The South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) was established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) as a strategic intervention to increase scientific research capacity through the development of human resources and the generation of new knowledge, empowering top talent to develop particular fields.

These chairs form part of the 42 chairs (SARChI-42 coined by Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor) awarded to South African universities following the latest round of SARChI applications.

All 42 awarded chairs are filled by women - an attempt to show how much progress South Africa has made (UNESCO data shows that 42% of South African researchers are women), and also how gender disparity remains a challenge to be addressed (only 30% of researchers with an NRF rating are women, and SA Census data indicates that only 11,3% of the females with post-school education in South Africa are in the areas of natural sciences, computer sciences and engineering).

Prof Helen Schneider is  the SARChI Chair in Health Systems Governance. The Chair 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 HealthRead more...

Professor Asha George is the SARCHI Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change at the UWC School of Public Health (SOPH). Read more...

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