South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy
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Faculty and Staff
Zed McGladdery, Academic Director
Zed McGladdery received his BProc in law from the University of Natal, his higher diploma in education (postgraduate) from the University of South Africa, and his honors degree in African studies at the University of Cape Town. Born in Zimbabwe, and having lived in South Africa for twenty years, he has experienced the change from colonialism to democracy, and is deeply invested in the subcontinent. His work experience includes teaching "street law" to homeless orphans, high school English (as a first and second language), and accounting and business economics. He also managed a socioeconomically disadvantaged school at Simon's Town as deputy principal. He has published on the topics of host-student interactions in study abroad and teaching racialization in study abroad and presented at the International Education South Africa Conference. He has recently volunteered with African Health Placements, a nonprofit that places medical practitioners in underserved communities, assisting with their orientation program. Zed worked with the SIT Cape Town program from 1995 to 2006 and has served as the academic director of the SIT Public Health program since fall 2006.
Clive Bruzas, PhD, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Clive Bruzas has a PhD in policy and development studies and an MComm in community, higher education, and service partnerships from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He also has a certificate in primary healthcare service management from the University of the Witwatersrand. Until recently, he was senior manager of the monitoring, evaluation, and research division at The Valley Trust, one of South Africa’s oldest NGOs. During his nearly 28 years at The Valley Trust, he gained extensive experience in health promotion, community development, food security, and organizational development, and was active in several partnership programs with institutions of higher education both provincially and nationally. Foremost among these was the Community, Higher Education, and Service Partnership Program, which aimed “to support South African higher education institutions to engage in the development of historically disadvantaged communities through the development of appropriate institutional policies, strategies, organizational structures, and accredited mainstream academic programmes.” He is particularly passionate about qualitative inquiry, with a focus on the use of arts-based approaches; environmental issues; and the often-neglected role that NGOs can play in knowledge creation and sharing.
Lecturers for this program typically include:
Dr. Mark Colvin
Mark Colvin is the CEO of Maromi Health Research and its head researcher. He is a medical doctor and epidemiologist with 25 years’ experience in the field of public health research in southern Africa. He was previously a director of the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) and prior to that worked for the South African Medical Research Council for ten years.
For the last 14 years, Dr. Colvin’s focus has been on infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and TB. Prior to the introduction of democracy in South Africa in 1994, he worked for the emerging, black trade union movement in the field of occupational health.
Dr. Colvin has over 38 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, he reviews manuscripts for many journals, and he is a frequent contributor to a variety of newspapers and magazines. In 2002, he was appointed honorary lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He has had collaborations with many international organizations including the US NIH, Wellcome Trust, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, DFID, Family Health International, and USAID, and with local partners including the Medical Research Council, the Human Sciences Research Council, the Health Systems Trust, and various universities.
Dr. Colvin designed the South African National HIV and Syphilis Antenatal Survey protocol and has been the consultant epidemiologist on several national HIV prevalence and behavioral studies among health workers and teachers, as well as on two national, community-based studies. In addition, he has conducted similar studies in prisons and in workplaces for over 40 different companies and local authorities.
Recently, Dr. Colvin completed a collaborative study on the operational effectiveness of the national Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV program in South Africa. Starting in 2005, he conducted background research and then implemented a comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment program (called ALAFA) for the garment industry in Lesotho. This award-winning program provides services to 45,000 garment workers.
Recently, he was the coordinator for a UNAIDS/World Bank five-country HIV epidemiology and prevention review project. He is currently the team leader on two large EC-funded HIV projects in the tertiary education sector. One of these projects has involved assessing the HIV workplace programs for 22 universities in South Africa and then working with the institutions to implement care and treatment programs.
John Daniel, PhD
A South African citizen, John Daniel holds a BA (1964) in political science from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an MA and PhD (1975) in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at universities in the United States, Swaziland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. He was active in student politics in South Africa and served two terms as president of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS).
Dr. Daniel went into exile in 1968 and returned in 1991 to head the International Studies Unit at Rhodes University. In 1993, he assumed the chair (headship) in political science at the University of Durban-Westville. From 1997 to 1999, he was seconded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as a senior researcher responsible for documenting the South African state's gross human rights violations outside South Africa. In 2001, he joined the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa's national social science council, as a researcher in governance and democracy and as the head of its publishing arm, the HSRC Press. From 2002 to 2006, he co-edited and contributed to four volumes in the HSRC's State of the Nation series.
In recent years his writings have been primarily concerned with issues of transitional justice in South Africa and on the political economy of South African-African relations post-apartheid. In 2006, Dr. Daniel retired from the HSRC and joined SIT as the academic coordinator of SIT’s Social and Political Transformation program in Durban. In addition to now serving at the program’s academic director, he gives a number of lectures in the transformation module and runs the reconciliation focus study week.
Professor Andy Gray
Professor Andy Gray is a pharmacist whose research interests include policy analysis (the development and implementation of national drug policies), rational medicines use (in the elderly and in relation to antimicrobial use), and the application of highly active antiretroviral therapy in resource-constrained settings. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Therapeutics and Medicines Management, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban. He is also consultant pharmacist for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa.
Professor Gray is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, a past president of the South African Association of Hospital and Institutional Pharmacists, and current president of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Additionally, he has been appointed to the Scheduling and Naming Expert Committee of the South African Medicines Control Council. He has been a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines and has been appointed as a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Drug Policies and Management. He is currently a trustee of LIFELab, the East Coast Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centre Trust.
Widely published, Professor Gray has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Social Science and Medicine, South African Family Practice, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy World and Science, Health Research Policy and Systems, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, as well as for the Health Systems Trust, National Research Foundation, and Medical Research Council. He has also been a member of the editorial committee of the South African Health Review. He has been actively involved in the development and assessment of medicines and other health-related law in South Africa.
