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Specialist Scientist, Health Systems, South African Medical Research Council

Dr Kim Jonas is a public health specialist with extensive experience in the field of public health including but not limited to HIV and AIDS, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, monitoring and evaluations, and research management and coordination. Dr Jonas is currently a specialist scientist in the Health Systems Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In this position she conducts research related to: health systems strengthening, improving healthcare access and use under the context of UHC, policy implementation and evaluation, improving adolescents and young people’s health and wellbeing (such as access to sexual and reproductive health care services and use).

She coordinates UHC related activities where she is responsible for organizing webinars and forum discussions focusing on UHC and the National Health Insurance (NHI) current debates within the organization. She also supervises postgraduate students from international and local universities where she acts as the academic co-supervisor. Dr Jonas has published a number of peer reviewed papers and is also a reviewer of some well-known journals such as the BMC Public Health journal. She is a member of a national technical working (TWG) for adolescents and youth HIV prevention TWG which is coordinated by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).

She obtained her PhD from Maastricht University in the Netherlands in 2017; her Master’s (2013) and Bachelor’s degrees (2007, 2009) from the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has several other training certificates from different international and local institutions.


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    Specialist Scientist, Health Systems , South African Medical Research Council