GDC/South Africa Leadership
Dr. Ntandho Patrick Godi has been the lead doctor for GDC/South Africa since 2013, and currently sits on GDC’s Board of Managers. Dr. Roland Eddie Mhlanga joined GDC/South Africa as co-lead doctor in 2013.
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.