Tlaleng Mofokeng

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Tlaleng Mofokeng
Tlaleng Mofokeng at RightsCon.jpg
Mofokeng speaks at Access Now RightsCon in 2021
Alma materUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
EmployerCharlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
United Nations

Tlaleng Mofokeng is a South African physician who is the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She campaigns for universal health access and HIV care. She was named as one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Mofokeng was born in QwaQwa.[1] She was an undergraduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine. She graduated in 2007, and worked as a medical doctor in the Gauteng Health Department.[1] She worked as a paediatrician at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and the West Rand clinics, as well as overseeing various health services.[1]


Mofokeng worked at Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Program (HEAIDS) on an educational video series to mitigate HIV in South Africa. She also presented medical documentaries for Al Jazeera. In 2015, Mofokeng joined International SOS, where she was responsible for medical care in Johannesburg. In this capacity, she served as Chair of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa.[2]

Mofokeng has focused on gender equality, neonatal health and the management of HIV. She was made country lead of Global Doctors for Choice in 2017 and Commissioner for Gender Equality in 2019. She has taken on domestic violence in court, making use of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.[3]

In 2020, Mofokeng was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.[3][4][5] She is the first woman and first African to hold this position.[6] She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Partnership for Microbicides in 2021, and serves as Distinguished Lecturer at Georgetown University.[7][8]

Mofokeng usually goes under the title "Dr T".[9] Her first book, Dr T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure, was published by Picador in 2021.[10] The Sunday Sun described how "the magic is contained in its warm, motherly, vulnerable and non-judgmental delivery".[10] She is leading the delivery of Sentable, a mobile app that supports the physical and mental wellbeing of young people in African impacted by HIV.[11]

Mofokeng is an advocate for universal health access and adolescent health. She serves as an advisor of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health Gender & Health Hub.[12]

Other activities[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – Advocating Sexual And Reproductive Health". Influential Women. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Powell, Louise. "Tlaleng Mofokeng". 120 Under Forty. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "OHCHR | Tlaleng-Mofokeng". OHCHR. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  4. ^ "UNAIDS congratulates Tlaleng Mofokeng on her appointment as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Tlaleng Mofokeng". WomenLift Health. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Avance Media | Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng Voted 2017 Most Influential Young South African in Personal Development & Academia". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  7. ^ cng (15 June 2021). "IPM Appoints to its Board of Directors Two Leading Advocates at the Forefront of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV Prevention". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Tlaleng Mofokeng". O'Neill. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  9. ^ "'Catastrophic implications': UN health expert condemns US over threat to abortion rights". the Guardian. 8 November 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  10. ^ a b Mofokeng, Tlaleng (2021). Dr T : a guide to sexual health and pleasure (Updated edition with new content ed.). Johannesburg. ISBN 978-1-77010-770-0. OCLC 1277282752.
  11. ^ "Sentebale - supporting young people in Southern Africa". Sentebale. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  12. ^ "About Gender and Health Hub". Gender & Health Hub. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  13. ^ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Appoints New Members to Goalkeepers Advisory Group to Accelerate Progress Toward Global Goals Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, press release of 9 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Tlaleng Mofokeng". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  15. ^ a b "Tlaleng Mofokeng". O'Neill. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Tlaleng Mofokeng | Aspen Ideas". Aspen Ideas Festival. Retrieved 1 May 2022.

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