My name is Gail D. Hughes and I am a Professor and the Director of the South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI) at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Bellville, South Africa. At the Institute, we are focused on scientifically and clinically unlocking the value of traditional medicine and the interface of indigenous knowledge systems with medicine and public health. I have more than 20 years of public health experience with training as an epidemiologist. My experience spans various work sectors: government, NGO, pharmaceutical industry, academic and as an international consultant in more than 20 countries. In addition, I have served in numerous leadership capacities.
My interest is the integration of both conventional and traditional medicine (indigenous knowledge systems) to promote healthy lifestyles and for prevention, treatment and maintenance of non-communicable diseases/conditions; while ensuring safety and efficacy.
As an Executive Committee Member of PHASA, my goal is to contribute towards translational research into strong and progressive policy, practice and advocacy. In addition, I would like to ensure that the next generation of public health professionals/practitioners are encouraged, supported and become leaders for PHASA, public health in South Africa and beyond! I am looking forward to serving as an Executive Committee Member to PHASA and its’ constituents for an enriching and productive term.
My name is Siyasanga Valencia Mbiza. I am currently employed as a Clinical Associate at Nessie Knight Hospital, Eastern Cape. I am one of the pioneers who graduated at Walter Sisulu University in 2010, where I studied Bachelor of Medical Clinical Practice. I was awarded as the "Best Student of the Class" and I passed with distinctions. Currently I am part time studying for the Diploma in Clinical HIV/AIDs Management as I am is interested in doing research on HIV/AIDs. Apart from that, I am also completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the main focus on Health Care Management. The topic of my thesis is: Overview of Health financing in South Africa: Implications of National Health Insurance on Rural Health. For 2013, my intends are to study Masters in Public Health and specialise in Health Service Management or do a PhD in Health Care Management. I am very keen to make a difference in Health Care Management.
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