UCT Inaugural Lecture: Professor Susan Cleary

01 March 2024

Dear colleagues and students

I write to invite you to the second lecture of 2024 in the University of Cape Town (UCT) Inaugural Lecture Series, which will be presented by Professor Susan Cleary, head and director of UCT’s School of Public Health. The lecture is titled “Bending the arc towards health equity”.

Through these lectures, which are a central part of academic life, recently appointed professors get to share insights into their academic work. It is also through these lectures that the university gets to showcase our academics and share our research with members of the broader university community and the general public in an accessible way.

Professor Cleary is a leader in health economics research and teaching in South Africa and has made key contributions to the discipline in Africa and globally. Throughout her career, she has been driven by health equity questions and sought to promote equity through her research and policy work. To do so, she has developed substantial strengths in economic evaluation methodologies, decision analytic modelling and the economic burden of disease. She holds a Master’s in Economics (2001) and a PhD in Public Health (2007), assessing equity and efficiency in HIV treatment in South Africa.

Throughout her career, Professor Cleary has been absorbed by the concept of health equity: what does it mean, how can it be measured, and most importantly, how can greater levels of health equity be achieved in a country like South Africa, given devastating levels of income inequality?

Please join us for her inaugural lecture, where she will reflect on the academic and policy contributions that she has made in this terrain. She will also talk about the key successes in the early days of HIV treatment and ongoing challenges in the areas of universal health coverage and National Health Insurance. She will conclude her lecture with a vision towards health equity for the second half of her career.

Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IDM Building

Time: 17:00 SAST


Emer Prof Daya Reddy
Vice-Chancellor interim

Read previous communications:

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Please view the republishing articles page for more information.