Global Shapers of UKZN Spearhead Health Awareness Drive

Mr Clement Agoni, a PhD student under the supervision of Pharmaceutical Chemistry’s Professor Mahmoud Soliman, and Medical School alumnus, Dr Thandeka Maphumulo, spearheaded a health awareness drive at the Umlazi U21 Clinic on 24 June.

The initiative, which was part of Men’s Health Month, National Blood Donor Month, and Youth Month all commemorated in June – attracted more than 300 participants.

eThekwini Municipality, the South African National Blood Services, Marie Stopes, Pink Drive, the Merebank Clinic, Umndeni Skincare Petroleum Jelly, and Lancet Laboratories were among the many non-profit organisations that offered their services at no cost. These included cervical cancer and breast cancer screening, blood sugar tests for diabetes, sexual health education, HIV screening and general medical consultations.

The event raised awareness about prevalent but preventable health conditions. Outreach programmes are an effective way to reduce the disease burden.

The health awareness drive was one of numerous projects undertaken by the Global Shapers Durban Hub to drive change in communities within eThekwini Municipality. Its members are committed to building a community of change agents that learn together and have a positive impact in society.

Founded by the World Economic Forum ( in 2011, the Global Shapers Community ( is a network of young leaders working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 8 000 members, the network spans 400 city-based hubs in 165 countries. In each city, Shapers create initiatives to meet the needs of their community whether responding to disasters, fighting climate change or combating poverty. The Durban Hub ( is one of the many hubs across the globe.

Words: Lihle Sosibo