2021 News

PROCUREMENT TENDER: THC/NDOH-07/2021-01: Appointment of a service provider to supply food parcels

The National Department of Health (NDoH), through its Sub Recipient (SR), TB HIV Care (NPO) requires the services of a supplier to provide food parcels to TB patients. The NDoH has appointed TB HIV Care, an SR, to issue the tender on behalf of the grant. TB HIV Care will handle all communication in this regard.

The selected supplier will be expected to supply food parcels within two districts: Cape Town Metro and eThekwini from 01 Sept 2021 – 28 February 2022 (6 months).

Potential bidders are invited to submit a quotation for the procurement, supply (including packaging) and delivery of food parcels that will be delivered to TB patients within the eThekwini and Cape Metro districts

Tender Reference Description Closing Date
THC/NDOH-07/2021-01 · Food parcels to be supplied from 01 Sept 2021 – 28 February 2022 (6 months).

· Western Cape: Cape Metro district (3131 units)

· KZN: eThekwini (1149 units)

23 August 2021 @ 17:00

The full terms of reference, including detailed specifications can be downloaded here.   Interested parties are invited to submit bids to tenders@tbhivcare.org on or before the 23 August 2021 (17:00).

For enquiries, please email tenders@tbhivcare.org by the 20 August 2021.  A non-response to questions will be actioned three days prior to the closure of the bid – 20 August 2021 (17:00pm).

Terms of Reference (Food Parcels) vGL3

Does ‘just saying no’ to drugs and alcohol work for young people


Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
18:00 CAT
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Topic: Does ‘just saying no’ to drugs and alcohol work for young people ?

Join us for a 60-minute session with our panel experts. All stakeholders including healthcare workers, abstinent and the public etc. locally and globally are welcome. The public transcript will be recorded by Symplur.

T1: Is drug use morally wrong? Why?

T2: What are some of the reasons people take drugs or use substances?

T3: Do you think rehabs are the only solution for PWI/UD who wish to be healthy?

T4: What is Harm Reduction? Are there benefits to Harm Reduction over abstinence-based approaches?

T5: What are some of the barriers that prevent youth from accessing Harm Reduction services?
CT: What more can be done to keep youth who take drugs safer and healthier?


Start your answers with T1, T2, T3, T4 or CT for transcript purposes.
Answer only after the moderator prompts. Questions will be prompted every 10 minutes, but keep answers coming using the relevant T and number. Both panel experts and public attendees are encouraged to participate.
Use the #TBHIVCare hashtag in all tweets so you are visible to others in the chat.

Everyone is welcome to join locally and globally. Our transcript will be recorded on www.symplur.com.Are campaigns that urge young people to ‘just say no’ to drugs and substances an effective strategy to keep them healthy and alive? Some research suggests they aren’t[1]. An alternative approach, harm reduction, that focuses on safer usage rather than abstinence, may be more a realistic strategy.


Substance use (alcohol and illicit drugs) affects youth around the world. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that surveys around the globe consistently show that levels of drug use are higher among younger rather than older people[2]. Episodes of heavy episodic drinking (binge drinking) were also found to much higher among youth aged 15-19 (11,2%) than the rest of the adult population (7,5%)[3].

Since alcohol is estimated to cause 3 million deaths a year worldwide and the use of illicit drugs can lead to overdose and death, many public health interventions have promoted abstinence as a way to promote health. An alternative approach that does not require that young people refuse any and all alcohol or illicit substances is called ‘harm reduction’.

Harm reduction can be defined as a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use, it can also be defined as a movement for social and health justice built on a belief in respect for the rights of people who use drugs.

Harm reduction services, for example, might ask young adults to consider ways they can make their substance use safer – whether that is using with another person present so that they can call for help in the case of overdose, or being careful to use reliable suppliers of substances, or designating a sober driver in a group so that the risk of traffic accidents is minimised.

Harm reduction services focus on keeping young adults who use substances healthy and alive rather than preventing substance use itself.

Harm reduction services do not encourage substance use but allow young individuals to make their own choices with the support of the right strategies.

While often a challenging idea at first, harm reduction can lead to behaviour change among youth that keeps them alive, although not necessarily drug or alcohol-free.


[1] Jenkins, E. K., Slemon, A., Haines-Saah, R. J. 2017. Developing harm reduction in the context of youth substance use: insights from a multi-site qualitative analysis of young people’s harm minimization strategies. Harm reduction Journal, 14:53.

[2] World Drug Report. 2018. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

[3] Global status report on alcohol and health. 2014. World Health Organization

Online Youth Month Dialogues

Youth Day on 16 June is a public holiday in South Africa and commemorates a protest which is known as the Soweto uprising of 1976.  Thousands of black students protested against an official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country by marching from their schools to Orlando Stadium. When the police responded, many children were shot and killed.

Sparking off thousands of similar protests in South Africa, this tragic event showcased the power of the youth to drive social change.

In the current era, HIV poses another, different challenge to a new generation of youth. Young people, especially young women (aged 15-24 years), bear a high risk of HIV infection, three times that of their male counterparts.

This Youth Month TB HIV Care and its sister page Young Wild and Free South Africa (YWFSA) have the following interactive online events available to discuss topics that affect the youth of South Africa today:

Event 1: Gender Based Violence and economic strengthening

Date: 18 June 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Platform: Facebook @tbhivcare

Link: https://www.facebook.com/tbhivcare



Event 2: Harm Reduction and Youth

Date: 18 June 2021

Time: 17:30 pm

Platform: Facebook @YWFSA

Link: https://www.facebook.com/YWFSA



Event 3: How does GBV affect vulnerability to HIV?

Date: 21 June 2021

Time: 18:00 pm

Platform: Twitter @TBHIVCare

Link: https://twitter.com/TBHIVCare



Event 4: Gender Based Violence and economic strengthening part 2

Date: 24 June 2021

Time: 12:00pm

Platform: Facebook @tbhivcare

Link: https://www.facebook.com/tbhivcare



Event 5: Sexuality

Date: 25 June 2021

Time: 17:30 pm

Platform: Facebook @YWFSA

Link: https://www.facebook.com/YWFSA