Community Health
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Division of Community Health


Academic staff 

Prof Lilian Dudley

MBChB, DCH, BScMed (Micro), MSc (Lond), FFPHM(SA)

Tel: +27 21 938 9566. Fax: 27 21 938 9166. Email:

Lilian Dudley is a Principle Specialist in Public Health and heads the Health Systems and Services Research Unit in the Faculty. Prior to her appointment at SU, she was  the CEO of Health Systems Trust (HST), and spent many years as a senior manager of health services in local government and Provincial Health Departments.  Her particular areas of interest are health systems and services research (organisation of service delivery) and health leadership and management.


Dr Sydney Carstens

MBChB, MMed (Stell), FCPHM (SA)

Tel: +27 21 938 9206. Fax: +27 21 938 9166. Email:

Sydney Carstens completed his undergraduate medical studies at Stellenbosch University in 1983. This was followed by a MMed in Community Health at the University of Stellenbosch in 1990. He worked as Deputy Medical officer of Health for Port Elizabeth Municipality (now Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality) until 2004. Sydney joined Stellenbosch University in 1995, as registered specialist in Community Health, and later changed his registered specialty to Occupational Medicine in 2006. His main interests in Occupational Medicine lie in the fields of occupational health worker training and functional impairment in the work place.


Dr Jo Barnes

PhD, MSc MedSc, BSc,

Tel: +27 21 938 9480. Fax: +27 21 938 9166. Email:


Jo Barnes has degrees in Mathematics, Epidemiology and Community Health. Her major research interests are water-related diseases, water pollution, housing and sanitation, especially in low-income areas. She has extensive knowledge of the river water quality in the area as well as pollution sources. Dr Barnes is a recipient of the Order of the Disa in 2007 for meritorious services to the Province of the Western Cape, winner of the Women in Water, Sanitation and Forestry Award 2007 for the category Education and Awareness for awareness created on contamination of rivers, winner of the Cape Times/Caltex Environmental Award 2005 for the research work on contaminations of rivers and recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Community Service for 2007.


Prof Taryn Young


Tel: +27 21 938 9452. Fax: +27 21 938 9166. Email:

Taryn Young is Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care

and coordinator of the MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and consultant to the South African Cochrane Centre. She is an epidemiologist with a specialist degree in Public health and considerable expertise in the field of evidence‐based health care.


Prof Charles Shey Wiysonge
MD, MPhil, PhD
 Tel: +27 21 938-9604 Fax: +27 21 938-9734 Email: ; Twitter: @CharlesShey 
Professor Charles Wiysonge is a specialist in evidence-based health care and vaccinology. His research interests include childhood immunisation, systematic reviews, and knowledge translation. He previously worked for the Government of Cameroon, Pasteur Institute of Cameroon, World Health Organization (WHO), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), South African Cochrane Centre, and the University of Cape Town. Professor Wiysonge serves on various international advisory committees, including the WHO African Task Force on Immunisation; the WHO African Regional Committee on Health Research and Development; the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Independent Review Committee; and the steering committee of the GREAT (Guideline‐driven, Research priorities, Evidence synthesis, Application of evidence, and Transfer of knowledge) Network. In July 2015 he was appointed by the WHO Director General as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE). Professor Wiysonge was knighted by the Presidency of Cameroon with the National Order of Valour, the highest honour in Cameroon, in the category “Chevalier".


Dr WAJ (Jack) Meintjes (Head of UIPC)

MBChB; DOM; FCPHM(SA) Occ Med; MMed (Occ Med)

Tel: +27 21 938 5054. Tel: +27 21 938 9272. Fax: 021 938 5065. Email:

Jack Meintjes is the Head of the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control (UIPC).  He as a specialist in Occupational Medicine, with special interest in biological risk factors and the effect these have on health care workers and patients.  His other interests include pressure as physical risk factor and he has a passion for the maritime environment.  He serves on a number of national and international committees related to infection prevention and control, as well as diving and hyperbaric work.


Dr Hassan Mahomed

MBChB, MMed (Public Health) PhD (Public Health)

Fax: 021 938 9166. Email:

Dr Hassan Mahomed is a Public Health Specialist at the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health and the Division of Community Health at Stellenbosch University. He is responsible for the domain of Quality of Care at the Province and is developing quality of care as a research area. He is an author/ co-author on 55 scientific publications. He has previously worked for the University of Cape Town doing research on tuberculosis vaccines, and for the City of Cape Town as an epidemiologist.




Health System and Services Research Unit staff


Mrs Charlyn Goliath

Bsc Occupational Therapy; Msc Occupational Therapy

Tel: 021 938 9498 Fax: 021 938 9166 Email:

Charlyn Goliath is a Programme Coordinator for the Health System and Services Research Unit, Division of Community Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Her expertise is in the field of rehabilitation and community engagement.





