Medical Anthropologist, University of the Witwatersrand

Bent Steenberg is a Scandinavian medical anthropologist who studies poorly understood aspects of implemented HIV care in southern Africa — retention, drug adherence, prevention, stigma and the ‘missing ten percent’ in UN's 90-90-90 goals. Bent is also interested in African immigration and social dimensions of disease such as disclosure, medical pluralism and broader structural vulnerabilities to illness. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in Mozambican and South African clinics and hospitals adhering to an ethnographic research approach based upon life history interviews. Bent’s writing focuses on how perceptions of disease inflect behaviours and attitudes in local health worlds. He is presently authoring a book for an American university press while based at the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. As a pastime, he acts as an organiser for Johannesburg’s InterNations expatriate community and tinkers with a documentary film project about ordinary people living with antiretroviral therapy.

Experience

  • –present
    Medical Anthropologist, University of the Witwatersrand