Health-e and Heala on the Tekano team

Members of the Healthy Living Alliance (Heala) demonstrating in favour of a tax on sugary drinks outside Parliament.
Tracey Malawana from the Healthy Living Alliance and Professor Karen Hofman from Wits School of Public Health.

Health-e News is delighted to announce that our writer,  Amy Green and civil society partner, Tracey Malawana, co-ordinator of the Healthy Living Alliance’s (Heala),  have been selected as part of the first crop of Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa.

Malawana and Green join Stephen Ngcobo from the Treatment Action Campaign and Noluthando Ndlovu from Health Systems Trust in a group which will focus on food security over the year-long fellowship.

Health-e and HEALA have partnered in an anti-obesity campaign over the past year.

Leadership for change

Around 30 young change-makers dedicated to bridging the health inequality gap were chosen among more than 100 applicants. The fellowship, run by the non-profit organisation, Tekano and supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, aims to address health inequity in a country.

“We are really proud to be contributing to the development of young leaders in the health sector, particularly in the field of  food security and nutrition, which are fundamental drivers of inequality in South Africa,” said Health-e News Managing Editor Kerry Cullinan.

Welcoming the announcement, Malawana said: “Ensuring that communities have access to healthy food, which is often more expensive than junk food, will address undernourishment, obesity, malnutrition and diseases such as diabetes. Through the Tekano fellowship, we hope to come up with creative solutions to these problems the country is facing.”


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