#Thought Space: A Mandela Day Feature on Nomkhitha Gysman Leading Action against Ukuthwala

I first met Nomkhitha Gysman during a gender-focused Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting in 2017. Nomkhitha served as the SADC expert and focal point for gender in our region and during the pandemic (around 2020) had invited me to an incubation meeting for the Foundation she envisioned to tackle ukuthwala (forced child marriages), a […]

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Violence against women prevalence estimates, 2018

April 2021, Recommended by SC Development Consulting, Young African Scholar, Goitse Ditsele

Violence against women prevalence estimates, 2018: global, regional and national prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence against women and global and regional prevalence estimates for non-partner sexual violence against women. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021.

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Getting Help for Gender-Based Violence – Dr Shakira

Sometimes, we may find ourselves in situations where we convince ourselves that abusive situations are “normal”, and we don’t seek out help. In some cases, there are clear signs of abuse e.g., physical violence, but in other cases, it could involve someone trying to control everything you do, threatening, bullying you, forcing you to have […]


Evidence attack in public health: Diverse actors’ experiences with translating controversial or misrepresented evidence in health policy and systems research

Bringing evidence into policy and practice discussions is political; more so when evidence from health studies or programme data are deemed controversial or unexpected, or when results are manipulated and misrepresented. Furthermore, opinion and misinformation in recent years has challenged our notions about how to achieve evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM). Health policy and systems (HPS) researchers […]

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Early and unintended pregnancies threaten triple dividend

In the 21st century, the rights of women and girls over their bodies, sexual choices, and access to sexual health services, and the realisation of sexual and reproductive health rights are still determined by patriarchal systems and oppressive power. Attaining sexual and reproductive health rights remains political and in constant disequilibrium, vulnerable to politicised health […]

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How we can combat mental health stigma – by Dr Shakira

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression, anxiety and behavioural issues are the leading mental health conditions among teenagers. If you know someone who’s suffering from depression, they may not want to go about their daily tasks e.g. not eating, not sleeping, not speaking to anyone. Anxiety is having constant feelings of worry- those who have anxiety […]


#ThoughtSpace: The Plunge into Entrepreneurship

A couple of years ago, as the outside world looked on, they thought I had landed my dream job. I had been earning more than I anticipated and a lot sooner. Except behind the scenes, I was bored, unfulfilled and miserable. In fact, I realised, I had made a mistake leaving a previous job in […]

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COVID-19 Sh****** Experience Ever!

Since the onset of the pandemic, I had been COVID-19 free! Thank goodness! About two weeks ago, I suddenly felt extremely light-headed. For the first time, I had this intense “out of body experience”. The next day was met with dragging myself out of bed. I brushed it off as “working too much.” I had […]

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Cuba trained doctors to add in a long list of students caught up in placement fiasco

This also comes against the backdrop of concerns about the costs and benefits of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Health Collaboration Programme, as well as growing discontent with the level of training and competency. The 1 292 medical students who graduated in Cuba this week join the long list of other student doctors caught up […]

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