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Professor and Divisional Director, Ezintsha, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Francois Venter is the Divisional Director of Ezintsha. He holds qualifications in MBCCH, MMED, FCP (SA) DTM&H and a Diploma in HIV Management. Prof Venter has expertise in HIV programme implementation, including antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infection prophylaxis, human resource allocation, data systems and service integration, having led large PEPFAR-funded HIV programmes. He has extensive training experience, supervises local and international Master’s and PhD students, and is moderator for the regional Diplomas in HIV Medicine, and Sexual Health and HIV for the Southern African Colleges of Medicine. Professor Venter leads multiple antiretroviral treatment optimisation studies, has an active interest in public sector access to HIV services, medical ethics and human rights. He is an advisor to the South African government, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) and WHO and is an active participant on numerous guidelines, policy committees and working groups which include the HIV expert review subcommittee of ARV Procurement Committee, National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs Steering Committee 2017-2022 and the WHO Technical working group on HIV resistance. In 2018 Professor Venter contributed towards 23 manuscripts which were published in ISI indexed journals.