Mr Ashley Arosi

Junior Trainer

Tel: 21 938 9498 Fax: 21 938 9166 Email:


Dr Lungiswa Nkonki

PhD Health Economics, MSc Economics, MPhil Health Economics

Tel: 021 938 9498. Fax: 021 938 9166. Email:

Lungiswa Nkonki is a Senior Scientist who completed her PhD in Health Economics at the University of Bergen in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation title was "Health systems challenges in South Africa: Effective and equitable delivery of interventions to improve infant feeding and reduce mother to child transmission of HIV". Her research interests include economic evaluations of healthcare programmes, measuring inequality in health outcomes, and understanding the determinants of attrition/retention of lay health workers.

Dr Fidele K. Mukinda

MSc (Clinical Epidemiology), MBChB, BSc (Biomedical Sciences)

Tel: +27 21 938 9569. Fax: +27 21 938 9166. Email:

Fidele Kanyimbu Mukinda is a Lecturer in the Health System and Services Research (HSSR) Unit Division of Community Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. He completed his undergraduate medical studies (BSc and MBChB) at the University of Lubumbashi in DR Congo followed by an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology (2010) at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include HSSR, Infectious Diseases, Quality of Care and Medical Education.

Dr Donald Skinner

Tel: 021 938 9624. Email:

Donald Skinner is the Director of Research on Health and Society, a research unit with the Division of Community Health. Donald Skinner and RHS do research on the social aspects of health with particular emphasis on HIV, substance use, violence and TB. He has a strong interest in qualitative and community based participatory research.

Research on Health & Society staff -



Dr Neil Cameron


Tel: 021 938 9440. Fax: 021 938 9166. Email:

Neil Cameron is a public health physician with a special interest in infectious diseases and medical undergraduate training. He is lectures part time for Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University.




Extraordinary Faculty

  • Merrick Zwarenstein
  • Pat Judken
  • William Pick
  • Shaheen Mehtar
  • P Yudkin
  • P Garner
  • P Blumenthal
  • L Thabane
  • M Smieja


​​Dr Frederick Marais

Ph.D Public Health, MSc Public Health, MSc Health Promotion, BSc.Hons Sexual Health, RN

Deputy Director increasing wellness directorate health impact assessment Western Cape Government: Health

Tel: 021 938 5053/4. Fax: 021 938 5065. Email:

Frederick Marais is an extra-ordinary senior lecturer in the Health Systems and Services Research Unit and the Academic Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Division of Community Health. He has extensive international experience in public health with specialism in communicable diseases and in community and participatory research approaches for the co-construction of knowledge and mobilisation with communities.





Dr Bart Willems

MB,ChB DA,SA (CMSA) Supernumerary Registrar (Public Health)

Tel: 021 938 9816. Fax: 021 938 91966. Email:






Dr Robin Dyers

Registrar (Public Health)

Tel: 021 938 9817. Fax: 021 938 9166. Email:







Dr Blanché Andrews

Registrar (Occupational medicine)







Dr Ude Obike

MBBS (Ib) MSc (Stell)

Registrar (Occupational Medicine)

Tel: 021 938 9816. Fax: 021 938 9166. Email:,


Ude Obike is a registrar in the Occupational Medicine Division of Community Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch. He studied medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He proceeded further with a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (2013) from the University of Stellenbosch and currently is a Teaching Assistant at the same department. 



PhD Candidates

Elizabeth Lutge

Topic: "Economic support to improve TB treatment outcomes in South Africa: A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial".

Supervisors: Prof J. Volmink and Dr S. Lewin

Edward Nicol

Topic: "Evaluating the process and output indicators for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival in South Africa: a comparative study of the Prevention of Mother-to-child transmission of HIV(PMTCT) information systems in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape"

Supervisors: Assoc Prof L. Dudley and Prf D Bradshaw

Taryn Young

Topic: "Development and Implementation of a best practice model for the learning of evidence-based health care (EBHC) by medical students at Stellenbosch"

Supervisors: Prof M Clarke and Prof J Volmink

Lilian Dudley

Topic: "Improving Continuity of Care between hospital and primary care levels for TB and TB/HIV to infected pateints in the Western Cape, South Africa".

Supervisors: Prof J Volmink and Prof M Zwarenstein

Nadia Mohammed

Topic: "An investigation of early childhood carries in the lower socio-economic areas surrounding Tygerberg Oral Health Centre in order to plan a community appropriate intervention strategy"

Supervisors: Dr J Barnes and Dr E Nel


Penelope Enarson

Topic: "Improving the quality of care for inpatient management of childhood pneumonia at the first level referral hospital: a country wide programme"

Supervisors: Prof R Gie, Dr N Cameron, Dr S Graham



Amanda Brand

Topic: Microbial composition of household greywater, kitchen hygiene and accompanying health risks in two low income urban communities in Cape Town, South Africa

Supervisor: Dr J Barnes



Administrative staff


Ms Ursula Cicilie
Undergraduate administrator
Tel: 021 938 9070
Fax: 021 938 9166





Ms Anthea Henry
MSc in Clinical Epidemiology programme administrator
Tel: 021 938 9157
Fax: 021 938 916