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National Strategic Plan for GBV launched

A coalition of civil society organisations are calling for a national strategic plan on gender-based violence (GBV) to include an expanded definition of GBV, filling the gaps in implementing existing laws, improved and expanded psycho-social services, increased investment in prevention and research and robust accountability mechanisms with suitable resources. In a shadow framework document released today, the Stop Gender Violence campaign maintains that if it is developed through broad-based national consultation and engagement, a national strategic plan to end GBV – like the one developed for HIV, AIDS and STIs – could be a powerful lever of change. Gender-based violence…

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National Lottery Briefing Note

Applying for National Lottery funding New regulations on the allocation of National Lottery funding were issued in April 2015 to improve the allocation process, reduce the reporting requirements for smaller grants and minimise the risk of mismanagement and fraud. In July, the first call for applications under the new regulations was issued in the Charities and Arts, Culture & National Heritage sectors. What has changed and how can organisations apply for funding under the new regulations?



Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV & AIDS

The United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals have set the ambitious target of ending AIDS by 2030. To achieve this, UNAIDS has created the 90-90-90 treatment strategy which states “the only way to achieve this is through approaches grounded in principles of human rights, mutual respect and inclusion.” The greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) principle needs to be re-examined as a critical component of this strategy.



Recognition for Home Based Carers

HIV and AIDS has placed a great strain on the health sector, resulting in new care needs and a crisis in health and other services. The Government has embarked on a programme of re-engineering primary health care (PHC) to create a more efficient and cost-effective health system in South Africa. At the forefront of this is a cadre of people, mostly women, who provide home-based care in communities.