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Masoyise workplace health virtual seminar

Fighting the unrecognised pandemic: Reprioritising TB, HIV and NCDs in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted health services in many countries and in South Africa, the identification and treatment of tuberculosis, HIV and non-communicable diseases needs serious focus. Non-communicable diseases kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. If left unchecked, The Lancet Global Health has found that deaths due to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria over 5 years could increase by up to 10%, 20%, and 36%, respectively.

The Masoyise Health Programme - a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Minerals Council to reduce the impact of TB, HIV, occupational lung diseases and non-communicable diseases as occupational health threats in the mining sector – hosted a seminar where Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize and experts from UNAIDS, ILO, Global Fund, Stop TB and the WHO shared solutions to resolve this problem.

If you missed the event, you can watch the playback here:

Speakers

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  • Dr Zweli Mkhize
    Dr Zweli Mkhize: Minister of Health, Republic of South Africa

    Dr Zweli Mkhize: Minister of Health, Republic of South Africa

    Dr Mkhize is a South African doctor, legislator and politician who has served as the Minister of Health since 30 May 2019. He holds a MBCHB degree and is the longest serving Provincial Health member of the Executive Committee in the country. He had served as MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal from 1994 to 2004 and MEC for Finance and Economic Development from 2005 to 2009.

  • Ms Zanele Matlala
    Ms Zanele Matlala: Vice President Minerals Council South Africa and Masoyise Health Programme Chair

    Ms Zanele Matlala: Vice President Minerals Council South Africa and Masoyise Health Programme Chair

    Ms Matlala has extensive experience in the financial sector and holds a BCompt (Hons), CA (SA). Beyond her role as vice president, Minerals Council South Africa and chairperson of the Masoyise Health Programme, Ms Matlala is Chief Executive Officer of Merafe Resources Limited since 2012.

  • Dr Shannon Hader
    Dr Shannon Hader: Deputy Executive Director - Programme, UNAIDS

    Dr Shannon Hader: Deputy Executive Director - Programme, UNAIDS

    A public health physician, Dr Hader holds a degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University. She is board certified in internal medicine, paediatrics and infectious diseases. Dr Hader joined The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS in March 2019 as the Deputy Executive Director, Programme, and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  • Ms Alette van Leur
    Ms Alette van Leur: Director, Sectoral Policies Department, ILO (Geneva)

    Ms Alette van Leur: Director, Sectoral Policies Department, ILO (Geneva)

    Ms van Leur joined the International Labour Organization in 2007. Before assuming her current role, she was director of the ILO’s Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences.

  • Dr Owen Kaluwa
    Dr Owen Kaluwa: Resident Representative, WHO (South Africa)

    Dr Owen Kaluwa: Resident Representative, WHO (South Africa)

    Dr Kaluwa, an epidemiology and preventive medicine specialist, joined the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa in 2002 as regional advisor for HIV programme development, monitoring and evaluation. His passion for universal health coverage and equitable access to health services has underpinned his 20-year career and afforded him the opportunity to work in countries like Botswana, Ghana and Swaziland.

  • Dr Lucica Ditiu
    Dr Lucica Ditiu: Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership

    Dr Lucica Ditiu: Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership

    Dr Ditiu is a physician and leader in the global fight against tuberculosis and other communicable diseases. Since joining Stop TB in 2011, she has shaped it into an influential advocacy voice on global health and TB. Dr Ditiu is a strong believer in innovation, flexibility, transparency and accountability; and is dedicated to driving political commitment and engagement to accelerate the efforts to end TB.

  • Mr Paliani Chinguwo
    Mr Paliani Chinguwo: Programme Officer, research and information, SATUCC

    Mr Paliani Chinguwo: Programme Officer, research and information, SATUCC

    Mr Chinguwo has been with the Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council, in his current role, since 2012. He is a doctoral (PhD) candidate at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) with a research topic: Occupational Health and Safety for Clinical Officers in Malawi, which adds to a long list of his research work including the most recent: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Working People in Southern Africa (2020).

  • Mr Vusi Mabena
    Mr Vusi Mabena: Executive Secretary, MIASA

    Mr Vusi Mabena: Executive Secretary, MIASA

    Mr Mabena is a former teacher who holds a Secondary Teachers’ Diploma and BA (Hons) Degree from the University of South Africa, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Master of Management Degree specialising in human resources at the Wits Business School. Previously he worked for AFROX, ABSA Bank, IDC and the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (now Minerals Council South Africa).

  • Dr Marijke Wijnroks
    Dr Marijke Wijnroks: Chief of Staff, Global Fund

    Dr Marijke Wijnroks: Chief of Staff, Global Fund

    Dr Wijnroks became Chief of Staff at the Global Fund in 2013. Her 30-year career includes experience in global health and development, serving in government, at the United Nations and in civil society, and working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Since joining the Global Fund, Dr. Wijnroks has had a particular focus on gender and human rights, and on engaging diverse partners in the cause of global health.


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