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The SOPH has alumni across the African continent and beyond, who have brought their training at UWC to bear on their work in public health systems and civil society.

Since 2012 the SOPH has annually honoured one of its alumni, who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public health, with the Jakes Gerwel Award.

The Annual Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health, made possible through a grant by The Mauerberger Foundation Fund, honours the former Rector and Vice Chancellor of UWC Professor Jakes Gerwel as a visionary leader who went on to join President Nelson Mandela as the Director General in his cabinet office.

As UWC Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerwel advocated passionately for and supported development of South Africa‘s first School of Public Health. He clearly saw the need for UWC to focus on public health practice that led to measurable improvements in peoples‘ health and policy that was based on solid science. Over the last few years the UWC School of Public Health has achieved these aspirations.

Award Winners


Dr Kirstie Rendall-Mkosi receives the first Jakes Gerwel Award  in recognition of her demonstrated leadership in areas of teaching, research and community engagement in health promotion, health systems research and primary health care. She was also acknowledged for carrying out research projects related to the prevention of foetal alcohol syndrome, the development of innovative training on heat stress for miners and health promotion in schools. Read more



Dr Kariem (MBChB, MPhil Public Health, FCPHM, EMBA) was extensively involved in the restructuring of health services in the country since 1990 at local, provincial and national levels and played a major leadership role in policy formulation in the health sector. He served as the ANC National Health Secretary (1996 to 2006) and served on the Council for Medical Schemes (2001 to 2008). He was COO and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital (2005 to 2010). Since 2010 he is the Chief Director: General Specialist and Emergency Services in the Western Cape Department of Health. Read more  

Mr Evans Sagawa awarded the 2015 Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health


Evans Sagwa is the Country Director for the USAID-funded SIAPS and SCMS projects in Nambia, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). He liases closely with USAID to support the MInistry of Health and Social Services and other key partners in Namibia to strengthen the country's public sector pharmaceutical services for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and AIDS. Read more    

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