Dr Margot Uys
Dr Uys has extensive experience and expertise in the strengthening of health systems over the last twenty years bridging the gap from private health care (Life Esidimeni) to public health care and focussing mostly in resource-poor and rural South Africa. Her special interest has always been in tuberculosis management and care. In 2006 she was appointed by Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) as project manager of the that’sit programme, a PEPFAR funded collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council and focussing on TB/HIV integration in public health facilities, one of the first funded projects to focus on HIV care through the TB entry door. She was able to establish a network of TB and HIV integrated care sites in areas of extremes, overcoming a range of challenges across five provinces in South Africa. The project was able to collaborate with and establish support in integrated care to more than 200 clinics in the various Provincial and District Departments of Health in South Africa. Dr Uys has been co-chair of the 2014 SA TB Conference and has published peer reviewed articles and delivered oral presentations in the field of TB and HIV management and care at various national and international forums. Her current focus is on streamlining systems and managing people in HIV and TB supported care.
Track 1: Basic and Clinical Sciences
Track Chair: Prof Colin Menezes
Colin Menezes is an Associate Professor and Academic Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. He heads a General Internal Medicine Unit, and is a senior specialist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Internal Medicine at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto.
Apart from his clinical and administrative duties, he enjoys teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests include tropical infections, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections.
Track Co-Chair: Dr Sarah Stacey
Dr Sarah Stacey is the head of the Infectious Diseases department at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.
She runs a busy urban HIV Clinic with a focus on tertiary patients and a drug resistant TB clinic, as well as an infectious diseases in-patient ward. In addition to TB, she has a keen interest in antimicrobial stewardship and education.
Track 2: Public Health and Prevention Strategies
Track Chair: Prof Grant Theron
Grant’s primary research area is tuberculosis (TB), which is the single biggest infectious cause of death in the world. His interests include the: (1) design and evaluation of improved diagnostics, (2) transmission of drug-resistant TB, and (3) microbiome and TB.
Grant holds funding from the Wellcome Trust, the British Royal Society, and the EDCTP. He has published >60 papers. This work has attracted international recognition, including the IUATLD Young Investigator Prize, the Meiring Naudé Medal from the South African Royal Society, and the NSTF-BHP Billiton T.W. Kambule Emerging Researcher Award. Grant holds a South African National Research Foundation P-rating.
Track Co-Chair: Dr Andrew Medina-Marino
Andrew G.A. Medina-Marino, Ph.D., is a molecular biologist with training in field epidemiology. As Head of the Foundation for Professional Development’s Research Unit, Dr Medina-Marino is currently leading 5 major studies- 1) a comparison of population profiles of clients receiving community-based vs facility-based HIV testing services, 2) evaluating the impact of community-based HIV counselling and testing on linkage-to-care of individuals diagnosed with HIV and the identification of recently infected individuals, 3) STI screening and treatment of HIV+ pregnant women to decrease HIV transmission from mother-to-child, 4) assessing the implementation of universal screening for TB in health care facilities, and 5) conducting a randomized study evaluating an intervention integrating economic strengthening and HIV prevention programs for vulnerable youth in South Africa. As the Senior Technical Advisor for Disease Surveillance and Laboratory Systems, Dr. Medina-Marino works directly with nine of South Africa’s 52 health districts to 1) support the detection and respond to disease outbreaks, 2) increase the use of surveillance and DHIS data for decision making, 3) enhance pre- and post-analytical laboratory service systems at the clinic-lab interface. Dr. Medina-Marino has twice been deployed to West Africa where he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), (a.k.a., Doctors without Borders) to contain the on-going Ebola outbreak. While there, he specifically worked to support disease surveillance, case investigation and contact tracing activities, as well as support and optimize epidemiologic data flow from Ebola Treatment Units to the Ministry of Health.
