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Moalosi Dhlamini

Moalosi Dhlamini - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor
Organization: Department of Health
Current Location: South Africa, Africa
MBBCh from University of the Witwatersrand
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certified safe abortion provider and trainer, MSF and Department of Health
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Performing Medical Officer, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department - 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital
    Date Awarded:
    December 15, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Medical Officer in the OBGYN department , delivery of health care, supervision of medical staff, planning and outreach; medical and health issues to marginalized communities, gender minorities, migrants, sex workers, people living with HIV, TB – Elna McIntosh, Clinical Sexologist at DISA Health Care
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I’ve used my social media presence to educate on family planning: individual suitable options, medical concerns, emergency contraception and where to access the service.

I educate staff in my Obstetrics and Gynaecology department on counselling and provision of suitable contraceptive options, particularly intrauterine contraceptive devices.

I also train students that rotate in our department on contraception.

There has been a significant increase in the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices in the department, as the staff, particularly intern medical officers, are becoming confident in offering the option.

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What sparked your passion for family planning?

Part of my work is activism for safe abortions, as part of combating the scourge of unsafe abortion which are still prevalent in our country despite safe abortion being available for free in the public health sector.

Family planning plays a particularly important role in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Educating and empowering men and women on family planning helps to achieve that.

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

I run the sexual and reproductive health services at my place of work which includes family planning.

I’m considered one of the important voices on sexual and reproductive health on social media, particularly Twitter in South Africa. I use this platform to educate on issues relating to family planning.

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 platform would me allow me to form networks with leaders in the field, so that I can learn from them on how I can improve on my work.

This grant will help me to access deep rural areas where information on family planning seldom reaches. This grant will help to kick start a project primarily focusing on educating women in remote areas. If I can start the project and display significant change, it would be easier to access funding from other sources.

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