About the Team

About the Team

Lilian-DudleyProf Lilian Dudley

MBChB, DCH, BScMed (Micro), MSc (Lond), FFPHM(SA)
Tel: +27 21 938 9566 | Fax: 27 21 938 9166 | Email: ldudley@sun.ac.za

Lilian Dudley is the Director of the Centre for Health Systems Strengthening. She is a Public Health Medicine specialist with extensive experience of working and conducting health systems research in South Africa. She holds the position of principal specialist in Public Health Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health. She was previously the CEO of Health Systems Trust (HST), and a senior health manager in local government and Provincial Health Departments. Her particular areas of interest are health systems and services research (organisation of service delivery) and health leadership and management.

Dr Lungiswa Nkonki

PhD Health Economics, MSc Economics, MPhil Health Economics
Tel: 021 938 9440 | Email: lnkonki@sun.ac.za

Lungiswa Nkonki is a Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University, where she convenes and teaches Economic Evaluation in Healthcare to postgraduate students. She completed her PhD in Health Economics at the University of Bergen in 2012. Her research interests include economic evaluation of healthcare programmes, measuring inequality in health outcomes, and understanding the determinants of attrition/retention of lay health workers. She has also worked as a specialist scientist at the Medical Research Council, and is a National Research Foundation (South Africa) rated scientist. Since January 2014, she has served as a panellist Private healthcare market enquiry of the Competition Commission of South Africa.

Kerrin-BeggDr Kerrin Begg

Module Convenor – SUCCEED (Activity Lead)

MBChB, Diploma Obstetrics, FPHM
Cell : 021 938 9994 | Email: kbegg@sun.ac.za

Kerrin attained her MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 1994, a Diploma in Child Health in 1996 and a Diploma in Obstetrics in 1997. She then completed her medical specialisation, obtaining a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine (CMSA) in 2002. Kerrin is a trained Depth Facilitator, an accredited Thomas PPA practitioner, as well as certified in The Leadership Circle Profile™ and Culture Transformation Tools (CTT) from the Barrett Values Centre. Kerrin is currently Programme Co-ordinator and Module Convenor for the newly launched Post-graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. Kerrin is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business in the field of Leadership and Health Management.

Kerrin is currently Activity Lead for the Quality Improvement and Data component of SUCCEED (Stellenbosch University Collaborative Capacity Enhancement through Engagement with Districts), which is a response to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for South African University-based technical assistance aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of HIV/AIDS and related services in South Africa under PEPFAR through targeted capacity strengthening.

Christalien-HusselmanMs Christalien Hüsselmann

District Facilitator – SUCCEED (Quality Improvement)

B Cur Nursing Sciences (UWC), PGDip Child Nursing Science (UCT), PGDip HIV Management (SU), MSc Med Science Clinical Epidemiology (SU)
Tel: +27 21 938 9990 | Email: chusselmann@sun.ac.za

Christalien Hüsselmann is a clinical epidemiologist with a background in Child Health, Paediatric HIV Management and Quality Improvement. Her primary focus areas are in improving the quality of health service delivery and data quality in the health system, through the use of quality improvement methods and processes as guided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Other responsibilities include engagement with key district stakeholders in selected districts in provinces, and undergraduate medical and postgraduate training in Quality Improvement.

Ms Farzaneh Behroozi

Technical Advisor QI – SUCCEED

Tel: +27 21 938 9991 | Email: farzaneh@sun.ac.za;

Farzaneh Behroozi is a public health researcher and documentary filmmaker. Her primary research interest is improving health – whether population health (PhD topic), social determinants or assisting with quality of care improvement efforts in clinics and hospitals throughout South Africa with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement since 2004 and now with Stellenbosch University. She organizes the Scientific Programme for the Quality Improvement Summit and teaches principles of quality improvement in health to medical students.

