Helen Schneider

Prof. Helen Schneider

PhD (Public Health) (Cape Town), MBChB (Cape Town), MMed (Witwatersrand), DCH (SA College of Medicine), DTMH (Witwatersrand)

Professor and SARCHI Chair
E: hschneider@uwc.ac.za

Helen Schneider is a public health specialist and health systems and policy researcher who has worked for more than 25 years on the problematics of South Africa’s health system.

She joined the SOPH in 2011 and was director from 2013 to 2016. Since 2015, she has been the director of the UWC/MRC Health Services to Systems Research Unit, and since 2016 has occupied the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Health Systems Governance.  Helen’s research and policy interests have included an unCorinne Carolissen joined SOPH in March 2001 as a Student Administrator as one of the key support team members to the Post Graduate Academic Programme. She coordinates the administration of the MPH and PhD Programme working with both administrative and academic staff members.  Her main responsibilities include: member of executive committees, supportive role to academics coordination of modules, all administrative functions on modules, planning and implementation of academic programme, monitoring thesis supervision as well as key liaison with the student.  derstanding of the political dynamics of AIDS policy under the Mbeki government and the health system-wide implications of programmatic interventions such as ARV scale-up; the implementation of South Africa’s Ward Based Outreach Team Strategy; governance and leadership of national community health worker programmes; and most recently, contemporary approaches to district health system strengthening and governance.  She holds a number of positions in international committees, including the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization, Geneva (2018-2020);  Advisory Committee on Health Systems Governance for Universal Health Coverage, World Health Organization, Geneva (2016-).

Prof. Schneider is rated as a B2 scientist by the National Research Foundation.


In the news

Prof Helen Schneider receives the DVC Special Recognition Awards in Research and Innovation

The 2021 virtual Research Recognition Awards celebrated UWC’s achievements and milestones in Research and Innovation.

Local Dynamics of Collaboration for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: A Social Network Analysis of Healthcare Providers and Their Managers in Gert Sibande District, South Africa

Accountability for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) is a collaborative endeavour and documenting collaboration dynamics may be key to understanding variations in the performance of MNCH services.

Publication: by Fidele Mukinda

Practice of death surveillance and response for maternal, newborn and child health: a framework and application to a South African health district

Publication: Tumelo Assegaai

Developing a district level supportive supervision framework for community health workers through co-production in South Africa

Publication: Solange Mianda

Scoping review protocol of service delivery-related interventions to improve maternal and newborn health in low-income and middle-income countries

Publication: Ida Okeyo

Policy Adoption and the Implementation Woes of the Intersectoral First 1000 Days of Childhood Initiative, In the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Reimagining health in the Eastern Cape: A dysfunctional public health system is not inevitable

The persistent challenges in public health in the Eastern Cape, highlight the critical role of leadership.

What lessons to draw from COVID-19 in Cape Town?

As public health researchers and educators in a city currently experiencing a seemingly runaway COVID-19 epidemic, we are increasingly being approached to provide our ‘expert’ opinion on the reasons for this.

New book with contribution from SOPH colleagues out! Health for the People: National Community Health Worker Programs from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

New book with contribution from SOPH colleagues out! Health for the People: National Community Health Worker Programs from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe New book with contribution from […]

Rebuilding health systems from the bottom up: a South African case study, by Helen Schneider

The recent publication of the National Health Insurance Bill in South Africa has provoked vigorous debate.

Assessing community health worker programme governance: A guiding framework, by Helen Schneider

Based on research on the real-life tasks and challenges faced by policy-makers and managers in taking CHW programmes to scale, and drawing on conceptual and empirical literature on governance,5 this brief presents a framework structured around a set of key questions to ask in assessing the governance of CHW programmes.