SA's top doctor to receive coveted world leadership award

Dr Tlaleng is has won a 120 under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders award.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Medical Doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng is set to receive an award at the United Nations Foundation in New York tonight after being announced as one of the 2016 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders this month.

Forty winners were selected for the award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, through public online voting, scoring by a jury of experts and leaders in family planning, and the project secretariat.

Mofokeng, 34, is Vice Chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition and runs a private Reproductive clinic in Johannesburg.

Hoping to aid developments in public health services in South Africa, she says, "South Africa is at, I suppose, a disadvantage because the rest of the world doesn't view us as third world or as rural as the rest of Africa, which means a lot of funding gets diverted to other African countries or gets focused specifically around HIV issues. I think my work is to highlight and elevate that family planning is important for young people in South Africa especially young black girls so that we can reap the rewards of having all the wonderful country laws that we have."

She is also a facilitator and educator of the youth, LGBTIQ individuals, HIV positive people, discordant couples, sex workers on issues such as affirmative consent, understanding risks depending on the type of sex they are engaged in, how to use the male and female condom and extensive contraceptive advice to enable informed choices regarding suitable methods.

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