Michele-PappinDr Michele Pappin

Project Manager for the MomConnect Monitoring and Evaluation Project

Tel: +27 21 938 9498 | Email: michele2@sun.ac.za

Michele Pappin obtained her PhD in Development Studies through the University of the Free State in 2012. The title of the dissertation was Anxiety and Depression in the Public Sector Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Programme in the Free State. Her research interests include the social aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Leandra Moses

Leandra Davis is an Administrator with a background in Bookkeeping and administration within the Manufacturing sector. Her primary focus on MomConnect  is the Project administration which includes: logistics ,finance ,coordination of meetings, and fieldwork facilitation.

Teaching Assistants

Eveline Kabongo

Eveline Kabongo works on the MomConnect Monitoring and Evaluation project as a data analyst, and supports the MPhil HSSR as a teaching assistant. She obtained her masters in Population Studies (MPhil of Statistic and Population studies) at UWC in 2014, and is developing her PhD protocol on the use of mHealth in Maternal and Child Health services in South Africa.

Justin EngelbrechtMr Justin Engelbrecht

Pharmacist Advisor, Teaching Assistant

M Phil (Health Systems & Services Research) (SU), BPharm (UWC), Postgrad Diploma (HIV Management) (SU)

Justin is a Pharmacist Advisor for South to South Program for Comprehensive HIV Care & Treatment, based in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, responsible for strengthening the pharmaceutical systems in rural limited resource healthcare facilities in various provinces within South Africa. He previously worked as the ARV Pharmacy Manager for Tygerberg Hospital and Quality Assurance Pharmacist for Aid for AIDS (Medscheme), and has consulted for South to South and Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health. As the first graduate of the MPhil HSSR, Justin has been supporting postgraduate modules as a teaching assistant.

Dr Chanelle Ramnarayan

Dr Chanelle Ramnarayan completed her Undergraduate Medical Degree form Stellenbosch University in 2014. She is a Public Health Intern in the Division of Community Health, and has supported projects, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and events of the CHSS.

Associate Staff

Donald-Skinner-2Dr Donald Skinner

Director Research on Health and Society

B.Bus.Sc., B.Soc.Sc., B.Soc.Sc. Honours (Psychology), MA Clinical Psychology, PhD Psychology, MPH (All UCT)

Collaborate with the centre on a number of projects

Donald is the Director of the Research on Health and Society (RHS) unit and collaborates with the CHSS on the MomConnect evaluation, and convenes two modules of the MPhil HSSR. Donald’s work within RHS is to improve the health status of South Africans and advance our understanding of public health and social development problems internationally, through the examination of relationships of cognition, behaviour, and health with social conditions. He has expertise in researching South African health and culture using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, often using community or primary health clinic based approaches. He also teaches Qualitative Research and Community Based Participatory Methods, and supervises masters and PhD students. Previous posts include director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at UCT and as chief research specialist at the HSRC.


Extraordinary Staff

Dr Frederick Marais

Frederick Marais is the Deputy Director for Health Promotion at the Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape. He was previously a senior lecturer appointed in the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control and with the CHSS where he supported the development of training and research using Community Participatory Research Methods. He continues to contribute to postgraduate training and supervision, and collaborations on CBPR.

Prof Merick Swarestein

Merrick Zwarenstein is the Director, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, Ontario, Canada. He is an internationally renowned health systems researcher, with a particular interest in pragmatic trials and implementation sciences. Merrick has collaborated with SU on the SURMEPI and ARCADE projects, and supported postgraduate teaching on RCT’s at the Faculty.

Nazreen-AbrahamsMs Nazreen Abrahams

Project / Programme Administrator
Tel: 021- 938 9990 | Email: nazreen@sun.ac.za;

Nazreen Abrahams has more than 15 years’ professional Project Administration, Operational & Financial management experience within the Corporate, Medical Research & Academic sectors. She is employed as a Project / Programme Administrator in the CHSS, supporting the SURMEPI and SUCCEED projects and the MPhil in HSSR and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management Programmes.