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2022 Global Health Seminar Series


In the endeavour to encourage and inspire more colleagues to have their research matter, the Department of Global Health has launched a webinar series showcasing stories of knowledge to action.

How food environments and food choices are connected

10 November 2022 | 15h00-16h30 via MS Teams


Dr Lynette Daniels
A Senior Lecturer, Division of Human Nutrition (PhD in Nutritional Sciences and an MPH)​ ​

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Prof XG Mbhenyane

Head of Division of Human Nutrition and Research Chair in Food Environments, Nutrition and Health

What we know on the influence of food environment, food choices and behaviour change to impact on manifestation of triple burden of disease


Ms Thembekile Dhlamini

Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Nutrition in an uncertain future: What do we know about the effects of climate change on food and nutrition security?

Ms Vhushavhelo Nedzingahe

Junior researcher for Research Chair in Food Environments, Nutrition and Health

How changes in food environments and food systems influence food choice and nutrition transition – the case of Limpopo province.

Dr Mthokozisi Zuma

Postdoctoral fellow in the Research Chair for Food Environments, Nutrition and Health

Food production and Sustainability and its impact on food access and availability.

Prof Rina Swart

CoE in Food Security

Food security and health care needs of vulnerable groups featuring waste pickers.

Prof Kelebogile T. Setiloane

Professor of Nutrition, in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware

Nothing is ever free: What is conflict of interest and how does it play out across global health?

29th September 2022, Thursday | 15:00 pm to 16:30 pm SAST (via MS Teams)


Prof Mark Tomlinson
Co-director, Institute for Life Course Health Research
Stellenbosch University ​ ​

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Prof Keymanthri Moodley

Distinguished Professor, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, SU

Defining Conflict of Interest


Dr Naveed Noor

Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University, Pakistan

How conflicts of interest that arise from pharmaceutical incentivisation shape private physicians’ prescribing practices in Pakistan.

Prof Tanya Doherty

Scientist, SAMRC

How marketing of formula milk influences health professionals: why the global health community should be concerned?

Dr Chantell Witten

Researcher, University of the Western Cape

The real cost of free lunch: Industry influence and interference in health professions training and practices.

Prof David Ross

Extraordinary Professor, Institute for Life Course Health Research, SU

Conflict of Interest at the World Health Organization: Reflections from a researcher and ex-WHO staff member.


9th June 2022, Thursday | 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm SAST (via MS Teams)


Lynn Bust
Centre for Global Surgery
Stellenbosch University ​ ​

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Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso

Deputy Director, Centre for Global Development, University of Aberdeen

‘Voice needs teeth to have bite’! Expanding community-led action-learning in rural South Africa


Dr Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola

Director, Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management & previous Secretary General, TAC

Community participation in global health networks: HIV advocacy in South Africa

Mr Desmond Jumbam

Director, Health Policy and Advocacy, Operation Smile

Grassroots ​advocacy in global surgery

Dr Lydia Cairncross

Head, General Surgery UCT & People’s Health Movement Advocate

Enhancing the agency of activists, academics and community leaders in the advocacy for surgical care


10th March 2022, Thursday | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm SAST (via MS Teams)


Assoc Prof. Martha Geiger 
Centre for Disability & Rehabilitation Studies (CDRS)
Stellenbosch University ​ ​

Open​ing & Welcome​​​​​​     |     Closing Remarks​​​​​

Prof Gubela Mji

Director: Centre for Disability & Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University

​Professor Gubela Mji is the Director of the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (CDRS) and the founder and chairperson of AfriNEAD (African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability). Prof Mji is an internationally respected leader in the area of indigenous knowledges and their impact on health, disability and rehabilitation.
A case study of Indigenous Knowledge ignored


Dr Surona Visagie

Senior Lecturer: Centre for Disability & Rehabilitation Studies

Dr Surona Visagie is a senior lecturer in the CDRS as well as the driving force behind the Centre’s increasing body of evidence on the needs, applications and development of assistive technologies in Africa. She manages the African Community for Assistive Technology (ACAT).
Access to assistive products


Mr Luphiwo Mduzana

Acting Head; Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine; Walter Sisulu University

Mr Luphiwo Mduzana is a lecturer in medical orthotics and prosthetics at Walter Sisulu University with a special interest in appropriate technologies and community based strategies. He serves on the HPCSA board responsible for the orthotics and prosthetics professions.
Prosthetics in South Africa


Mr Mashudu Mphohoni

Lecturer: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Mr Mashudu Mphohoni is an occupational therapy lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, with a wide experience base as a community leader and educator with a particular passion for inclusive education.
Education as a social determinant of health