We walked, we survived, we conquered! Learning about breast cancer

Marking October as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ is a global drive to raise awareness of this devastating disease across all races, age groups and socioeconomic groups. Breast cancer is said to be the most common cancer in women worldwide, impacting more than two million women a year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in…

Understanding unplanned pregnancies

Maybe you know or have heard of a teenager who became pregnant unintentionally. Or perhaps you have had this experience? It is certainly quite common – in 2017 nearly 123 000 babies were registered in South Africa by mothers in their teens and more than 3 000 of these were born to girls aged 10 to…

A tribute to women in the HIV/AIDS space

Yet another year passes where we celebrate and honour women of 1956 for their bravery in South Africa. On 09 August 1956 over 20 000 women of all races and ages from all walks of life marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to protest against the pass laws that restricted free movement. The pass laws…

Power. Progress. Change.

That was the theme of this year’s Women Deliver conference which convened from 3 to 6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Arriving at the venue and seeing the bright, big, bold banners citing the theme made me feel powerful. I joined 8000 other people, all of us coming from all corners of the world, representing…

#AIDS2018 conference reflection…..now back to reality

It has been a week since the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam ended.  Before I get back into my everyday routine or even plan for the few remaining months of the year, I would like to reflect and share my thoughts on this year’s conference. It is reported to be the biggest conference with more…

Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world

This year’s theme for World TB Day which is observed on the 24th March 2018 is ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world’. It is a call for people like me and you to play our part in combating TB – no matter how big or small.  TB is a curable infectious disease that can…