Abortion, sexuality, global health and more: A chat with South Africa’s ‘Dr T’


If you haven’t heard of Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng—known popularly as Dr T—you have somehow missed her ubiquitous presence on radio, TV, social media and numerous other platforms. She’s a medical doctor, sex expert and health activist. She’s a member of the South Africa Commission on Gender Equality and was recently appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. Dr. Mofokeng is also the author of A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure. She took time from her busy schedule to field some questions from Ipas.

Congratulations on your recent appointment as a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health—and for being the first woman from Africa named to that post. What excites you most about this new role?

Continued: https://www.ipas.org/news/abortion-sexuality-global-health-and-more-a-chat-with-south-africas-dr-t/

First: Aid

First: Aid

Conscience Magazine, 2017 ISSUE 1 Contraception International Aid Trump
By Barbara Crane and Elizabeth Maguire
Posted Apr 19, 2017

A new presidential administration in Washington inevitably brings its own foreign policy agenda and fresh eyes to old problems. Often too, old policy agendas resurface, whether or not they are appropriate for current global realities. Changes are thus no surprise. However, the arrival of the Trump administration has sent shock waves through the foreign pol icy community in the United States and around the world. Long-suppressed isolationist factions in this country are coming to the fore, while the president himself has taken a doctrine of “America First” to an entirely new level.

It is early to forecast with any precision how this seismic paradigm change will play out in America’s varied networks of global engagement, including its foreign aid programs, but the directions are clear. Many observers see an unprecedented assault on the principles and values that have shaped the global order since World War II, especially in the areas of human rights, gender equality, global health and sustainable economic growth and development. Advocates for continued US global leadership must undertake the challenge of designing a broad-based, strategic and effective response.

Continued at source: Conscience: http://consciencemag.org/2017/04/19/first-aid/