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 understanding 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.