iHEART-SA Team Profiles:

Mosa Moshabela MBChB, MFam Med, PhD

Professor Mosa Moshabela currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation (Acting) at the at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was until December 2020, the Dean and Head of School of Nursing and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences. He is a chief medical specialist, having trained as a medical practitioner (MBChB), and specialized in Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (M Fam. Med). He further completed a Masters in Demography and Health (MSc), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Public Health, with a specific focus on health systems and policy research. He is Adjunct Faculty and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa. His research portfolio in implementation science and health systems research cuts across multiple disciplines, and involves the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in public healthcare services and programmes, and seeks to improve access, quality and equity in healthcare, in ways appropriate for resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although his work is largely grounded in HIV and TB research, he is a Family Physician, and a generalist primary healthcare practitioner. He is currently leading a team to establish a new research institute focused on research for societal impact, the Institute of People-centred Health. Recently, he was convener of the COVID-19 response team at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and advisor to the Department of Health, provincially through the ‘War Room’ for COVID-19 in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, and nationally through the technical working group of the Ministerial Advisory Committee. Further, he is currently the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and chairperson of a sub-committee to evaluate and report on the national Health sector response to COVID-19 in South Africa. Internationally, he am a member (2018-2020) of the Lancet Commission on Synergies between Health Promotion, Universal Health Coverage and Global Health Security, and US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine commission member on Human Resources for Health in Rwanda (2018-2020) and the Global Roadmap towards Healthy Longevity (2019-2021) commissions.

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