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Thubelihle Mathole University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Dr. Thubelihle Mathole (PhD, MPA, BSc) is a seasoned researcher, program manager, and lecturer/trainer. Her main areas of focus have been health systems, reproductive health, global health, public health, gender, and other public health issues. She has gained wide experience in teaching and supervising postgraduate students in her academic career at the University of Zimbabwe, Uppsala University (Sweden) and University of Western Cape (South Africa), where she is currently working. She has participated in a number of research projects using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has wide experience in health systems research, program planning, management, monitoring and evaluation, public health, general administration, policy formulation and analysis, and community development, training, and teaching. She had an opportunity to work with NGOs, Department of Health, in their implementation of various health projects and programs. Her duties also involved coordination and facilitation of workshops at local, regional, and international conferences on specific health-related issues such as maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other development programs. Her fieldwork also included project evaluation, feasibility studies, baseline surveys, and quantitative and participatory research studies. She has also worked with NGOs and Donor Organizations on Public Health Programs and other development issues. Coordinating these various activities and stakeholders also provided her with an excellent opportunity to manage project funding.