In February 2017, Network coordinator, the Margaret Pyke Trust, and Network member, the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP) launched a major two year project, funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights for South Africa. The project will empower marginalised rural communities in Limpopo Province to know, understand, advocate for, and exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. By combining the Margaret Pyke Trust’s decades of experience improving knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and improved family planning provision, with TVEP’s unparalleled local, and internationally recognised expertise with vulnerable people, a new model sexual and reproductive health programme has been launched.
As part of this project, Dr. Chelsea Morroni, of Network member the Institute for Global Health, has been seconded to the Margaret Pyke Trust and is coordinating the sexual and reproductive health training at the project clinics and hospitals. We estimate that, at the very least, 12,000 community members will benefit from improved knowledge of, and access to, sexual and reproductive health services thanks to project actions. Prior to TVEP joining the Population & Sustainability Network, TVEP worked to combat sexual and gender based violence, child abuse and HIV stigma, but did not actively promote contraceptive options. This is the perfect example of the family planning impact which can be achieved when new members join the Population & Sustainability Network.
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