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Reducing teen pregnancies in South Africa: what works and what can be scaled up?

Reducing teen pregnancies in South Africa: what works and what can be scaled up?

Access to youth-focused sexual and reproductive health services in South Africa is challenging. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), with the Health Systems Trust (HST) and HIP-G invites you to a webinar to discuss:
  • possible actions for scaling up teen pregnancy prevention
  • youth experiences in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services,
  • sharing best practices for improving access to SRH services, and
The webinar will focus on youth voices, with participants including youth engaged in programmes, facility level
service providers and representatives from the Ritshidze Campaign (partnered by the Treatment Action
Campaign), with:

Speakers on:
  • implementing partner perspectives on providing SRH services (Jenny Mcloughlin, TB HIV Care, Programme Director: PPPREV/PrEP)
  • possible actions for scaling up of teen pregnancy prevention (Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization)
  • contributions on experiences of facility Youth Health services including:
o Nelly Mahlati from Ngangelizwe Clinic in Mthatha
o Thulina Moukangwe, Treatment Action Campaign Young LGBTQI Sector Leader, Gauteng
o Amahle Ndlovu from Inanda Seminary Clinic in Durban

Moderator: Dr Thato Chidarikire, Director of HIV Prevention Programmes in the National Department of Health

When: Monday, 19 September 2022, 14h00 – 15h30 SAST (GMT+2)

Q & A: Participants will be able to submit questions during the webinar by using the "Q&A" feature. You may also submit your questions in advance to the email



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Dr Yogan Pillay, the convenor of this webinar, is the country director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative in South Africa and senior director for universal health coverage.

He is formerly the Deputy Director-General of Health in the Department of Health, South Africa responsible for health programmes. He obtained a Ph.d from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has co-written two textbooks on global health, co-edited a book on mental health and authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. In 2018 he was awarded the Karel Styblo Medallion and presented with a certification of appreciation for leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis by KNCV. In 2020 the Rotary International Board named him a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his work on child health. He is an affiliate of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Georgetown University. In 2021 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town and in the same year appointed extraordinary professor in the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University.

Ronel Visser, Director of Health Systems Strengthening at the Health Systems Trust, has been working in partnership with CHAI to realise this webinar

Ronel holds a master's degree in Public health from the University of the Western Cape. She has more than 20 years of experience in Health Services, Public Health, and Health Management. Ronel has extensive experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and facilitated the development of M&E systems for various health programs in SA, and has assisted the National Department of Health with monitoring of implementation of National Core Standards for Hospitals, training and support of Appraisal Teams as well as Health Facility Improvement Teams. She also has extensive experience in Health and Management Information Systems including GIS and evidence based management (more than 15 years). Ronel's current position as Director of the Health Systems Strengthening Unit is testament to her extensive experience in strategic planning, finance, HR management and knowledge management.

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Dr Thato Chidarikire is currently the Acting Chief Director for Child, Youth and School Health Services in the NDOH. She's also the Director for HIV Prevention Programmes in the Department and will be moderating this webinar.

Her current portfolio includes the management of Child health, Youth and School health programmes and HIV prevention programmes including but not limited to Child nutrition, Child Treatment, EPI, Integrated School Health programmes, HIV Testing Services, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis programmes, the Condom Distribution and STI programmes and the Youth and Key Populations HIV Prevention programmes. Dr Chidarikire has over 20 years' professional experience gained in Academia, Research, Parastatals, and the Public Health Sector. Her vast experience in health and Public health covers policy and guideline development, strategic and technical leadership of HIV and AIDS programmes, conference attendance and peer-reviewed publications. She holds a PhD from The University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in Virology.

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Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization leads the work on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) in the World Health Organization's Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (which includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Human Reproductive Programme).

His work includes building the epidemiologic and evidence base on ASRH and supporting countries to translate this data and evidence into action through well-conceived and well-managed policies and programmes. He joined WHO in early-1993 and worked on HIV prevention in WHO's Global Programme on AIDS till the end of 1995. After a short stint in UNAIDS, he moved back to WHO in mid-1996. Since then, his work has focussed on adolescent health. Before joining WHO, he worked in Zambia, India and Zimbabwe for 12 years – providing primary care services (with a private Zambian company – Kitwe Medicare Center), preventing childhood malnutrition (with a Zambian NGO – Kitwe Nutrition Group), preventing HIV and responding to people with HIV (with another Zambian NGO – Copperbelt Health Education Project), setting up a regional training and mentoring initiative – 'School Without Walls' (with the Canadian Public Health Association); and funding HIV/AIDS related work – 'NGO AIDS Cell' (with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation).

He has presented at scores of global, regional and national conferences, and authored/co-authored books, book chapters, newsletter articles, blog pieces and 120 peer-reviewed journal articles:


Jenny Mcloughlin is TB HIV Care's Priority Populations Prevention (PPPrev) Programme Director.

In this role, she provides leadership, operational and strategic direction to the programme and continues to collaborate closely with funders and the Department of Health. Jenny has a nursing background and has worked in the NGO field and the South African public health system for more than 30 years. Jenny has been responsible for PEPFAR-funded programmes involving multiple partners for more than ten years, first at the University of the Western Cape, where she was responsible for the coordination of projects and budget management. In 2009, Jenny joined TB HIV Care (THC) as a site manager (Harry Gwala), where the funded project known as "Project Integrate" won an Impumelelo Social Innovations Platinum Award. Jenny has served the organisation in various positions, including as a re-engineering primary health care (PHC) specialist, quality improvement advisor and a technical lead. Jenny's goal has always been to improve health outcomes by expanding the role of community agents who work in teams with health professionals in designated catchment areas. This was born out of the re-engineering PHC model, based on a ward system started in KwaZulu-Natal.


Nelly Mahlati, is an Operational Manager in the Eastern Cape Department of Health at Ngangelizwe Community Health Centre (CHC) under King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, Mthata

Has a special passion for the Youth Zone Programme, working to support an HIV-free generation. She is a graduate of Bisho Nursing College in General Nursing and Midwifery, and of Community Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Nelly also has a diploma in HIV/AIDS counselling and a B.Cur from UNISA in Management and Nursing Education as well as an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing from Lilitha College.

Thulina Moukangwe is an LGBTQI+ Sector Leader on a provincial level for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), in Gauteng

She is living openly with HIV and her strongest point is advocating for the rights of the people who are voiceless. She also considers herself a very strong feminist woman.



1. Dr Venkataram Chandra-Mouli

3. Jenny Mcloughlin


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