Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 among women and girls living with HIV in South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact worldwide. Efforts to curb the spread of the virus are challenging societies socially and economically. Already vulnerable communities, such as adolescent girls and women, especially those in key and vulnerable populations are bearing the highest burden of these impacts. CAPRISA, the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for Research and […]

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Delani Majola: Empowering women and the tough journey ahead

Around the world, women face a multitude of issues. Delani Majola reflects on three generations of women who are etching their own mark and trying to bring about change. The South African liberation struggle, the building block for our Constitutional democracy, is decorated with examples of women who have radically taken their rightful place in the centre […]

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#ThoughtSpace: Fundraising 101

Working at the policy level mostly, I do miss on-the-ground action and interacting with patients. The short end of the story is that the Operation Smile discovered me during a One Million Youth Leaders (@1m2030) webinar last year. When I had been approached to be an Operation Smile Ambassador for South Africa, I knew immediately […]

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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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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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