SUPPORT BULELA VAVA & PUBLIC ORAL HEALTH FORUM
The Public Oral Health Forum (POHF) is an organisation created by Atlantic Fellow based at Tekano Bulela Vava. Bulela has often spoken of the disparity amongst populations and communities in South Africa, with regards to access to basic Oral Healthcare services. This year, POHF has decided to challenge oral health inequality by improving access to and the quality of public sector oral healthcare. POHF intends to do this through the organisation’s developmental programme i.e. build organisations capacity to support its members and communities by ensuring that service improvement initiatives are supported e.g. donating equipment, organising education seminars and outreach services. Support for the work of the POHF can be provided by donating to the organisation’s BackABuddy Campaign. Read here for more.
WATCH SIBONGILE MTUNGWA’S ACTION 24 VIDEO
Sibongile Mtungwa, a cohort 1 Atlantic Fellow based at Tekano, recently featured on African Climate Reality Project’s docu-series titled Action 24. The Docu-series, which is funded by European Union & The Climate Project, dives into her story, the connections between the climate crisis and gender justice, and how womxn should be empowered to take part in the decisions that affect their future. Mtungwa created the Women’s Leadership and Training Programme (WLTP) in KZN, which aims to educate young girls about environmental health, and the symbiotic relationship that exists between it, and our own health as well. In many rural parts of South Africa fetching water from the river is, more often than not, gendered labour delegated to young women and girls. Through WLTP, Sibongile challenges traditional gender norms, which often adversely affect the health of young women. Watch the video below.
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR RENE SPARKS
Cohort 2 Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, Rene Sparks, has been accepted into the New Voices Fellowship hosted by the Aspen Institute. Sparks, who is a public health practitioner with over 19 years of experience in the sector, graduated from the Yearlong Fellowship and into the Lifelong Fellowship at Tekano in July 2020 (Click here to watch the graduation). The New Voices Fellowship is a yearlong programme that provides intensive media and advocacy for frontline development experts. This will in no doubt align with Rene’s passion for amplifying the voices of communities.