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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 […]

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Youth Month: Dr Shakira on how to amplify your cause

The 16th June marks the day in 1976 when young people stood up to the Apartheid regime in South Africa.  In our generation, we see powerful young women around us, such as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg fighting for climate justice, or Zulaikha Patel standing up against racist hair policies at Pretoria High School. You’ve probably witnessed injustice of some sort, for example […]

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Achieving a body positive society – by Doctor Shakira Choonara

Body positivity involves loving yourself and those around you regardless of physical appearance. Achieving a body positive society is about encouraging a culture of self-positivity, acceptance and health among the people in our lives. Unfortunately, we live in a society that encourages us to strive for perfection instead of reality on how we should actually […]

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Global Health Diplomacy Failures in the COVID-19 Era: Surviving Denialism and Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is currently bordering close to four million Coronavirus cases, with over 100 000 deaths, the rate of recovery is close to 90%. Northern and Southern Africa remain the hardest hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.5 million cases are recorded in South Africa.  There have been a range of health responses, from strong responses to the outright denial […]

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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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