Annual Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health

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.

Mr Evans Sagawa awarded the 2016 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.

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Dr Saadiq Kariem awarded the 2015 Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health

The second Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health by the UWC School of Public Health was made to Dr Saadiq Kariem. The award, to a graduate in Public Health of the School, is sponsored by the Mauerberger Foundation Fund, a private philanthropy with a long history of support to UWC.

From left - Dr Saadiq Kariem, Mrs Dianna Yach (Chairperson and Director - Mauerberger Foundation Fund). Prof Helen Schneider (Director of School of Public Health, UWC), Mr Heinrich Gerwel, Prof David Sanders (nominated Dr Kariem for award), Prof Brian O'Connell (UWC Vice Chancellor) 

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Dr Kirstie Rendall-Mkosi receives the first Jakes Gerwel Award

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. 


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