David Sanders headed the SOPH from its inception in 1993 till 2009. He has over 30 years’ experience in public health and primary health care in Zimbabwe and South Africa and has worked extensively with governments, the WHO, UNICEF and other agencies in child health, nutrition and health human resources. He is active in various civil society organisations that promote social justice and Health for All.
David’s qualifications are in paediatrics and public health and his main interests are health and development, child health, nutrition, primary health care and human resource development. He is the author of many peer reviewed articles and three books: The Struggle for Health; Questioning the Solution; and Fatal Indifference:The G8, Africa and Global Health.
David was Heath Clark Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2005 and an Honorary Professor at that institution from 2005 to 2007. He is a Visiting Professor at Charité–Universitätsmedizin, Berlin as well as at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway, with which he continues to collaborate. He has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT from July 2013 and as Professor in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia from August 2013.
In 2012 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UCT in recognition of his contribution to the development of policies and programmes in primary health care nationally and internationally. In 2013 he was the recipient of the International Academic Partnership Merit Award from the Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, and in 2014 he received the Public Health Innovation and Lifetime Achievement (PHILA) Award from the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).