Letitia Rambally-Greener

Letitia Rambally-Greener - 2019 Nominee
Position: Senior Researcher
Organization: Wits RHI (Wits Reproductive Health Institute)
Current Location: South Africa
Masters from Masters Social Science (Research Psychology)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Phd Candidate
Honors Social Science (Psychology)
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology, English)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Featured as a ‘Future shaper’ by Marie Claire
    Awarding Organization:
    Marie Claire
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2018
  • Award:
    Honoured as one of Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans.
    Awarding Organization:
    Mail and Guardian
    Date Awarded:
    September 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Award for excellence in my research in Healthcare
    Awarding Organization:
    David Makhura the Gauteng Premier
    Date Awarded:
    March 31, 2018
Letitia’s work focuses on reproductive rights with a fundamental interest in improving access to sexual and reproductive health services among the most vulnerable in society. She drives evidence-based policy making and drives social transformation. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a senior researcher and academic staff member in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. My work, in the field of public health, community and social psychology, aims to improve access to healthcare services using behavioural interventions to encourage sexual and reproductive (SRH) health promotion and simultaneously address risk factors for sexually transmitted illnesses. I am currently working on a project that seeks to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis as part of an integrated package of SRH services, such as family planning, to 6640 adolescents and girls across three Provinces in South Africa. I have given over 50 presentations, published reports, text-book chapters and over 20 journal articles in the areas of public health and social policy.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am deeply dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes among vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. The inability to access SRH and healthcare when needed due to poverty and inequality means that much needed services are not accessed by those who need them the most. I seek to meaningfully contribute to transformation by driving evidence-based policy making. Using a human rights-based approach to engage and collaborate to remove stigma and lobby for law reforms.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I lead projects with strong links with the Department of Health and local civil societies. For my work I have received several awards. I have been consulted for my expertise working with key populations, and I have contributed to the National Guidelines for Key Populations and the African LGBTI Human Rights Guidelines for Psychology Professionals working with Sexually and Gender Diverse People. I am an executive member of various health bodies, such as the Psychological Society of South Africa.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

The 120 under 40 platform and grant will enhance my capacity to engage in community building, economic development, and grassroots activism with the aim of poverty reduction. Through my work, I have become increasingly aware of the need for community based and driven behavioral interventions. The grant will go towards engaging with, capacitating and empowering young women to drive sustainable social development through strategic partnerships for SRH service delivery.

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