According to UNAIDS, there are approximately seven million people living with HIV in South Africa (2015). More than three million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment and the epidemic disproportionately affects key populations such as sex workers and men who sex with men (MSM).
NACOSA is a network of civil society organisations (CSOs) working together to turn the tide on HIV, AIDS and TB in Southern Africa. NACOSA provides accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance, and resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly among key populations and women and girls.
Born out of a national conference in 1991, NACOSA played a central role in mobilising an effective, multi-sectoral response to HIV, AIDS and TB in South Africa. Learning from their 13 years of formal operation, they believe that when people come together to tackle community challenges, they have a stronger voice and are more effective at finding solutions. NACOSA currently work with the Alliance on READY+, a programme that aims to address the needs of adolescents and young people, and the additional needs of those young people living with HIV.
In 2016, NACOSA provided over 180,000 people with HIV treatment, care and support, and 173,813 people living with HIV and tuberculosis received integrated services. NACOSA also contributed to over 10% of the national coverage of HIV prevention programmes for sex workers.