Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa

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The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa programme aims to inspire and sustain the changes South Africa needs to bridge the enormous gulf between rich and poor and build a healthier nation.

The programme is driven by the vision of a South Africa in which all people enjoy better health and well-being. To achieve it, the country needs bold leaders to tackle the severe social and economic inequities that determine the health of individuals, communities and populations.

Fellows mobilize to address the root causes of inequity to secure lasting improvements in health outcomes for all.

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The Programme

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa programme offered by TEKANO, selects up to 30 fellows each year to participate in a programme of learning and experience that will enhance their ability to inspire and secure progressive social change.

The programme delivers:

  •  20 to 30 Fellows annually
  •  12-month non-residential program with 6 in-person modules of 5 days each (described below)
  •  Courses at multiple locations throughout South Africa, including Eastern and Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng
  •  Opportunities for continued community, collaboration and access to resources to support Fellows and their work.

 

The 2017-2018 Fellows Programme thus far had three modules that addressed several themes/aspects regarding health equity. These may change each year as needs be, based on collective learning, context or our focus at the time.

 
 

Module 1: Building collective leadership for change 

This module aims to explore the identity of activist leaders within the socioeconomic and political context of the struggle for social justice in South Africa. In it, they are encouraged to develop historical perspectives on oppression, be it through race, class and gender, and to explore how power inequities shape South Africa’s present-day challenges of unemployment, underemployment, access to education and other social services, land reform, spatial segregation and gender-based violence, amongst others. A field visit to the Apartheid Museum grounds the exploration of context in this module.

They consider who they are as a collective, brought together by a common commitment to act to strengthen social justice. They have the opportunity to tell their personal life stories and the choices that have brought them thus far in their journeys towards leadership and activism. They then identify the leadership qualities and competencies required in government and civil society at the moment, and through this, shape their own leadership development agenda.

As they build their community, they equip themselves with creative expression, communication skills and collective and individual self-awareness. They will learn to trust each other and hopefully have fun in the process.

 

Module 2: Nutrition and Food Security

This module is focused on the issue of nutrition, food and food systems and uses this topic to acquaint you with the “social determinants (SDH) of health and health equity” We hope that this module will provide you with principles and frameworks to better understand SDH and how they relate to health inequities.

We also introduce in this module the complexities of globalization and how it impacts on our food environment and food choices and thus our health. We offer some suggestions of policy actions and the roles you might play individually and collectively in these.

 

Module 3: Health and Health Systems

Health is one of the most complex development goals to achieve. An analysis of the causes of ill-health in South Africa immediately exposes inequities in living and working conditions and, underlying this, injustice operating through historically entrenched systems of political and economic power and social relations. As described in Module 2, health is much more than an outcome of biological and behavioural factors; there are profound structural and social determinants which impact on health and wellbeing at an individual and population level. These structural and social determinants require coordinated work across many sectors and across different levels of state and societal organisation (local, national, global). Hence advocacy initiatives within government and civil society and across sectors and levels need to join together to bring about the improved health we desire for all.

 

2017 Atlantic Fellows at TEKANO 

 Duduzile Dlamini

Duduzile Dlamini

 Thami Nomathamsanqa Dolopi

Thami Nomathamsanqa Dolopi

 Michelle Du Toit

Michelle Du Toit

 Siphokazi Dyani 

Siphokazi Dyani 

 Zanele Ntombizanele Figlan

Zanele Ntombizanele Figlan

 Vuyokazi Gonyela

Vuyokazi Gonyela

 Thania Gopal

Thania Gopal

 Amy Green

Amy Green

 Thamsanqa Hamilton Hukwe

Thamsanqa Hamilton Hukwe

 Shehnaz Munshi

Shehnaz Munshi

 Mafoko Phomane

Mafoko Phomane

 Carina Truyts

Carina Truyts

 Luqman Yesufu

Luqman Yesufu

 Khululwa Jampo

Khululwa Jampo

 Shannon Morgan

Shannon Morgan

 Bernard Mutsago

Bernard Mutsago

 Kentse Radebe

Kentse Radebe

 Kodwa Mpepho Tyiso

Kodwa Mpepho Tyiso

 Lance Louskieter

Lance Louskieter

 Thokozile Mtsolongo

Thokozile Mtsolongo

 Lindi Mzankomo

Lindi Mzankomo

 Tinashe T. Njanji

Tinashe T. Njanji

 Wendy Somlavi

Wendy Somlavi

 Bulela Vava

Bulela Vava

 Tracey Malawana

Tracey Malawana

 Sibongile Mtungwa

Sibongile Mtungwa

 Noluthando Ndlovu

Noluthando Ndlovu

 Lena Stofile

Lena Stofile

 Nikki Vermeulen

Nikki Vermeulen

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