Researchers | Human Health Cluster

Scope of the Human Health Cluster:

The Human Health Cluster aims to generate vital information to support the programme for the elimination of malaria, inform policy and guide the implementation of interventions. The cluster focuses on the human health aspects of malaria intervention strategies. Community participation is emphasised in the research projects in order to ensure that they are part of the decision making and sustainability of successful interventions. In collaboration with national and provincial malaria control programmes and other malaria control partners and funders, the UP ISMC participates in operational research activities to inform policies on malaria diagnostics and first line anti-malarial medicines in addition to decision making regarding malaria elimination strategies. Health promotion and education with the affected community members forms part of the cluster’s research objectives and methods. The cluster furthermore has a strong track record for its work on public health effects of compounds used for malaria vector control. Several published epidemiologic studies investigating the human health consequences of pesticide exposure have assisted in informing current policy. Projects examining the potential effects of exposure to DDT and pyrethroids on child neurodevelopment are ongoing and a number of projects soon to be initiated will focus on alternative malaria control methods and health.

Researchers mainly involved with research in the Human Health Cluster:

New Cluster Chairperson to be identified

Prof MS (Riana) Bornman
     UP ISMC Management Committee member
     Established Researcher (NRF B2) 

Department: School of Health Systems and Public Health
Expertise: Toxicology, andrology, public health

Tel:  +27 (0)12 319 2206
Email: [email protected]

Prof AK (Andy) Beke

Department: School of Health Systems and Public Health
Expertise: Monitoring & Evaluation, health promotion, policy

Tel:  +27 (0)12 356 3255
Email: [email protected]

Prof C (Tiaan) de Jager
     Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria; 
Director: UP ISMC
     Established Researcher (NRF C1)     

Department: School of Health Systems and Public Health
Expertise: Toxicology, public health

Tel:  +27 (0)12 319 2191
Email: [email protected]

Dr T (Taneshka) Kruger
Project Manager & Coordinator: UP ISMC

Department: School of Health Systems and Public Health
Expertise: Malaria education, awareness creation, health promotion

Tel:  +27 (0)12 319 2381
Email: [email protected]

Dr IS (Sunday) Ukpe

Department: Family Medicine
Expertise: Malaria case management

Tel:  +27 (0)13 741 6100
Email: [email protected]





Published by Taneshka Kruger

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