Nndwakhulu- the big fight is on!

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.

Nndwakhulu- the big fight is on! Project Banner displayed in the village of Tshilwavhusiku.

Two Community members from Tshilwavhusiku who recited an uplifting poem at the Project Launch.

From left to right: John Sadiki, TsVEP Director; Fiona Nicholson, TVEP Programme Director; Chief Sinthumule, Local Chief.

Project Launch group photo, including members of the EU Delegation in South Africa.

EU Representative, Raul de Luzenberger and Masikhwa Tshilidzi, TVEP Support Services, Empowerment and Operations Manager.

Recent Tshilwavhusiku news

It takes a village – the Nndwakhulu video

Official Project Launch: Nndwakhulu – the big fight is on!

Family planning training commences in rural Limpopo, South Africa

Leading sexual and reproductive health clinician, Dr Chelsea Morroni, appointed to improve family planning in South Africa

New project in South Africa, thanks to a major EU grant