Prof Helen Schneider awarded the SARChI Chair in Health Systems Governance

The Chair in Health Systems Governance will build the field of health policy and systems research, with particular focus on health systems governance. This Chair will provide the opportunity to consolidate a world-class hub in the global south in the emerging field of health policy and systems research, complementing the existing Chair in Health Systems Complexity and Social Change at the UWC School of Public Health – where Prof Schneider serves as director.

Prof Schneider is a medical doctor, public health specialist and health systems and policy researcher who has worked for more than 20 years on the problematics of South Africa’s health system. She has been a long-standing active participant in, and commentator on, health and HIV policy in South Africa and has served on, amongst others, the board of the Medical Research Council, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Department of Health’s Task Team on Primary Health Care Re-engineering.

“We are, of course, exceptionally pleased to hear that the University will host two more SARChI chairs, not least because they are committed to some very novel and critical fields of research, but that they are filled by leading women researchers,” said Professor Frans Swanepoel, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation at UWC.


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