The IWG Africa region aims to utilise community action networks and boundary spanners to strengthen health systems. The region is working on an output on this with other public health professionals within and outside UCT. This may take the form of long piece writing in a South African-based news publication or an academic publication; but this is still in its iterative stage.
Philip Dambisya is a steering committee representative for the African Region currently in South Africa. He is completing his Master of Public Health at the University of Cape Town, specialising in Health Systems . His public health interests are in strengthening community participation within health system strengthening measures, interprofessionalism, bridging the gap between higher education institutions and the health sector as well as advocating for more equitable practices within global health; mainly through a decolonial lens.
Nadine Nanji is a steering committee representative for the African Region currently living in South Africa. She is completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Cape Town. She has experience working in HIV/AIDs research with both Clinton Health Access Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda & Wits Reproductive & HIV Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interests mainly lie in health systems responsiveness, readiness and resilience in conflict settings, as well as faith actors intersection with the public health sector towards mental health system and policy. In the present and future, she wants to work in the mental health field and aspires to do health system strengthening research in conflict settings through the Middle East and Africa.
Lynn Bust is a regional leadership member for the African region. She is completing her Master of Public at the University of Cape Town specialising in health systems and policy. She has experience in the South African public health sector primarily in maternal and child health. Lynn is passionate about strengthening health systems in the African region and her interests are in health systems responsiveness and resilience, the health workforce (specifically community health workers), gender and health, and the intersection between media and the health system. She wants to pursue a career with the aim to strengthen health systems and policy in Africa with inclusion of all marginalised groups.
Bronte Davies is a regional leadership member for the African region. She is currently completing her Master of Public at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, specialising in Health Systems and Policy. Her experience lies in non-profit health education programme co-ordination. She is passionate about maternal health and vaccination, advocating for equitable access to essential antenatal and immunisation health services.