This convening will foreground Africans as experts and highlight our own solutions to the challenges faced on the African continent. This will be achieved within in the area of African Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) through making space for scholars and practitioners to build collective capacity and engage in critical decolonial scholarship.
Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Co-convenor, Global Studies Program, University of Cape Town
Center of Research in Human Reproduction and Demography, Benin
University Of Capetown
Lance is a health policy and systems scholar with a particular interest in queer & decolonial theory and praxis. They are PhD candidate and senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa (Tekano). Their PhD explores health systems responsiveness to queer users in primary health care settings. Lance’s teaching, advocacy and grassroot activism includes working with Sex Workers Education and Advocacy TaskForce (SWEAT) to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and they serve as a board member of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) where they champion rights and access to health for sex workers, queer people and people with intersecting marginality. Lance contributes to national and global policy and implementation processes where they use creative participatory methodologies to facilitate local, national and global advocacy spaces to foster transformative approaches to achieve health equity.
Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town
Health Policy and Systems Researcher and Activist
Shehnaz Munshi (MPH) is a health policy and systems researcher and activist with a particular interest in feminist, decolonial scholarship and praxis. She is also an occupational therapist with 10 years of experience serving vulnerable and marginalised communities in South Africa and the UK. She is a senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa, and was named an Emerging Voices for Global Health in 2018. Shehnaz serves on the steering committee of the People’s Health Movement, a global network of grassroots health activists, civil society organisations and academics committed to advocating for affordable, accessible, equitable health for all. Her research, policy engagement and activism has focused on strengthening the implementation of a community health worker policy and primary health care re-engineering policy in an NHI context. She was also a researcher on a behaviour change intervention study called the 'Sonke CHANGE Trial’, which sought to determine the effectiveness of a multi-level gender-transformation model in preventing men’s use of violence against woman and girls. Currently Shehnaz manages the Sheiham Family/Wits Programme on social determinants of health and health inequality at the School of Public Health, Wits University. She co-designed an initiative aimed at re-imagining health systems drawing on transformative, indigenous, feminist approaches to achieve health equity and social justice.