Dr. Peter Delobelle

Peter Delobelle is a medical doctor with a background in the public and private sectors. Having worked as general practitioner, specialist in training, and medical journalist (as associate editor of several newsletters) he eventually became a public health practitioner through his field work for the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières.

On arriving in South Africa in 2004, Peter worked on HIV/ AIDS/TB referral systems in Limpopo province which resulted in the development of a health promoting hospital. He became interested in global health and health systems research through his affiliation with the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Belgium, and with SOPH. His research focuses on health systems and promotion in the fields of HIV/AIDS, non-communicable disease (especially diabetes), maternal and child health, and health information systems. He has a keen interest in system dynamics modelling and complexity science and is involved in projects with national and international partners. Peter was actively involved in the International Union for Health Promotion & Education and acted as the European co-ordinator for its student and early career network.


Alastair K. Ager, Martina Lembani, Abdulaziz Mohammed, Garba Mohammed Ashir, Ahmad Abdulwahab, Helen de Pinho, Peter Delobelle and Christina Zarowsky. “Health Service Resilience in Yobe State, Nigeria in the Context of the Boko Haram Insurgency: A Systems Dynamics Analysis using Group Model Building.” Conflict and Health (2015) 9:30 DOI 10.1186/s13031-015-0056-3  http://www.conflictandhealth.com/

C BURMAN, M APHANE, R MAMABOLO, O MTAPURI, P DELOBELLE. The process of developing distributed-efficacy and social practice in the context of ‘ending AIDS. TD The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 11(1) July 2015, pp. 39-63.

Burman CJ, Aphane M, Delobelle P. Reducing the overall HIV-burden in South Africa: is ‘reviving ABC’ an appropriate fit for a complex, adaptive epidemiological HIV landscape? African Journal of AIDS Research. 2015 2015/01/02;14(1):13-28.

Burman CJ, Aphane M, Mtapuri O, Delobelle P. Expanding the prevention armamentarium portfolio: A framework for promoting HIV-Conversant Communities within a complex, adaptive epidemiological landscape. SAHARA: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance. 2015 Dec;12(1):18-29. PubMed PMID: 25888256.

Burman CJ, Moerschell L, Mamabolo R, Aphane M, Delobelle P. Re-imagining decision making: addressing a discrete social driver of HIV/AIDS through the lens of complexity science. African Journal of AIDS Research. 2015 2015/01/02;14(1):75-84.

Christopher J. Burman, Marota Aphane & Peter Delobelle. Weak signal detection: A discrete window of opportunity for achieving ‘Vision 90:90:90’? SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS: An Open Access Journal Volume 13, Issue 1, 2016; DOI:10.1080/17290376.2015.1123642

Delobelle P, Sanders D, Puoane T, Freudenberg N. Reducing the Role of the Food, Tobacco, and Alcohol Industries in Noncommunicable Disease Risk in South Africa. Health Education & Behavior 2016, Vol. 43(1S) 70S–81S

Mark Spires, Peter Delobelle, David Sanders, Thandi Puoane, Philipp Hoelzel, Rina Swart. Diet-related Non-communicable Diseases in South Africa: Determinants and Policy Responses. South African Health Review 2016. 

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