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What works & what doesn’t to meaningfully engage the youth living with NCD Community

The international community has increasingly begun to recognize the value of ‘meaningful youth engagement’ within the development space. Important elements include intentional engagement, levelling power-dynamics, improving health outcomes through youth inclusion within program/ policy design, and youth-led activities to catalyze action. The NCD Child Young Leaders Program plays a pivotal role in positioning youth advocates and leaders […]


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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Africa’s Covid Death Toll Tops 200,000

The 54 countries of the region may not have suffered as badly as other parts of the world — at least according to the officially recorded figures. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally compiled from official […]

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Violence all around us – re-telling the story of Nonkie

Gender-based violence (GBV) is part of our everyday vocabulary. Sometimes it’s used too loosely for my liking, sometimes it’s used to meet donor targets, or some quick once-off campaign or fancy speak. High rates of crime, femicide and GBV in South Africa are a reality and many of us live in fear each day, at […]

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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:

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Covid-19 claims more lives as healthcare system buckles under pressure

Johannesburg – The latest Covid-19 infections, hospital admissions and fatalities in South Africa paint a picture of a country deep in the throes of the pandemic. This week alone, over 400 deaths were recorded daily for three consecutive days, suggesting the emergence of a growing trend. Health experts say the spike in Covid-19 related deaths […]

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Afraid & Depressed, Scenes from South Africa remind me of Palestine

About two years ago, I travelled to Tunisia for training. All around, were the ravages of what I guess were the 2015 inhumane terrorist attacks and follow-on events. Expensive yachts have been abandoned, beautiful hotels are in ruins, huge parts of coastal areas such as Hammamet are deserted, even five-star hotels are completely empty. At […]

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