Gail Hughes

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 noncommunicable diseases/conditions; while ensuring safety and

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.


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