Dr Thameshree Naidu

Dr Thameshree Naidu is a Public Health Medicine Specialist who supports teams, organisations and governments in developing resilient health systems. She has developed and led large scale collaborative projects working across diverse role players providing technical support to develop measureable innovative solutions. She currently serves as country advisor for the Africa Hospital Patient Safety Initiative (AHPSI) that begins to address the WHO third global patient safety challenge, Medication Without Harm in Africa working across South Africa, Ghana and Ethiopia.

She obtained a MMed (Public Health) in 2011 from the University of KwaZulu Natal(UKZN) and a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine (FCPHM) from the College of Medicine in South Africa(CMSA). She holds a Diploma in HIV Management (Dip HIV Man) also from the CMSA and Graduated with a MBCHB from the University of Cape Town(UCT) in 1998. Dr Naidu has completed a professional development programme with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement(IHI) and serves as Faculty/Improvement Advisor supporting their work in Africa.

Her key public health interests are applying systems and design thinking to solve problems by facilitating the development of bottom up solutions that produce measureable improvement. She is passionate about exploring practical solutions to the policy practice gap and believes that these solutions lie with the implementers themselves. She is interested in developing methods to evaluate locally developed innovative solutions for scalability and sustainability.

As a member of the PHASA executive she would like to increase its accessibility. In particular, she wants to support and capacitate frontline health workers to share their work and experiences to contribute to broader policy discussions.

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