David Sanders was awarded an honorary doctorate in medical science. Sanders is an iconic figure in the field of public health, nationally, regionally and internationally. He has pioneered thinking on the implementation of the World Health Organisation's model of primary health care, with its emphasis on equity and health as a right.
His work has contributed to advancing understanding of primary health care as a framework for health and development and to improvements in child health through research, teaching and training, and policy advocacy and service development.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.