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Launch of the Wits PPS Chair in Health Economics

When: Wednesday, 14 June 2023 - Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Start time:17:30


Please join us online for the launch of the PPS Chair in Health Economics.

We will be having a panel discussion titled "The role of Health Economics in achieving Universal Health Coverage in South Africa".


Ina Skosana is a health journalist and editor. She currently works as the health and medicine editor at The Conversation Africa where she spends her days collaborating with the continent’s leading scientists to translate their research into articles everyone can understand. Ina was previously a health researcher at Africa Check - the continent’s first independent non-profit fact-checking organisation. Prior to that she was a journalist at the Mail & Guardian’s Centre for Health Journalism which is now known as Bhekisisa. Ina has won several national awards for her reporting and has a strong passion for social justice and women’s rights.


Prof Frikkie Booysen is the PPS Chair in Health Economics in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses mainly on issues of health and development, access and inequalities in health, and social and economic aspects of mental health. He is a founding member of the Lelapa consortium for research on family health and development, an international collaboration with University College London. He is an NRF-rated researcher, a Fulbright and EUROSA scholar, and a recipient of the Founder’s Medal of the Economic Society of South Africa.

Matshidiso Lencoasa is a Budget Researcher at SECTION27, where she advocates for budget interventions that protect the Constitutional right to health care, particularly in a climate change context and through a gendered lens. She currently serves on the steering committees of the Budget Justice Coalition that advances people's participation and understanding budget processes and Imali Yethu’s civil society collaboration with National Treasury aimed at making budget information more accessible. She forms part of the Fiscal Openness Accelerator's advisory group which works to deepen public participation in the budget process. She is a 2023 Mandela-Washington Fellow.

Dr Sophie Pascoe is an Epidemiologist and Principal Researcher at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) with a joint appointment in the Faculty of Health Sciences University of Witwatersrand. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing RCTs and observational studies, and evaluating interventions to improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes. She is Co-Director of the Indlela Behavioural Economics unit, a first of its kind nudge unit in South Africa focussing on health and HIV, and is a deputy editor for the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

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Manning up to Healthcare Avoidance

When: Tuesday, 29 November 2022 - Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Where: Hybrid Event
Braamfontein Campus West
CLM PG Centre (in front of Wits School of Law), Braamfontein Campus West
Start time:18:00


Men often fail to adequately manage their own health and sometimes present at healthcare facilities late or not all, which curtails their health and well-being.

In this panel discussion, we reflect on the drivers of men’s healthcare avoidance and on solutions for addressing the issue efficiently and sustainably.

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A Financial Approach to Climate Risk

When: Thursday, 20 October 2022 - Thursday, 20 October 2022
Where: Online Event
Start time:17:00


The School of Economics and Finance invites you to a keynote address by 2003 Nobel Prize winner, Professor Robert Engle.

The School of Economics and Finance invites you to a keynote address by 2003 Nobel Prize winner, Professor Robert Engle, for a talk titled A Financial Approach to Climate Risk. Engle will be joined in discussion by Professor Greg Farrell, Dr Dambala Gelo Kutela and Professor Yudhvir Seetharam, all from the School of Economics and Finance.  Dr Cyril May will moderate the discussion.

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