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Women’s Month Profile: In conversation with Dr Shakira Choonara

In the latest segment of the Women’s Month Profile, Lukhona Mguni chats to Dr Shakira Choonara who is an award-winning independent public health practitioner, activist, public speaker, and Operation Smile Ambassador for South Africa. In 2018-2020, Dr Choonara served on the inaugural African Union Youth Council and is presently the AMREF Africa AHAIC Commissioner for […]

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A month of celebrating phenomenal South African Women: Dr Shakira Choonara

We can look up to and reach out to so many inspiring women in our country for mentorship.  Even with our country labelled as dangerous due to our high statistics of gender-based violence, no amount of bad news can dull the shine on what South African women have been able to accomplish.  Today, we shine […]

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The Life of an Activist

Dr Shakira Choonara is a rising global icon, bold activist and 2017 Woman of the Year in Health, SA. She is an established research-advocacy specialist in public health. Her most notable and influential role to date is to be appointed to the inaugural African Union Youth Advisory Council. Listen to podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-life-of-an-activist/id1576021978?i=1000529276693

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We’re telling it like it is in Women’s Month videos

Some time ago, our indefatigable minister of health, Zweli Mkize, posted a video on his Twitter timeline which had general practitioner Dr Marlin McCay giving advice on how to take care of yourself if you have tested positive for Covid-19. We loved the idea, but also thought that it would be wonderful if similar videos could be […]

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The Networking Woman

Dr Choonara’s empathetic outlook and passion for public healthcare have been shaped by her own experience. Driven by an interest in creating systems that take the human experience into account, Johannesburg-based Dr Shakira Choonara believes healthcare should focus on a community’s social needs as much as it does on medical skills. She is an independent […]

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Global Health: all eyes on COVID-19

South Africans recently received the news that the lockdown has been extended for another two weeks. Although frustrating, it’s a necessary measure when our lives are at risk. As of 10 April 2020, COVID-19 has infected more than one and a half million people worldwide and lockdowns have proved effective in reducing the spread. “In […]

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O Bohlokwa, You are worthy

Dr. Shakira Choonra considers herself to be an ordinary individual with huge dreams and aspirations for the world! She is an African Union Youth Advisory Council Member. What do you do? I try to make the world a better place in anything that I do, whether it’s something small and minuscule in the way I […]

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