Prof Varsha Bangalee is a qualified pharmacist. She is an academic in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she is also responsible for the supervision of post-graduate students. She additionally is a lecturer on the on-line Master’s program in Pharmacoeconomics. She qualified with a degree in Pharmacy (2002) from UKZN, after which she practiced in both the public and private hospital sectors (10 years). She completed her Masters degree in the field of Pharmacoeconomics, UKZN (2013), followed by her PhD in 2017. Her priority research area is in health systems strengthening - with a particular focus on health/pharmaceuticals policy analysis and development; medicine pricing and availability and pharmacovigilance policy/systems.