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Unscripted, Unfiltered: Why we need a Marvel-Type Health System

By Dr Shakira Choonara, Independent Public Health Practitioner, South Africa  I find having worked the past decade in the public health space that there are not nearly enough bursts of energy which really push business unusual. COVID-19 came, and will probably go, and we still won’t see different healthcare systems. Again, Africa is set to be the […]

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Wheels of the bus go round and round: racism in women’s health organizations

First it was the claims of Women Deliver being a White Faux Feminism agency, now it’s the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). Recently, the President of IWHC resigned after a report found a work culture of fear and intimidation experienced by junior staff and people of colour. October is the month dedicated to mental health; looking at the experiences […]

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Let’s look at the Her in Heritage Day

By Dr Shakira Choonara Many of us are jumping for joy at the thought of another public holiday, myself included, but it’s also important to remind ourselves of the significance of national public holidays, the rationale behind them. The South African government has put our annual Heritage Day in place to “celebrate the cultural wealth of our […]

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In Conversation: Getting to Know Inspiring YouthLead Ambassadors

Posted By :Shakira ChoonaraPosted :June 28, 2020Updated :June 29, 2020Share As the YouthLead Platform grows from strength to strength, it has established an excellent mentor-mentee model (Advisor-Ambassador) to connect and support youth even further. As we celebrate the end of the 2020 first cohort of Ambassadors, it has been awe-inspiring working, connecting and serving as an advisor, […]

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When Women’s Spaces Don’t Deliver!

It seems to take a lot to shock us. We get shocked when we see violent and racist situations, like the murder of George Floyd in the United States. In South Africa the killing of, Collins Khosa who suffered brutality during the Corona Virus lockdown, raised some protest. Although, in Africa, we are no longer “shocked” or even bother […]

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EV Live Reporting: My Mental State during the Lock Down in South Africa

The impact, already, is devastating. Let us not downplay it, as there are reports of unethical dismissal, no pay for many workers. Those who operate taxis owe banks but will not have customers. Yesterday, I heard a heart wrenching caller on the radio asking for help because he is already faced with the choice of […]

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EV live reporting: The morning after #CoronaVirus was declared a national disaster in #SouthAfrica

The greatest contradiction of our times might be that we were told “not to panic” but at the same time we now have strict measures in place, so what is the truth here? I have to ask, what is being hidden from us, it is all not adding up, it seems… I have to admit, […]

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The powerful push for Universal Health Coverage

By Dr Shakira Choonara*, public health researcher and activist, part of the inaugural African Union Youth Advisory Council “I for one am excited by the power of SRHR activists and communities and what this will bring to the UHC movement” Having worked extensively in health policy and systems research (HPSR) and on the advocacy front in sexual […]

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We Have not Galvanised: The International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi – #ICPD25

“In many conversations, youth mentioned that they will be approaching policy makers for funds to travel to Rwanda for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), many policy-makers and civil society organisations discussed their plans for ICASA, Beijing25, … We are moving from one meeting to the next, it seems. Not sure this […]

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In Conversation with Brisa De Angulo

Content note: this post contains reference to sexual abuse and violence  “I was raped and tortured repeatedly as a child. When I broke the silence, no one wanted to help me, not the judiciary and not the police. No one wanted to take my case, so I went to law school and today I am […]

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