Ipas South Africa (Ipas SA) has worked in South Africa since 1995 to increase access to and availability of safe, legal termination of pregnancy (TOP) services, including contraceptive care. Ipas established partnerships with NDoH and PDoH between 1995 to 2014. From 2017 to 2020, Ipas SA implemented the Enhancing the capacity of women to obtain comprehensive abortion care and prevent unwanted pregnancy project in Limpopo and Gauteng Province.
Where To Care leverages existing human resources and low- and no-cost technologies to bridge the growing gap between patients and information about access to comprehensive health care – including essential resources for comprehensive family planning (FP), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and gender-based violence (GBV)—including those that are Youth Friendly (YF) and that offer linkage to ART and adherence support.
Marie Stopes South Africa is non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services. We are part of the 38-country strong Marie Stopes International Global Partnership, allowing us access to the latest innovations and expertise in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
We seek to impact the quality of life in South Africa by decreasing maternal and infant mortality, averting unsafe, illegal abortions, decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies through contraceptive uptake, reducing the impact of HIV, STIs and cervical cancer and expanding our services whenever and wherever possible.
In South Africa, we operate 7 centres across 4 provinces and are a Section 21 non-profit organization recognised for the quality of our clinical services and our non-judgemental, client-friendly approach. The fees we charge for our services are cross subsidised across our network, meaning centres can offer prices that best suit the communities they serve. Any surplus we generate is reinvested back into our core work, allowing us to grow our reach and range of services.
Our team is passionately pro-choice. At Marie Stopes South Africa, pro-choice refers not only to reproductive freedom and the right to a safe abortion but also the choice of when and with whom to have sex, regardless of sexual orientation.
Robes of Hope (ROH) is a youth-led organization that was established in 2021 in the sub-district of Moses Kotane in the North West province. Our primary areas of focus are sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) particularly; HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence (GBV), gender and sexuality. Our activities include activation of youth friendly dialogues and support group at the Lesetlheng clinic, where the priority has been to focus on learner’s day to day experience and challenges related to GBV, and broader sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including their rights and responsibilities.
We frequently hold dialogues and debates in our community, and visit at least one school a month. We have been very fortunate to be part of several events facilitated by mmoho thus far, with the latest one being the march against illegal abortion in the Rustenburg CBD. We have also been part of other events hosted by other organizations such as Networking HIV and AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA).
Given our scope of grass-root work within our community with relationships with several other communities and schools, we see ourselves being a great medium to further achieve the mandate of the mmoho campaign and see ourselves contributing greatly to the expanded roll-out, including research opportunities despite being based in a remote location. Our team is very flexible, hands-on as well as very dedicated in everything that we do and we look forward to further collaborating with the campaign.
Amaqhawe seeks to empower communities with information to build their capacity and empower themselves, their friends and families to eliminate unemployment, poverty, inequalities, gender-based violence and incidents of new HIV/AIDS infections. To achieve this, we create an enabling platform for adolescents, young women, girls, LGBTQI+, youth and community based-organizations with capacity building, leadership skills working towards changing the countries social ills such as youth unemployment, poverty, inequality, gender base violence and incidents of new HIV/AIDS infections.
CHoiCe Trust was established in 1997 to promote and provide health services to farm workers in Mopani District, Limpopo Province. The organisation soon expanded to support the health needs of rural community members through the provision of health trainings and mentoring to community caregivers. From this basis in home-based care, CHoiCe Trust grew in its mission to provide more holistically for the health needs of the beneficiaries; this included introducing a programme focused on the rights and vulnerabilities of children, the needs of farm workers, the training and mentorship requirements of community-based organisations and community care workers, the health concerns of patients and their family members, and promotion of HIV prevention, care and support.
Enabled Enlightenment is an organization that was established in a bid to educate, inform, and sensitize people on all issues of disability. This is done through various initiatives and strategies where the organization allows for individuals to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Emphasis is made on formulating awareness campaigns that create new ways for forging better relations when interacting with persons with disabilities. Beginning with expanding the public's vocabulary and continuous educational initiatives, Enabled Enlightenment seeks to leave no stone unturned in the plight to assist any person with a disability to have a voice and a place in society.
Global Health Strategies (GHS) has extensive experience working on SRHR issues in South Africa and globally. Since 2017, GHS has been working in the SRHR space through the Safe Abortions For Everyone (SAFE) project to increase access to safe abortion services for women and girls by advocating for a rights-based reproductive health policies and changing provider attitudes towards abortion.
Glow Movement is a non-partisan, youth-led non-profit organization that works to create the necessary change and improve the lives of girls and women in South Africa, to empower and enhance their self-esteem and to build assertiveness and skills to negotiate safe and responsible sexual practices. These include safe sexual practices as well as transform gender roles and relations between men and women and reduce Gender-based Violence. The emphasis is to protect and equip them with sufficient information and resources they will need to lead tomorrow.
The National Department of Health as an entity of the national government has the mandate to oversee basic healthcare provision in South Africa. Our aim is to improve the health status of the population through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. More importantly, we endeavor to consistently improve our healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.
The National Department of Health remains committed to providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive services through an equitable and rights-based approach. To ensure our comprehensive sexual and reproductive services respond better to all individuals, the National Department of Health in 2019 introduced new policy and guidelines with the purpose of standardizing and expanding service delivery and reaffirming all citizens’ right to comprehensive reproductive health care, as per the constitution. It is our hope that through this expression of the government’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of all individuals, that the National Department of Health ultimately contributes to the development of all who live in South Africa with regards to their reproductive autonomy.