Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Division of Medical Ethics & Law



​REDSSA Core ​Team

The REDSSA research team is made up of a multi-national network of data scientists, bioethicists, legal experts, academics and administrative staff. The bioethics consortium includes representation from all over sub-Saharan Africa including Cameroon, eSwatini, Ethiopia, ​Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.​


Professor Keymanthri Moodley​​

Keymanthri Moodley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of​ Medical Ethics and Law (DMEL), Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Keymanthri is a specialist family physician, bioethicist and has served as a Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials. In 2017, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), USA. Additionally, Professor Moodley is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf) and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is an NRF-rated researcher and has served on the SAMRC Board, the NHREC and in international organisations: WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS), NIH DSMBs and the WHO SAGE Ebola Working Group. The DMEL was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics in 2019 by the WHO. Professor Moodley serves as Principal Investigator for the REDSSA project.


​​Professor Stuart Rennie

Stuart Rennie is an Associate Professor in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill (USA), Core Faculty at the UNC Bioethics Center and Extraordinary Professor in Medicine at Stellenbosch University. He obtained his Masters in Anthropology and PhD in philosophy from Leuven University (Belgium). A member of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Ethics Working Group, he is currently an investigator in projects on the ethics of HIV research with pregnant adolescents, decision-making in HIV cure trials, and the use of HIV DNA for public health surveillance. Professor Rennie’s current teaching and research interests focus on research ethics, public health ethics and medical ethics in developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Rennie serves as co-Principal Investigator for the REDSSA project. ​


Nezerith Cengiz​​​

Nezerith Cengiz is a ​​lecturer and bioethics graduate presently working as a researcher on the REDSSA project at the Division of​ Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. She completed her MSc (Med) in Bioethics and Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation focused on artificial intelligence (AI) in health care and virtue ethics. Other resea​rch-related interests include the ethics of xenotransplantation. Nezerith has also worked in research in the fields of vascular surgery, ophthalmology​​ and data science. She has served as a Research Ethics Committee (REC) member on the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa and the Stellenbosch Health REC. 


Professor Sharon Kling

Sharon Kling is an emeritus associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University. She is a past president of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA). She is a member of both the Clinical Ethics Committee at Tygerberg Hospital and the Undergraduate Research Ethics Committee of the FMHS. She holds an MPhil in Applied Ethics and is currently completing her doctorate, which critically examines the work of clinical ethics committees in South Africa. She serves as a co-investigator for the REDSSA project.


Qunita Brown

Qunita Brown completed her undergraduate studies (BA Degree) and postgraduate studies (Honours Psychology) and (Masters Research Psychology) (Cum Laude) at the University of the Western Cape. Ms Brown has a background working in research in the fields of crime and violence prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. She currently serves as a senior research assistant on the REDSSA project.

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George Rugare Chingarande​

​​​George Rugare Chingarande was a Visiting Fellow in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of Bioethics. He holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience with a graduate minor in Applied Statistics (2021) from the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA) and a Master of science degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2021), a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from DeMonfort university (UK), a BTech degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Additionally, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health research ethics from Stellenbosch University (South Africa), a Diploma of the College of Radiographers in Radiation Therapy (UK) and a graduate certificate in Science and Technology of Nuclear and Biological Counter terrorism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, certificate in Global Health (Dundee University-Scotland) and certificate in radiation protection from the University of Brussels (Belgium). Prior to joining the NIH, he was a Fulbright Science and Technology Fellow at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His interests are in Global Health Ethics, Research Ethics and Public Health Ethics​.

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Rozetta Davids

Rozetta Davids has over 20 years of Reception and Administrative experience and currently serves as an administrative assistant at the division. Her past working experience includes the role of a claim's assessor at Medscheme and Metropolitan. Her most recent role as a Receptionist and Admissions clerk at the Cape Eye Hospital.


Celeste Youle

Celeste Youle has over 15 years of administrative experience​ and currently serves as an administrative assistant for the REDSSA project. Her past working experience includes the role of an administrator for the South-to-South Department of Pediatrics at Stellenbosch University and her most recent role as a program assistant for Family Health International. 


Anele Abraham

Anele Abraham is a Research Assistant in the Division of Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Anele completed her Honours in Agricultural Economics from University of Fort Hare. Anele has worked as a Research Administrator and a Research Assistant on diverse research projects and  continues to strive towards developing her research skills in order to contribute positively towards the advancement of knowledge.


Jyothi​ Chabilall​

Jyothi is a research consultant presently employed by the Division of Medical Ethics & Law, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Her activities with the Division prioritize research, fieldwork and writing for publication. She has been actively involved in postgraduate studies and development from 2011 and has mentored Honours, Masters and PhD students from various South African higher Education institutions. Her priorities are postgraduate research, capacity building and dissertation/thesis writing. She completed her PhD in Education at the University of Pretoria and was later appointed as a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University and thereafter, the Centre for International Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education. Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her interests are research, teaching and learning and postgraduate education in transforming higher education environments. She is a published author.


Ruach Sarangarajan 

Ruach Sarangarajan is a senior assistant researcher on the REDSSA project at the Division of Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. She completed her MSc (Med) in Bioethics and Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation focused on accessibility of influenza vaccines by adults 65 years and older in South Africa from an African philosophical perspective. Her current main research interests are global health, vaccine ethics and the ethics of medical technology. ​

​​​​​​REDSSA Research Team 

Legal Experts (SA)

  • Professor Jerome Singh
  • Professor Annelize McKay
  • Dr Dirk Brand ​

Data Scientists (SA)

  • Professor Kanshukan Rajaratnam

​Ethics Consultants

  • Dr Sergio Litewka (University of Miami, USA)
  • Professor Effy Vayena (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, ETH Zürich).

Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Dr Suzanne Day​ (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Dr Karel Caals​ (University of ​Singapore) 
  • Prof Walter Jaoko (University of ​Kenya)
  • Dr Cheryl Baxter
  • A/Prof Wim Delva​​
  • Mrs ​Neetha Shagan Morar​​


  • ARESA (Advancing Research Ethics training in Southern Africa​)

consortium.jpgConsortium of African Bioethici​​sts

  • Cameroon: Marceline Djuidje Ngounoue
  • eSwatini: Babazile Shongwa
  • Ethiopia: Liya Wassie​
  • Ghana: Ama Edwin
  • Kenya: Walter Jaoko, Stephen Ombok Muhudia, Lillian Omutoko
  • Liberia: Jemee Tegli
  • Malawi: Francis Masiye, Tiwonge Mtande​, Limbanazo Matandika
  • Mozambique: Esperenca Sevene
  • Namibia: Mareli Claassens
  • South Africa: Shenuka Singh​, Theresa Burgess
  • Uganda: Joseph Ochieng
  • Zambia: Alwyn Mwinga, Victor Chalwe
  • Zimbabwe: George Chingarande, Farayi Moyana​

Grants Management (SA)

  • Eugene Baugaard ​​​​