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By Wezi Nyirongo As countries take stock of efforts aimed at ending gender violence (GBV) during the Sixteen Days of Activism, a close up on Malawi shows that this country has a long way to go to eradicate the GBV, gender inequality and other social inequalities what weigh heavy on women's shoulders. Despite Malawi's Domestic Violence Act and legislation on sexual harassment, gender violence persists due to lack of implementation, missing legislation and contradictory laws that negatively impact on women's rights.
Programme Director, Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Acting Premier of Free State, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, MECs and Mayors, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang and Representatives of development partner organisations, SANAC Deputy Chairperson, Mmapaseka Letsike, Ladies and gentlemen,   We gather here on World AIDS Day to reaffirm our determination to work together to overcome this global epidemic. We remind ourselves of the devastating effect that AIDS has had on communities and societies.
Step-up Shoe Drive is a project meant to help alleviate some of the socio-economic hardships experienced by children affected and infected by HIV. The aim is to ensure that these children get the primary basic needs to help keep them in school so that they can get a quality education to better the chances of survival in future. This project was initiated by Dr Sinah Vlug, the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) clinical mentor and team leader of the Tshwane North-West Sub-districts roving team.
The FPD SHIPS Department was established in 2012 to draw from the expertise developed by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Fellowship Programme in successfully transitioning students from academia to the workplace.
Mom connect is a National Department of Health initiative for registering a pregnancy. The programme is a cell-phone based application for easy accessibility. Pregnant women can register themselves, or be registered by either a community health worker or at a facility by a healthcare professional. After registering, the women receive regular free messages to keep them updated about the stages of their pregnancy, get reminded about routine medical follow ups that help them to better understand and use healthcare services.
The Global Health for Social Change Internship programme (GHSC) is an unpaid field placement programme that offers an opportunity for students to be embedded with a local or international public health NGO – while experiencing total cultural interest by living with a host family.
The latest version of the disability directory of South Africa has recently been released. Thanks Keith Richmond for the efforts that go into this. Click here to download your copy.
Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.  
After a decade leading national and international non-governmental organisations, I chose to contribute differently through leadership coaching. I am inspired to occupy a space where I can get alongside leaders as a catalyst. As the development sector continues to respond to worldwide changes, along with the business world, coaching emerges as a stronger alternative to leadership training. The pressure to professionalise and apply creative leadership to sustain work is more critical than ever.

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