Dr. Mvuyo Tom, Co-Director of the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health and Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, says that strengthening South Africa’s health services requires nothing less than three bold steps: Identify what competencies are needed at the district health level. Look at what the competencies currently are. And then fill the gap.
Dr. Tom brings a rich background to his roles in South African academia and health care. With roots on the Eastern Cape, his undergraduate years were at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his post-graduate studies at University of the Witwatersrand, a.k.a. Wits University.
Dr. Tom went abroad for part of his studies, earning a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in England.
He’s been focused on health and human rights for over twenty years. In 1994, he was honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights “in recognition of extraordinary personal dedication to improving the health of the disadvantaged in South Africa.”