Dr Ziyanda Vundle
Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: MBCHB, MMed, FCPHM
Tel: +27 21 483 4429
Dr Ziyanda Vundle is a specialist in Public Health Medicine; with special interests in Health Systems Management, Social Determinants of Health, and Non-communicable diseases epidemiology and control. She is a specialist within the Western Government: Health, providing public health technical expertise to the portfolios of Quality Assurance, Occupational Health and Infection prevention and control; jointly appointed as a senior lecturer in the Division of Health Systems and Public Health.
Dr Juliet Nyasulu
Qualifications: MPH, PhD
Tel: +27 21 938 9375
Dr Juliet Nyasulu is a Health system-strengthening technical expert with over 25 years' experience working the African health systems including in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and sub-Saharan Africa. She has a PHD in Public health with focus on health systems strengthening through quality assurance. In Malawi between 1995-2006 she worked for the Ministry of Health as a matron, OXFAM GB as a nutrition program manager and GOAL Ireland as an HIV program manager. In South Africa, Dr Nyasulu has worked as a senior lecturer at University of Witwatersrand, Health Systems Technical Advisor at Health Systems Trust (HST) and HIV Project Manager at Wits Health Consortium. Whist HST, Dr Nyasulu facilitated the establishment of the South African Coalition for Women, Adolescents and Child Health (SACSOWCH) was the first co-Chair in 2015. Her research passion is around access to basic and essential health services and at present she is a principle investigator on three research projects titled; Maintaining Maternal and Child Health essential services during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A call to strike the health systems balance (Funded by Medical Research Council (MRC), Access and adherence to HIV services by children in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era in the City of Johannesburg (COJ) (Funded by National Research Fund) and Trends in immunisation uptake in South Africa. Currently Dr Nyasulu is with Division of Health Systems and Public Health, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University, and she serves as a National Certification Committee (NCC) Chair for RSA overseeing the polio eradication initiatives for the country.
Dr Annibale Cois
Qualifications: MEng, MPH, PhD
Dr Annibale Cois is an Epidemiologist and Biostatistician.
His background includes Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering (University of Cagliari, Italy) and Public Health (University of Cape Town), and a PhD in Public Health (University of Cape Town).
His current research interests focus primarily on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and associated risk factors in low- and middle-income countries and the application of advanced statistical methods for the joint analysis of multiple heterogeneous data sources.
Recent works include the application of latent variables techniques to the estimation and modelling of measurement error in anthropometric characteristics in large-scale surveys; the joint analysis of multiple datasets to recover long-term trends in blood pressure, body mass index and other cardiovascular risk factors; the study of seasonal patterns of cardiovascular risk factors in the South African population and their socioeconomic correlates; the application of Bayesian estimation methods for the study of population pattern of alcohol consumption.
He holds an honorary position as a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health of the University of Cape Town.
Ms Lynn Hendricks
Qualifications: BSc Psychology; MA Research Psychology; MSc Clinical Epidemiology
Tel: +27 21 938 9206
Ms Lynn Hendricks is a Research Psychologist and Epidemiologist who holds a BSc Psychology from Freed-Hardeman University, United States, a dual MA Research Psychology degree from the University of the Western Cape and Oslo University, and an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from Stellenbosch University. She is an executive member for the Psychological Society of South Africa and engages in promoting the decolonisation of research methods in academia. She is involved in teaching, mentoring, designing, and conducting qualitative systematic reviews and knowledge translation. Her research interests include arts based research methods, academic activism, participatory community research, the psychological effect of climate change, and qualitative evidence synthesis. She is currently a joint PhD Global Minds Scholar between Stellenbosch University and the Qualitative Inquiry Team, Centre for Sociological Research at KU Leuven, Belgium.
Ms Stacey Blows
Qualifications: MA Psychology
Tel: +27 21 938 9569
Ms Stacey Blows is a psychology graduate who is focused on promoting and maintaining the overall health and well-being of marginalised and underserved communities through the prevention and treatment of disease across the entire lifespan. She intends to contribute to the improvement of systems that promote and maintain individuals' health and well-being.
Moreover, Ms Blows seeks to develop innovative frameworks to highlight the importance of eliciting community views when developing targeted interventions, and the absolute need to adopt a bottom-up approach to disease prevention in communities. She promotes people-centred health services that consciously adopts the perspectives of individuals, families and communities, and sees them as participants as well as beneficiaries of trusted health systems that respond to their needs and preferences in humane and holistic ways.