South Africa: GENDER DRIVER OF CHANGE APPLICATION


Date: June 20, 2019
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Name PEDRO NADINE
Surname MEYER
Country South Africa
Give a short history of the leader Sister Meyer, as child, experienced her own challenges as she grew up without knowing her biological father – she was raised by her grandparents and at the age of eight(8) my grandmother died and  her grandfather took care of her until 11 years old after which she was forced to go and live with her mother and stepfather.With a stepfather, having a substance abuse problem, she was exposed to emotional abuse as he would lock her out of the house when he was drunk and even belittling her, reminding her that she is not his child. The feeling of rejection, not worthy and being dependent was part of her daily life.

Knowing this, she developed a special place in her heart for child headed households and vulnerable people. She wants to be there for those in need, as she knows how it feel to be vulnerable , needing assistance and don’t get any help. Working in nursing, she always know that she wants to work in her community and focussed in Psychiatric Nursing. This was a stepping stone for her work in the community.

Objectives The purpose of Sr Meyer life, is bring happiness and growth to her household, her community ,her organization and all within her influence, while living a rich and abundant life of integrity, which is her definition of success. Living correctly with  principles is the center of her life, from which she sees solutions to life’s many demands.
Key activities As CBS Coordinator, I’m responsible to do the following:Provide assistance to NPO’s (administrative, soft skills, conflict resolution)
Provide assistance in the writing of funding proposals
Co-ordinating all services in regards to health and arranging projects, interventions to address the NSP 2017-2022.
Being the liasion officer between Old Age Homes, Palliative and Sub-acute Centre.
Represent the Department of Health at all community structures
Responsible to provide training on the HBC
To act as project manager in the field
Key challenges As an individual the focus is to have an inter secretarial approach to services. The challenge is that some organisations or staff, wants to take the lead, being the main focus and loose then focus on the service needed. (Working as a collective, and not taking created as an individual)Being the middleman, she needs to intervene and refer several situations to different Departments. As the information is confidential, the challenge is to obey legislation, but to be transparent in the same breath.

Sponsors cut on funding, results in sustainable programs – a working instrument, to be changed to fit into the budget constraints.

Results

Change at the individual level Instead of looking with blinkers, I have the ability to look broader. I think working in the field, I realized that inter departmental mainstreaming is necessary to be able to meet the overall objectives of gender mainstreaming. Sometime, you need to step back to be able to step into the situation. Having the ability to putting yourself in the shoes of the next persons. Looking to situation out of the scope of DOH, versus NPO, made it possible for me to make a linkage and meet each other halfway.
Evidence of change at the individual level Rita Kayster :
“Die feit dat suster Meyer blootstelling gekry het by die vorige Gender Links summit en deel was van verskeie inisiatiewe, dra beslis by tot die feit dat sy meer simpatiek is en meer perspektief het rondom die uitdagings wat die gemeenskap beleef en ook organisasies. Sy kyk nie uit ‘n klinieke Gesondheidsaspek na ons programme nie, maar plaas haarself in die skoen van die pasient of organisasie. Deur dit, maak sy vir ons die lewe makliker aangesien sy opstaan vir die uitdagings en die korrekte beeld van die probleem kan deurgee aan haar Departement”
Change at the household level Taking my background and feeling of rejection into account, it gave me more confidence, when realizing that the situation changed as the family is now turning towards me for assistance and guidance . I’m no longer the insecure girl child, but a women that can influence my family to get a positive outcome.
Evidence of change at the household level Kayline Cameron ” Aunt Pedro is vir ons familie die persoon wat die konfliksituasies, probleme en uitdagings in perspektief kan plaas en vir ons op ‘n narratiewe manier, kan help om die situasie in die regte lig te sien, en ons sodoende help om die nodige besluite te neem – nie ten opsigte van ‘n onmiddellike uitweg nie, maar gefokus op ‘n langtermyn oplossing vir die familie”
Change at institutional level Deonette Lamprecht
Dit was vir my so lekker om elke dag na George Road Kliniek toe te gaan en daar te gaan werk. Ek kon die telefone antwoord en help om afsprake in die boek te skryf en die leêrs van die pasiente te trek. Vir die eerste keer het ek gevoel dat ek ook ‘n verskil in iemand anders se lewe maak.
Evidence of change at institutional level Deonette Lamprecht
Dit was vir my so lekker om elke dag na George Road Kliniek toe te gaan en daar te gaan werk. Ek kon die telefone antwoord en help om afsprake in die boek te skryf en die leêrs van die pasiente te trek. Vir die eerste keer het ek gevoel dat ek ook ‘n verskil in iemand anders se lewe maak.
Change at a policy level Having no policy is a policy itself. A formal TOR and five year action plan were adopted not only in the Mossel Bay Local Aids Council, but also within the IDP of the Municipality.
Evidence of change at a policy level Edward Jantjies – Director Corporate Service Mossel Bay Municipality

The Mossel Bay Local AIDS Council is unique in its model as it is customised for the needs of Mossel Bay. The ability to network and form partnerships not only with private and public sector, but also the Tourism Industry, Business Chamber and residents ensure that the community of Mossel Bay is recognising, respecting and trusting the structure that is the accountable body to drive programs in the field of HIV/AIDS and TB.

Within this structure the Piet Julies AIDS Action Group plays a huge role, as Civil Society, they are the driving force in implementing programs focussed on:

• Community-based Prevention, Care and Treatment
• Vulnerable Children
• Sexual Reproductive Health Services
• Early interventions
• Nutritional Support

The mentorship, transfer of skills and assistance from the Piet Julies Offices, Team workers, Home Base Care Workers and project leaders, is creating a directive and guideline for all organisations, new entities and volunteers in the community.

As it is part of the Mossel Bay Municipality Integrated Development Plan, it ensures that HIV/AIDS and TB will always form part of the Agenda of all opportunities in Mossel Bay.

Capacity building Project Management
Nursing Training
Peer Education Training
Lessons learned and shared Networking and mainstreaming of Gender, can be seen as siblings. To be able to mainstream gender, you need to be able to draw all resources together. It is a process of building relationships, building trust and focus on a partnership to create change together.
Next Steps The MLAC structure needs to be registered as a NPO so that sufficient funding could be applied for to address not only the HIV and SRHS problems, but also the focus on Human Rights.