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North Star is excited to announce that our Southern Africa Region has been strengthened by the addition of a new, young and highly-motivated Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Thandeka Khoza. Working from our Durban Office, Dr Khoza is tasked with controlling and improving the quality of health services delivered in our Blue Box clinics across Botswana,…

Alice Opiyo was born in Nairobi but grew up in Nakuru, Kenya. After studying counselling, she started her career as a social worker with a special focus on HIV. Alice returned to school again where she’s currently pursuing a degree in development studies. She is now doing a marvellous job in her outreach worker position at…

We are delighted to welcome Ylse van der Schoot to our Blue Box family at North Star! Ylse will begin as North Star Alliance’s new Executive Director on March 1st. She brings with her a strong drive, background and commitment to our team and to our organisation. Our founding Executive Director, Luke Disney, is extremely…

  ids Fonds, in partnership with North Star Alliance, rolled out the Hands Off! Programme in January 2015. Hands Off! is an initiative that aims to decrease violence and other human rights abuses against sex workers in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. Through on-the-ground research and effective communications tools, the programme’s main goal is to reduce violence against…

This week we introduce you to Luke, Executive Director of North Star. From Humble Beginnings to North Star’s Inception Far from the warm weather and the fine sandy beaches of its Australian homonym, Luke grew up in Sydney, Canada– a small fishing and coal town, surrounded by abundant nature and well-known for its cold and…

This week we introduce you to Centinary, one of our site coordinators in East Africa. Centinary was born in Kirwa Village in a remote area of the Kabale District, Southern Uganda. With no close health facility available nearby his village, Centinary’s grandfather tragically died on his way to the hospital from medical complications. This dramatic…

This week, we introduce you to Rosina, one of our Site Coordinators in our Southern Africa Region. Raised by her mother, Rosina Ngungunyani came from a loving and caring Zimbabwean family that inspired her to pursue a career in the healthcare sector. Celebrating her 15th year as a Professional Nurse, Rosina continues to grow her…

The problem with this information age thing is that it’s long on messages and short on relevance. The avalanche of stories/advertisements/news items that wash over us on a daily basis coupled with the modern media establishment’s penchant for doom & gloom means that a lot of important information drifts by unnoticed. For example, did you know…

With news unfolding this week that our much-loved Executive Director, Luke Disney, plans to step down from North Star Alliance in early 2016, it was a time of reflection on our beginnings and the road we have travelled together so far. We share with you below Luke’s letter to our North Star friends and family,…

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