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Mme Stori Ralepeli is Retiring, After 35 Years’ Dedication to HIV Prevention

She was born the second child of Mamokebe (Kebe) and Tlale, known as (Ouman), in Kroonstad. She is wife to Mpho Ralepeli, mother to Jabulane, sister to Motshabi, grandmother to Zodwa and Managing Director to Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care.<--break->

She retires now, after a career dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of people in the Matjhabeng and Masilonyana municipalities.

A shared belief and working towards a common goal: creating a community that's free of HIV - that's what Mme Stori (59) stands for.

Primary health care nurse. Public health specialist. Community builder. Motivator. These are some of the titles that Mme Stori has earned during her 15 years of dedicated service to the people of Matjhabeng and Masilonyana around Welkom, a tiny mining town located north-east of Bloemfontein.

Mme Stori, one of the best-known HIV prevention strategists in Welkom, will soon retire as Managing Director at Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care, a non-profit organisation whose focus is on HIV prevention.

However, it is not the end of the road for her, as she will continue to offer guidance and technical assistance to the organisation from time to time.

Looking back, Mme Stori qualified as a nurse and worked in various positions and capacities in government hospitals and Welkom's Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, where she saw a need to be actively involved with an organisation that would respond to issues arising from high transmission area.

Lesedi-Lechabile boasts a strong profile in fighting the HIV epidemic in the area. Some milestones that the organisation has attained include the implementation in the area of USAID flagship programmes such as the Brothers for Life campaign and the youth-focused HIV prevention effort, Scrutinize.