Prof. Helen Schneider
PhD (Public Health) (Cape Town), MBChB (Cape Town), MMed (Witwatersrand), DCH (SA College of Medicine), DTMH (Witwatersrand)
Professor and SARCHI Chair
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.
Strengthening capacity for research, education, policy support, advocacy and networking of the partners in the field of human and animal health
Strengthening health system responsiveness to citizen feedback about health services in South Africa and Kenya
In the news
District Governance and Improved Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health in South Africa: Pathways of Change
Staff inolved: Helen Schneider, Asha George, Fidele Mukinda and Hanani Tabana
Working Towards Inclusive, Socially Accountable and Resilient Community Health Systems: An Introduction to a Special Issue
Staff inolved: Charles Michelo, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Helen Schneider
Exploring Politics and Contestation in the Policy Process- The Case of Zambia’s Contested Community Health
Staff inolved: Joseph M. Zulu, Maligzani P. Chavula, Adam Silumbwe, Margarate N. Munakampe, Chama Mulubwa, Wanga Zulu, Charles Michelo, Helen Schneider, Uta Lehmann
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
Staff inolved: Fidele Kanyimbu Mukinda, Sara Van Belle, Helen Schneider
Practice of death surveillance and response for maternal, newborn and child health: a framework and application to a South African health district
Staff inolved: Fidele Mukinda, Asha George, Sara Van Belle, Helen Schneider
Developing a district level supportive supervision framework for community health workers through co-production in South Africa
Staff inolved: Tumelo Assegaai, Helen Schneider and Vera Scott
Scoping review protocol of service delivery-related interventions to improve maternal and newborn health in low-income and middle-income countries
Staff inolved: Solange Mianda and Olamide Todowede and Helen Schneider
Policy Adoption and the Implementation Woes of the Intersectoral First 1000 Days of Childhood Initiative, In the Western Cape Province of South Africa
Staff inolved: Ida Okeyo, Uta Lehmann, Helen Schneider
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
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.