Thandi Puoane

Prof. Thandi Puoane

Prof Thandi Puoane, B(Cur), BA Soc Sci (UNISA), MPH, DrPH(Berkeley)


Thandi Puoane has a background in nursing, has taught at universities in South Africa and the USA. She has extensive experience in public health research and has been a principal investigator for a range of research projects.

Her research areas include child nutrition including the hospital management of severe malnutrition, identification of CVD risk factors, particularly obesity, participatory action research and monitoring and evaluation of programmes. She is a member of Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa and the Cape Town Co- PI of a global study, the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological study. She has experience in working with community health workers in developing and implementing community-based programmes for prevention and control of NCDs. She has successfully supervised 28 masters and 18 Ph D degrees in the last five years. Thandi is rated as a C2 scientist by the National Research Foundation. She has   written   several book chapters  and has published widely in local and international peer reviewed journals.


Supporting community health workers through interprofessional learning

This project aims to develop a strategy of interprofessional learning which will support and strengthen community health workers (CHWs) in preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in South Africa.

Sivile Senza: Adapting the Diabetes Prevention Programme for a developing world context

The overall purpose of the project is to adapt the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) for delivery in a developing world setting and to evaluate its feasibility and effectiveness in an urban community in South Africa.

In the news

Prevalence of disease complications and risk factor monitoring amongst diabetes and hypertension patients attending chronic disease management programmes in a South African Township

Staff inolved: Tiny Masupe, Jeroen De Man, Sunday Onagbiye, Thandi Puoane, Peter Delobelle