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Combining Efforts to Strengthen Adolescent & Youth Friendly Services (AYFS)

Juliet Houghton is Country Director for CHIVA South Africa. In her latest blog she writes about our partnership with UNFPA. Adolescence is always going to be a difficult time. But for the young people of South Africa’s uThukela district, issues of poverty, rurality, and a lack of access to high-quality healthcare and education make these…

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Breaking the trend. Pinetown clinic sets the pace for positive change.

Across the world it is estimated that 10.3 million young people aged 15-24 are living with HIV. Today 50% of all new infections occur in young people specifically. Most don’t know their HIV status. It’s a trend that the Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) Team at CHIVA South Africa are determined to break. Partnering…

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Finalists in the third sector excellence awards!

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Our Youth Our Future’ programme has been nominated as a finalist in the Big Impact Award category in the Third Sector Excellence Awards. The annual Third Sector Awards are prestigious awards run in the UK by Third Sector, the UK’s leading media outlet for the non-profit sector. Since…

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CATS in Zimbabwe

Juliet Houghton is Country Director for CHIVA South Africa. In her latest blog she writes about her recent visit to learn more about the Zvandiri Programme in Zimbabwe. This time last week I was in Zimbabwe, where I spent a few days with colleagues from NGO partners (MatCH, Zoe Life, Anova Health, HIV SA and…

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Our Youth, Our Future

Manqoba Mthembu (AYFS Coordinator) and Nomfundo Gcina Mbatha (AYFS Peer Educator) from one of our new teams working on ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ programme. This is their latest update from Zululand where they are working throughout 2016. “It is important to have as much information as you possibly can as a young person. It helps…

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Transforming health facilities with The Mercury Phoenix Trust

“Six months in and some clinics have already made amazing progress. It shows what can happen when staff learn new skills, are empowered and can see the impact straight away.” Juliet Houghton, Country Director, CHIVA South Africa. At the beginning of this year, two of our Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) teams started working…

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Too much advertising for children – I’m not sure about that…

Three years ago, at Christmas, we were playing games with my family, one of which was a quiz. Those of you who know me won’t be surprised to hear that. One round of the quiz was to identify company logos from small images which displayed only a small section of each logo. We were all…

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Knowledge is Power

Manqoba Mthembu (AYFS Coordinator) and Nomfundo Gcina Mbatha (AYFS Peer Educator) form one of our new teams working on ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ programme. This is their first blog which they have written as they start their work in Zululand where they will be working throughout 2016. As we travel to the great mountains of…

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Supporting the process of HIV disclosure

Nokuthula Khumalo (Paediatric Programme Manager) and Sizakele Ndlovu (Paediatric Programme Coordinator) manage CHIVA SA’s paediatric programme which this year is working in North West Province and KZN. During 2016 we are mentoring and teaching health care workers in facilities in North West Province. Our aim is to empower them and build their confidence in providing…

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We have a voice now

“We have a voice now” Sonto Sikhosana (AYFS Coordinator) and Thokozani Dlamini (AYFS Peer Educator) form one of our new teams working on ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ programme in eThekwini. The focus of our work is the mentoring, teaching and supporting health workers to transform the youth services in their health facility. Part of this…

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