Ms. Zandile Wanda-Mthembu
Zandile Wanda-Mthembu obtained a bachelor’s in social science in psychology and a master’s in sociology, research, and policy studies from the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). Zandile is now working on her PhD in public health. She has also completed certificate courses in good clinical practice, basic and advanced counseling, ethics and clinical trials, first aid, and basic facilitation skills.
Zandile has extensive work experience in the fields of TB, HIV, and AIDS. She has worked for the UKZN International Office as a short-term programs coordinator as well as for the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) as the VCT and post-test support services coordinator. Previously, she also worked for BroadReach Healthcare International as the KZN regional coordinator on the ART Programme and the KZN Provincial Department of Health where she was employed as the provincial TB advocacy, communications, and social mobilization manager. In this role, Zandile utilized research methods to identify the gaps in knowledge, attitudes, and practices that hindered the success of the TB program; out of that experience, she developed a provincial TB communications strategy. She later worked for PeacePlayers International as the life-skills director where she developed HIV-specific curricula for children and young adults. Zandile has also worked as a senior assessor for PEPFAR-funded projects in South Africa. Currently, she is working with the Office of the Presidency, evaluating the effectiveness of public health and social development initiatives.
Zandile’s academic interests include the social aspects of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Originally from Pietermaritzburg, KZN, Zandile is married to Nhlanhla Mthembu and has two children, Sibahle and Siphesihle.
Professor Yunus Moosa, PhD
Yunus Moosa is an associate professor, chief specialist, and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He trained in clinical infectious diseases and obtained a PhD in immunology and microbiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research interests include immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, smear negative tuberculosis, and anti-retroviral drug resistance.
Professor Indres Moodley, PhD
Professor Moodley is the director of the Health Outcomes Research Unit based in the Department of Community Health at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to joining the Department of Community Health, he was involved in drug discovery research in London, Paris, and various institutions in the United States. In 1995 he was appointed as chair and head of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the Medical School, University of the Witwatersrand. In 2000, he was invited to join the Pharmacia Corporation in South Africa as director of health economics and later also jointly held the position of medical affairs director.
Pranitha Maharaj, PhD
Dr. Pranitha Maharaj is a senior lecturer at the School of Development Studies and the academic coordinator of the master’s in population studies program. She holds a doctorate in epidemiology and population health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Before joining the School of Development Studies she was a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
Since joining the School of Development Studies, she has assumed principal managerial responsibility for the South African leg of a three-year, multi-country study funded by the World Health Organization (WHO), which included a period of extensive fieldwork, community outreach activities, and widespread dissemination of results. The rich qualitative and quantitative data emanating from the WHO project formed the basis for her PhD studies and a number of subsequent research outputs.
Over the past few years she has also successfully managed to secure additional research funding from a number of organizations including South African Netherlands Partnership for Development (SANPAD), International Centre for Research on Women, Mellon Foundation, WHO, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Maharaj has managed to accumulate many years of teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level and has also successfully supervised 20 master’s dissertations. In addition, she has been requested to examine a number of master’s and doctoral dissertations at various universities in South Africa. In 2007 she was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to carry out scholarly work in Europe. As part of the scholarship, she spent three months teaching at Linkoping University in Sweden.
Dr. Maharaj’s research focuses mainly on the area of sexual and reproductive health, especially HIV/AIDS and family planning. She is currently involved in a number of research projects in this area and has published numerous scientific articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, research reports, and chapters in books.
Professor Arvin Bhana, PhD
Professor Bhana is the deputy executive director of the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development Research Department at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He obtained an MA in psychology from the University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) and holds a PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Before joining HSRC, he was the director of the School of Psychology at the University of Durban-Westville. His areas of research include youth risk and resilience, adolescent risk-taking behavior (including HIV/AIDS), substance abuse and other youth-related problem areas, fatherhood and protection/care of children, and mental health.
Professor Bhana is a member of a number of South African and international professional organizations, and he serves as the editor and reviewer of various scholarly journals. These include the Professional Board for Psychology on the Health Professions Council of South Africa; the Global Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Education (UNESCO); the World Federation of Mental Health Experts Panel on Mental Health Consequences of HIV/AIDS; the Advisory Board of Emthonjeni Centre of the Wits University; School of Human & Community Development; the Governing Board of the Institute for Social and Health Sciences; and the UNISA/MRC Crime, Violence and Injury Lead Programme.
Professor Bhana's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 60 conference presentations, chapters in books, and over 40 journal articles. His recent publications focus on alcohol and drug abuse trends, including the role of gender in risk-taking behavior, family protective factors in reducing risk for children and youth at risk, and mental health policy issues in developing countries.
Professor Nceba Gqaleni, PhD
Professor Nceba Gqaleni trained as a biochemist at the former University of Natal. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland in 1996. His area of research was on applied or environmental microbiology. He is a National Research Foundation rated researcher with an interest in mycotoxins and indoor air quality, particularly bioaerosols and aeroallergens. He is currently leader of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School’s traditional medicine program and has been appointed chair of its indigenous healthcare systems research program, funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation.
Professor Gqaleni has also held various positions within the faculty, including director of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, acting dean, and deputy dean. He has served on various national and international bodies, including on the Presidential Task Team on African Traditional Medicine; the Expert Committee on the bio-prospecting program in South Africa under the National Department of Science and Technology; and the WHO African Regional Office’s committee on traditional medicine. He has also been chair of the Traditional Medicines Research Platform.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Durban
Language Study: isiZulu
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