New PHASA exec members

My name is Moeketsi Modisenyane. I am currently the Director responsible for International Health Relations at National Department of Health, South Africa. My main areas of focus among others, is to formulate, coordinate and implement South Africa’s engagement on health with Africa and other countries and international organizations. I have represented South Africa in a number of regional and global fora such as the African Union, SADC, WHO, IBSA and BRICS formations. In 2002 I obtained a Masters of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand and also a Post-graduate Diploma in Health Management from the University of Cape Town, and in 2014 obtained Masters in Public Health from University of Pretoria. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Pretoria. Over the past 10-15 years, global health concerns have become more prominent in national and foreign policy agendas. Hence my passion is to advocate for training and capacity building in global health and bring about African voices and perspectives in global health. My plan as a PHASA exec member is to make sure that the current medical and public health training programmes in the South African and African tertiary institutions are aligned to the global health needs which include issues such as poverty, health and inequality; healthcare in the context of globalisation, health and human rights; social determinants of health; financing mechanisms for global health, including universal health coverage and the relationship between foreign policy, trade, the environment and health.

Moeketsi Modisenyane
Moeketsi Modisenyane

My name is Stephen James Heinrich Hendricks. I am a dentistry (BChD) graduate from the 1st dental class of the University of the Western Cape.  I completed a MSc degree at the University of London and the MPH, MPA &  PhD degrees at  Harvard University, Boston, USA. My PhD was titled: The Estimation of the Burden of Mortality in South Africa and its Policy Implications”.  I returned to South Africa to take up Senior Executive positions in Human Resources & District Health Systems at both the National and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Departments  of Health. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Specialist in Community Oral Health. Currently, I am  Extraordinary Professor in  Public Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Sciences and Public Health at the University of Pretoria where I teach several MPH students and am a promotor for 4 PhD students. I am also the UP Program Manager  for the Albertina Sisulu  Executive Leadership Program in Health (ASELPH) which is a collaboration between the University of Pretoria, University of Fort Hare and Harvard University (USA) in association with National and Provincial Departments of Health & South Africa Partners and  is funded by  USAID, ELMA South Africa Foundation and Atlantic  Philanthropies.

Stephen James Heinrich Hendricks
Stephen James Heinrich Hendricks

My name is Linda Skaal. I am currently Associate Professor and Public Health Unit coordinator at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus. My specialty is Social and Behavioral Studies. I started working at Medunsa campus as a lecturer in 1996, and joined Public Health as a senior lecturer in 2010, after obtaining my Doctor of Public Health degree. I am currently serving in the Advisory board of the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (SAIDS) as the head of the sub-committee of Education and Research in SAIDS. I am also a member of the Technical team for HPCSA responsible for setting up the Health Promotion board and scope of practice for Health Promoters for the country. I am a member of the Global Health Network that encourages international research collaborations among 11 international countries. I am also a research grant holder, principal researcher and project leader of various national and international research grants for research on obesity management and addictive behaviors. I  have collaborated with Universities like UCT (Psychiatry dept) and UNISA (Health Studies). My research area of interest is obesity management, physical activity and addictive behaviors such as alcohol use in different settings and gambling behaviors. I have published articles on obesity and addictive behaviors and have supervised and graduated several postgraduate students.

Linda Skaal
Linda Skaal
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