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27 September 2013
The Annual David Sanders Lecture

Prof Helen Schneider, Director, UWC School of Public Health, is pleased to invite you to

The Annual David Sanders Lecture in Public Health and Social Justice, featuring

Prof Shula Marks: "Contesting Healthcare, 1930-2013: South Africa's Experience of Social Medicine in International Perspective"

Friday 27 September 2013, 17:30 - Reception to Follow

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (Robert Sobukwe Rd, Bellville)

RSVP Lynette Martin (, (021)959 2132)

Shula Marks: 'Contesting Health Care, 1930-2013: South Africa's experience of social medicine in international perspective'.

The miracles of modern medicine have never been more miraculous, yet the numbers of people dying of preventable diseases have probably never been higher than at the present time. Our television screens present an image of the most remarkable cures – side by side with visions of human illness and despair, even in the most affluent countries of the world.Inequalities in health are not simply marked between societies but within them, and while the private and public expenditure on health care climbs ever higher, this is in general a poor guide to the health of the national population as a whole. This is as true in most of the 'developed' as it is in the 'developing' countries. Devising appropriate and affordable health care delivery systems is widely acknowledged to be one of the crucial issues of our time, widely debated and contested. In this lecture in honour of Emeritus Professor David Sanders I look at South Africa's experience of these contestations in an international context at three 'moments': in the 1940s and 50s, the 1970s and 80s, and since 1994.

Shula Marks was born in Cape Town; she emigrated to the UK in 1960 and received her doctorate from the University of London in 1967. Since then she has lectured and written widely on late-nineteenth and twentieth century South African history, including the history of health care in South Africa. Apart from ten years between 1982 and 1992 as Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, she spent her academic life at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow. She has honorary degrees from the Universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg, is an Honorary Professor of the University of Cape Town, an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and Fellow of the British Academy (now Emeritus). Beyond the academy, she is currently on the Council of the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, and spent thirty years on the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics which she chaired for ten years.