics bring health services to communities

The Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) will launch 10 new mobile wellness clinics in vulnerable communities across the country this week to prevent HIV and TB and provide health services to those most at risk. The units, which cost R1 million each and are funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, are fully kitted out to conduct HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infection screening and testing as well as dispensing medication and providing sexual and reproductive health services in even the most rural and isolated communities. “The vans will be useful because…

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…

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 >


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