Tekano Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa

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21 Sep, 2020

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Are you a social change leader with an innovative and provocative idea? Are you committed to health equity and to learning in a context of diversity of participants?  Do you want to contribute to the agenda for health equity in South Africa, the region and the Continent?  Are you up to being challenged?



Job Title: Leadership Development in Health Equity
Location: South Africa

This may be a leadership development opportunity for you!

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa (AFHESA) based at Tekano is a leadership development programme for health equity in South Africa.  It is about strengthening the capacities of progressive social change leaders to tackle the deep social and economic inequities that characterise South Africa and that impact on the health of its citizens. It recognises the institutional and systemic mechanisms that determine how power is distributed and resources are allocated It recognises that without sufficient and nutritious food, without safe, clean drinking water and sanitation, without safe and adequate housing, without education, without freedom from violence, without safe working conditions and without access or opportunity for medical care people will face the increased likelihood of getting sick and will die.  It recognises that we are constantly exposed to profit driven marketing for harmful goods and unhealthy foods.

From individual leaders, it builds a collective cohort of Fellows, creating a space for Fellows to connect action with a deeper understanding of the systemic causes of injustice; believing that an inclusive, equitable, economically productive and healthy society comes from action that addresses the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities, and equally challenges racism, classism, xenophobia, sexism and heteronormativity.

We do this through embodying an African, feminist and decolonised approach to leadership development, connecting people to their history and contexts that were developed through indigenous cultures, based on community, equality, care, and in building social relations.

We do this through building an intentional community, held by a common purpose, committed to, connecting to, thinking with and learning from one another.  Through this we encourage collaborative work and build a collective leadership ethos and approach.

We do this in partnership, in community, and through supporting social change initiatives which could take on a research or advocacy dimension or could include designing, developing and/or testing an innovative idea to solving a health equity concern.  We encourage innovative, ground breaking and cutting edge developments that can help advance the health equity agenda.

We do this as part of a global network of similar initiatives in South East Asia, Australia, Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom and here in South Africa.  Through the global, interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes, Fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems.

And through this we envision a more equitable South African society with improved health status across all populations, led by dynamic, visionary, values-based, politically informed leaders who individually and in catalytic communities of learning and advocacy articulate, convey, and act to promote social and economic transformation to advance health equity by addressing the structural, social and commercial determinants of health inequity.

Do visit the programme page on our website for more information.

Tekano is now taking applications for the 2021 Fellowship Programme. Applications close on the 25th September 2020.  Please note that we are ONLY accepting applications via our online portal.  If you are unable to access the portal, please contact [email protected] where will be able to direct you to an organisation who will be prepared to assist.

Please note that we will only consider applicants who:

  • Reside and or work in South Africa, whatever their nationality may be.
  • Have evidence of showing leadership and commitment to social justice, preferably linked to health equity and/or the determinants of health.
  • Commit to attend and participate fully in all programme activities of the Fellowship Programme, and complete required tasks within deadlines provided.
  • If employed, have their employers support for participation in the Fellowship. Written proof will be required and a discussion with the employer will be held where necessary.
  • Have an idea for a social change initiative and a commitment and passion to undertake it.

You can access the application via the following link: https://atlanticinstitute.tfaforms.net/forms/view/4821374

If you encounter any technical glitches, or have any queries please contact [email protected]  or send a WhatsApp message to 074 936 9439 to pose a question, speak to a senior fellow or get us to call you back.

For any other queries refer to the FAQs.

Key Dates for selection of Cohort 3 Fellows


25 September 2020


9 October 2020


30 November 2020


6 January 2021


12-19 February 2021

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