Assoc Prof Tracey Naledi

Deputy Dean : Health Services

Associate Professor Tracey Naledi is a medical doctor and a Public Health Physician who trained at UCT for both her undergraduate and postgraduate education. She has over the last two decades held technical & management positions in the Government and NGO sectors in South Africa and Botswana. She was most recently the Chief Director: Health Programmes in the Western Cape Department of Health. Her work has focussed on policy development, health system strengthening, addressing health inequity and strengthening systems for health.

Some of her career highlights include being part of the team that started the first PMTCT programme in the public sector in South Africa and providing compelling evidence of the feasibility of delivering this programme on the Primary Health Care platform in the public sector; being part of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) - a collaboration between the Government of Botswana, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Merck Company Foundation/Merck & Co., Inc., which supported the government of Botswana to develop a comprehensive approach for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support including delivering the first ARV programme in Africa. Dr Naledi co-chaired the first Burden of Disease Reduction Project in the Western Cape, a project on social determinants that became seminal to the development of an intersectoral agenda for the WCDOH and the WC Government. She established the first Health Impact Assessment Directorate in the Western Cape Department of Health where she also developed a structured program for Public Health Registrars. She also set up the first Provincial Health Research Committee with representation from all academic and research institutions in the province. She led the establishment of intersectoral wellness programmes in the province which includes the Western Cape on Wellness (WoW) and the First Thousand Days programmes. She was the Chief of Party for a large USAID funded primary health care project supporting five provinces in South Africa.

She is a past Board Member of Child Safe and the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA); current advisory Board Member of Perinatal Mental Health Project; founding Chairperson of Tekano, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa and a member of the Council for Public Health Medicine of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She is an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Dr Naledi is currently undertaking her PhD in Medicine focusing on Adolescent Health and HIV at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation at UCT. She is a Discovery Foundation Fellow and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation Fellow.