South Africa

South Africa

GDC/South Africa Leadership

Dr. Ntandho Patrick Godi has served as GDC/South Africa’s lead doctor  since 2013.  Also in 2013, Dr. Roland Eddie Mhlanga joined GDC/South Africa as co-lead doctor.   In 2017 Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng joined as co-lead doctor and Dr. Mhlanga transitioned into a mentor role.

GDC/South Africa is supported by an Advisory Committee of nine professionals active in fields ranging from medicine and public health to law, bioethics and education.

HIVOS serves as fiscal sponsor for GDC/South Africa.

For more information, see our Lead Doctor Profiles and Advisory Committee page.

Recent Highlights from GDC/South Africa

Thanks to support from Mediteam Trust, GDC/South Africa is working to expand the availability of mifepristone-misoprostol medical abortion in the public sector. Our current focus is on the Mpumalanga province.

  • GDC/South Africa’s project targets three groups of health care professionals that provide reproductive health care services: maternal, child and women’s health coordinators (MCWH); public hospital doctors and reproductive health nurses; and South African Medical Association (SAMA) physicians and general practitioners. Members of these groups are ideally placed to advocate for the expansion the availability of medical abortion because:
    • MCWH coordinators design and oversee women’s health services in the public sectors.
    • The doctor-nurse teams are decision makers for clinical services and responsible for implementation in their respective hospitals.
    • The SAMA members not only provide clinical services but are instrumental in forging local medical society policy.
  • Over the course of 2015-2016, GDC will engage trainees from these three groups in the Mpumalanga province in a series of advocacy trainings specific to the expansion of the availability of medical abortion, and will help them to work together to complement each other’s efforts in a coordinated campaign.
  • In July of 2015, GDC/South Africa held a meeting of its Advisory Committee to finalize an action plan for the project.