Prof. Laetitia  Rispel

DST/NRF SARChi Chair on the health workforce for equity and quality

Professor Laetitia Rispel holds a South African Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation Research Chair, entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality and is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand.  In January 2017, she completed her five-year term as the Head of the Wits School of Public Health. From 2001 until 2006, she was the Head of the Gauteng Department of Health.

Professor Rispel has extensive and wide-ranging experience of research, teaching, and health leadership in different settings, and has published extensively on different aspects of health policy and the transformation of the South African health system.  She has won several national and international awards, including the South African Shoprite/Checkers/SABC2 woman of the year award in the health category (2003); International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society (2013); Gauteng branch of the South African Medical Association award in the allied category (2013); University vice-chancellor’s academic citizenship award (2014); Academy of Science of South Africa membership award (2015).

She is a member of the inaugural International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care. In May 2018, assumed the presidency of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the first African woman in the 50-year history of the organization to achieve this honour.