Meet our Chair
Prof Keertan Dheda
Keertan Dheda is a South African National Research Foundation ‘A’-rated clinician scientist and has professorial appointments at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a hospital-based clinician, Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town, and immediate past president of the South African Thoracic Society. His research work has focussed on respiratory pathogens including TB. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award and the 2018 European Union-funded EDCTP Scientific Leadership Award. He has been profiled in The Lancet and serves on several national and international academic and advisory bodies, including the editorial boards of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. He has published almost 300 papers, has a Scopus H index of 61, and is a co-inventor on 6 patents related to diagnostics and vaccines.
Meet our Co-Chair
Dr Margot Uys
Dr. Uys has extensive experience and expertise in the strengthening of health systems over the last twenty years bridging the gap from private to public health care and focusing mostly on resource-poor and rural South Africa. As chair of the 5 th South African TB Conference (2018) she managed to run a successful conference with a focus on research, programmatic as well as bio-social determinants of TB. Dr. Uys has also been involved in consultancy work in the field of TB/HIV for various agencies, amongst others for UNODC and the Trimbos Instituut based in The Netherlands in the development of and training in Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines for TB/HIV care in prisons in eleven sub-Saharan countries and subsequently ran master trainer workshops for UNODC for Correctional Services staff for Southern African countries in Namibia in October 2019. She was leader in a consultancy project with UNICEF in the review and evaluation of the PMTCT Mother and Child programme in South Africa in preparation for the validation exercise for the elimination of MTCT. As a project manager for Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) since 2006 in the that’sit programme, she was able to establish a network of TB and HIV integrated care sites in areas of extremes, overcoming a range of challenges across five provinces in South Africa. From 2007 to 2013 more than 200 clinics were receiving support through this project, a PEPFAR funded collaborative programme between the SA Medical Research Council (MRC), the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and the various Provincial and District Departments of Health in South Africa. This has formed the basis of her extensive knowledge in TB programmatic management and care.