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René Sparks

NACOSA – Networking HIV & AIDS Community of Southern Africa  

I work as the clinical manager at NACOSA where I support the clinical component of all Global Fund programmes to Key and Vulnerable populations.  My key roles include:

Policy: Drafting of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), support with implementing clinical governance and introduction to Health related policy,support with drafting of MoUs with the Department of Health (DoH) 

Monitoring and Evaluation: Clinical compliance  

Implementation and monitoring of quality assurance: HIV counselling and testing, procurement of health commodities, 

Networking & stakeholder engagement

Capacity Building: Facilitating health related training to Health Care Workers

Leadership roles: I serve on the executive board of Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), and I have established and chair the PHASA: Civil Society HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) Special Interest Group.

This group raises awareness around HAST in local communities within schools and churches. I further serve in the leadership of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) Civil Society Forum in the Health Professionals Sector.

I believe we have many barriers to accessing quality health care but I want to be a positive change agent and facilitate for change.

Contact: r.sparks@atlanticfellows.org