FROM SA’S TOWNSHIPS TO THE WORLD – FLYING THE FLAG HIGH FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID 19

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

Lehlohonolo Motloung is a young man who hails from the South of Johannesburg in Lakeside Ext 2, Orange Farm and is flying the community’s flag high.

He is the Coordinator of the Community Constituency Front (CCF) managed by Show Me Your Number (SMYN) on behalf of SANAC Civil Society Forum (CSF) and NEDLAC Community Trust and has been elected to serve in the global ACT-A Global Covid Communities Board (United Nations) (GCCB). The announcement was made formally on Thursday, 15 September 2022. His role is to represent voices of Civil Society across Africa and by extension the Community Constituency Front (CCF) in this global body.

Caption: Lehlohonolo Motloung, Project Coordinator of the Community Constituency Front (CCF): Show Me Your Number

 

Members of the GCCB are principally representing the voices and needs of communities most impacted by COVID low-income countries (LICs); lower middle-income countries (LMICs), while drawing also on the emerging global understanding of community needs, including for the diagnosis and treatment of lingering symptoms, as well as the impact on systems of high rates of COVID.

Some of the duties required for members of the board are to hold space to ensure that information, tools, and knowledge being generated both locally and at the global level are shared more broadly. Members are also required to actively participate in ACT-A Platform discussions, regular meetings to ensure that the issues faced by communities most affected by COVID in the range of countries within ACT-A’s remit are fed into broader ACT-A discussions, in the advocacy work of the platform at every level and into the future of ACT-A.

Members should represent the voice of communities, in a meaningful and impactful way in future pandemic preparedness discussions, as they progress as well as engaging in any onboarding, training and coaching opportunities provided for individuals, to support them to engage in the most effective ways and to prepare them to make interventions.

Lehlohonolo stated that “out of all the lessons I have been taught, the one that stands out the most is always to take charge and be accountable.” These are some of the values he will carry forth during his tenure serving on the board.

This is an incredible achievement for Lehlohonolo and SMYN, we look forward to this continuous shaping of futures and influence in the fight against COVID19.

 

Article by Gontse Kodisang , Media Officer

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