University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

Name

University of the Witwatersrand

Brief Description    

The University of the Witwatersrand is situated in central Johannesburg. Currently, it has five faculties that offer a range of degrees to over 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a growing number of international students. The Faculty of Health Sciences currently trains over 2,300 students, of which some 1,400 are on postgraduate diploma, masters and PhD programmes. The Departments of Community Health and Internal Medicine will play the lead role along with other University entities such as Wits School of Public Health (WSPH), Wits School of Clinical Medicine, and Graduate School of Business Administration (Wits Business School). CMERC a translational research Unit based at the Charlotte maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Johannesburg Metro District are closely working together for setting up a health laboratory in Johannesburg and will be partner to the University for this project.

Main Tasks

Project coordination and Scientific Coordination

Previous Experience       

WITS has a long history of teaching and conducting research in the focus areas of the proposal such as Epidemiology, Demography, Environmental health, Evaluation sciences and Community based health science education. The principal research areas are Control and management of communicable and non-communicable diseases, Health system management, Occupational and Environmental health, clinical epidemiology and ethics with a strongly interdisciplinary approach.

 

Staff Profiles

Dr Deb Basu

MBBS, MSc(Med), MPH, MBA, MMed, FCPHM (SA) PhD (Med)
Dr Basu is currently working as a Public Health Medicine Specialist at the Department of Community Health and Head (Acting) of the Public Health Unit, at Johannesburg Metro District. He is the Director of the INCLEN/CMERC Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Centre and Secretary of the IEA African Epidemiology Federation. His current work includes setting up a chronic disease surveillance system for the Gauteng Province. He has presented in many conferences. His research interest includes Clinical epidemiology, Non-communicable diseases, and operational research in public hospitals in South Africa.

Dr Moreshnee Govender

MBBCh MSc
Dr Govender is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Public Health of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is involved with both post- and under-graduate teaching in the School covering the areas of Hospital Management. Her research interest includes Health Technology Management, Occupational health and safety.

Dr Tintswalo Mercy Hlungwani

BCur (MEDUSA), MSc, PDM, PhD (WITS)                                                                                Dr Mercy Hlungwani is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Public Health of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is involved in both post- and under-graduate teaching in the School covering the areas of population health, health service managment, health promotion and chronic diseases. Her research interest includes mental health, health promotion and interventions on social determinants of health.

Ms Maggie Dimakatso Mokonoto

BA-Cur BA-Cur(Hon) MPH (Social & Behavioural Health Sciences)
Mrs Mokonoto is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Public Health of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is involved with postgraduate teaching in the School covering the areas of health promotion and health education, monitoring and evaluation of health programs, qualitative methods of public health research, AIDS Society and Development in Africa. She has intensive experience in teaching qualitative research. Her research interest includes health promotion and qualitative public health research and intervention studies.

Prof Shan Naidoo

MBBCh, DPH, DHSM, DOH, DTM&H, MMED
Prof Naidoo is currently working as a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Head of the Department of Community Health. He as a specialist in Public Health worked extensively in the public health sector particularly developing primary health care at local government level. He has published widely on issues of public health with particular reference to his experience in local government and the HIV/AIDS epidemic and chronic diseases including mental health in South Africa and was the Metro-wide AIDS programme coordinator for Greater Johannesburg. He is also involved with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health of which the school is a partner. Prof Naidoo has a keen interest in developing the Public Health Speciality in South Africa and is the President of the College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM).  He is also the last President of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

Prof Jeffery Robert Wing

MB BCh(Wits), FCP (SA) FRCP (London)
Prof Wing is currently a Chief Specialist and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Johannesburg Hospital and University of the Witwatersrand. His research interest includes: Diabetes and the insulin resistance /cardio-metabolic syndrome, New therapies in the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome in HIV patients.

Prof Francoise Venter

MB BCh(Wits), FCP (SA)
Prof Venter is currently Deputy Executive Director, WHI (Wits Institute for Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV and Related Diseases, previously RHRU and ECHO) and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand. He is the head of Infectious Diseases at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Prof Venter is currently President of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, which has over 13 000 members throughout Africa. His research interest includes HIV and TB.

Mr Modise Makhudu

BTech
Mr Makhudu is currently Chief Director (Acting) of the Johannesburg Metro District. He is actively involved in transforming the District as a model District for implementation of National Health Insurance. Under his leadership, the District received numerous awards. His research interest includes Health systems, determinants of health.

Ms Jani Muller

BSEE (Grove City College, USA), Dipl Ing (E Tech) (Karlsruhe)
Ms Muller is currently an academic consultant responsible for the Masters programmes Research Methodology and Research Management. She is involved in teaching and research in Health Technology management in developing countries. Her research interest includes Heath technology Assessment, and Research management.

Prof Davide Croce

Degree in Engineering (University of Padua), MBA (SDA Bocconi)
Prof Croce is the Director of CREMS, Adjunct Professor of Economics of health at the University of Bologna and LIUC, Lecturer in health economics at the University of Catania and University of the Witwatersrand.
He has a wide experience in teaching and research within the healthcare sector. He has been Team Leader of more than 40 projects in research or consultancy within the healthcare sector, for international organisations (such as World Health Organization, European Commission), governmental agencies (such as Italian National Health Institute, Italian Ministry of Health), hospitals and pharmaceuticals firms. In addition he is planner, director and lecturer of over 200 short courses in health economics and health management subjects. He has experience in the sector of international cooperation for development. He is associate editor of the bimonthly journal "Public and Private Health Review". His research interest includes Health Systems, Health Technology assessment.

Dr Emanuela Foglia

Degree in Economics (Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC), PhD in Integrated Firm’s Management (Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC)
Dr Foglia is a researcher at CREMS and University of the Witwatersrand. She coordinates national and international health economics projects, with a focus on Health Technology Assessment, Benchmarking and performance measurement. She has experience in data collection, processing and analysis; employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, background desk research and direct surveys/questionnaires, economic and non-economic indicators. She is lecturer on planning and control, accounting, budgeting and research methodology for first and second level master courses in Italy and South Africa.

Mr Umberto Restelli

Degree in Market and Business Finance (Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC),
Mr Restelli is a researcher at CREMS and University of the Witwatersrand. He participated in a number of national and international health economics projects, with a focus on Health Technology Assessment, Benchmarking and Activity Based Costing. He is experienced in data collection, processing and analysis; employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, background desk research and direct surveys/questionnaires, economic and non-economic indicators. He is lecturer on management of health care and social health care organisation for first level master courses in Italy and South Africa.

Main
Contact
Deb Basu
Debashis.Basu@wits.ac.za
Department of Community Health
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and University of the Witwatersrand
Wits Medical School
7, York Road, Parktown 2193
South Africa
Tel.: +27 11717 2543
Fax: +27 865533113