Track 3: Health Systems, Monitoring and Evaluation
Track Chair: Dr Themba Moeti
THEMBA MOETI is CEO of the Health Systems Trust a non-profit health systems development and research organisation in South Africa. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor at the African Medical Research Foundation in Kenya, and in Botswana as Managing Director of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Support Services and Head, Epidemiology and Disease Control Unit, Ministry of Health. He has extensive health policy, health systems, communicable disease surveillance, and HIV and TB programme management and research experience. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wits University Centre for Rural Health, and on the national HIV Think Tank.
Track Co-Chair: Dr Salome Charalambous
Dr S Charalambous is the Managing Director of Implementation Research at The Aurum Institute and Associate Professor at Wits University, South Africa. She has led service delivery programs and large research projects including cluster randomised trials evaluating interventions to improve TB and HIV programmes in public settings, workplaces and correctional settings.
Track 4: Access: Human Rights. Stigma. Marginalised Populations
Track Chair: Ms Nothemba Kula
Nothemba Kula is the Team Leader for the Key Populations, Public Private Partnerships and Small Grants portfolio for the USAID funded TB South Africa Project. Within this role, she is responsible for leading the development of strategies to address TB among key populations (KP), such as mine-workers, migrant workers, people living with HIV, contacts of TB patients, children, etc. She previously served as a consultant for the World Bank Pretoria office, providing technical assistance as part of the Regional TB in the mines initiative. Nothemba holds a Master of Public Health in health services management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Track Co-Chair: Dr Ausie Nkhi
Dr. Ausie Nkhi is CEO of Nkenke Health Consulting company and practices as a GP, with special interest in TB and HIV. She is a nationally recognized opinion leader in TB and HIV and serves in the National TB Think Tank’s implementation technical working group. Amongst her many accolades as a TB thought leader, she received further recognition for her excellence in the 2012 National TB conference where she was a guest speaker at the Opening ceremony. She spoke about her experience as a TB survivor, highlighting the high risk of TB amongst health care workers. Dr Nkhi has over 20 years’ experience in TB/HIV management and control in the region. Her expertise includes clinical management of complicated TB patients and implementation of TB/HIV programs in the private and public sector. Her greatest strength is in health care worker capacity building – training and mentoring on TB, HIV, TBHIV coinfection and TB infection prevention and control, for which she was recognized in 2012 by FPD for her excellence in teaching. Dr Nkhi continues to speak and write about TB and HIV related issues in various platforms. She is always keen to empower and educate.
Advisory Committee Members:
Prof Keertan Dheda
Keertan Dheda is Professor of Respiratory Medicine, and Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town.
His research work focuses on the epidemiology, diagnosis, transmission, and treatment of TB. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers including 4 first or senior author original publications in The Lancet. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award.
He serves on the editorial board of several journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine and Lancet Respiratory Diseases amongst others. He holds 5 patents related to new TB control technologies. He serves on several national and international academic and advisory bodies, and is the current president of the South African Thoracic Society.
Mrs Ernesha Webb Mazinyo
Ernesha Webb Mazinyo has more than 20 years of international experience in public health policy, planning and practice specifically focused on organizational and program development, building partnerships and community engagement. She serves as Head of Department: District Health Systems and New Ventures in the Technical Assistance Cluster of the Foundation for Professional Development. Ernesha has extensive experience in the public sector having served in several capacities including Program Director for the District Public Health Offices (DPHO) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ernesha received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Mr David Mametja
Mr Lerole David Mametja is the Chief Director for TB Control and Management in the National Department of Health, South Africa. He has more than 20 years of experience in public health. He was Executive Director of the Health Systems Trust (HST), NGO supporting public-private partnerships in health. He was also Regional Health Sector Manager for RTI International (linked to University of North Carolina), overseeing its health programme in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), particularly in Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. He served as CEO of the Health and Welfare Sector Education Training Authority (HWSETA), an entity that focuses on providing training and skills development opportunities for South Africans. He holds a masters degree in public health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, New York.