Prof Mosa Moshabela


Prof Mosa Moshabela


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Howard College


Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation (Acting), University of
KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Professor Mosa Moshabela currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation (Acting) at the at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was until December 2020, the Dean and Head of School of Nursing and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences. He is a chief medical specialist, having trained as a medical practitioner (MBChB), and specialized in Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (M Fam. Med). He further completed a Masters in Demography and Health (MSc), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Public Health, with a specific focus on health systems and policy research. He is Adjunct Faculty and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa. His research portfolio in implementation science and health systems research cuts across multiple disciplines, and involves the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in public healthcare services and programmes, and seeks to improve access, quality and equity in healthcare, in ways appropriate for resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Although his work is largely grounded in HIV and TB research, he is a Family Physician, and a generalist primary healthcare practitioner. He is currently leading a team to establish a new research institute focused on research for societal impact, the Institute of People-centred Health. Recently, he was convener of the COVID-19 response team at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and advisor to the Department of Health, provincially through the ‘War Room’ for COVID-19 in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, and nationally through the technical working group of the Ministerial Advisory Committee. Further, he is currently the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and chairperson of a sub-committee to evaluate and report on the national Health sector response to COVID-19 in South Africa. Internationally, he am a member (2018-2020) of the Lancet Commission on Synergies between Health Promotion, Universal Health Coverage and Global Health Security, and US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine commission member on Human Resources for Health in Rwanda (2018-2020) and the Global Roadmap towards Healthy Longevity (2019-2021) commissions

Research Interests

  • Research on Strengthening Health Systems and implementing Health Policy relevant to resource-poor   settings in Africa
  • Access to and utilisation of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis comprehensive care and treatment in resource-poor settings
  • The practice of medical pluralism and use of plural health care systems in relation to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Implementation science and quality improvement in primary health care services for resource-poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Research on strengthening health care services for maternal, neonatal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The employ of community health workers to strengthen human resources for health in resource-poor settings
  • Use of home-based care and non-profit organisations for health and social services as the extension of the health care system in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Transforming the education of medical students and other health professionals to meet the needs of health care systems and local communities in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Decentralisation of health care services in the health system and devolution of roles among primary health care professionals in rural communities
  • Integration of the scientific evidence underpinning health, social and economic interventions for the purposes of human development in organised communities
Published Manuscripts:

  1. MacPherson P, Mosa Moshabela, Neil Martinson, Paul Pronyk. Mortality and loss to follow-up among HAART initiators in rural South Africa Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2009, 103:588-593.
  2.  Jonathan E. Golub, Paul Pronyk, Lerato Mohapi, Nkeko Tshabangu, Mosa Moshabela, Helen Struthers, Glenda E. Gray, James A. McIntyre, Richard E. Chaisson, Neil A. Martinson. Isoniazid preventive therapy, HAART and tuberculosis risk in HIV-infected adults in South Africa: a prospective cohort. AIDS 2009, 23:631–636.
  3.  Venkatesh KK, de Bruyn G, Lurie MN, Lentle K, Tshabangu N, Moshabela M, Martinson N. Patient referral from nurses to doctors in a nurse-led HIV primary care clinic in South Africa: implications for training and support. AIDS Care 2010
  4.  Kartik K Venkatesh, Guy de Bruyn, Mark N Lurie, Lerato Mohapi, Paul Pronyk, Mosa Moshabela, Edmore Marinda, Glenda E Gray, Elizabeth W Triche, Neil A Martinson. Changes in sexual behavior in the era of HAART among HIV-infected urban and rural South Africans attending primary care clinics AIDS 2010
  5.  Moshabela, M., P. Pronyk, N. Williams, H. Schneider, and M. Lurie. 2011. “Patterns and implications of medical pluralism among HIV/AIDS patients in rural South Africa.” AIDS and Behavior Volume 15, Issue 4 (2011), Page 842.
  6. Lisa Kakinami, Guy De Bruyn, Paul Pronyk, Lerato Mohapi, Nkeko Tshabangu, Mosa Moshabela, James Mcintyre, Neil A. Martinson. 2011. The Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy on Activities of Daily Living in HIV-Infected Adults in South Africa AIDS & Behavior, Volume 15, Issue 4 (2011), Page 823.
  7.  Moshabela M, Schneider H, Cleary S, Pronyk P, Eyles J. Does accessibility to antiretroviral care improve after ‘down-referral’ of patients from hospitals to health centres in rural South Africa? AJAR 2011, 10(4): 393–401
  8. Cleary Susan, Birch Stephen, Moshabela Mosa, Schneider Helen. Unequal access to ART: exploratory results from rural and urban case studies of ART use BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections 2012, 88: 141-146
  9.  Moshabela M, MacPherson P, Ezard N, Frean E, Mashimbye L, Elliot J, Oldenburg B. Clinical and social-environmental factors associated with diarrhoeal disease in a rural HIV/AIDS clinic, South Africa: a case-control study Int J STD & AIDS, 2012; 23(5):346-50
  10.  Moshabela M, Schneider H, Cleary S, Silal S. Factors associated with patterns of plural healthcare utilization among patients taking antiretroviral therapy in rural and urban South Africa: a cross-sectional study BMC Health Serv Res, 2012
  11. Helen Schneider, Veloshnee Govender, Bronwyn Harris, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Susan Cleary, Mosa Moshabela, Stephen Birch. Gender inequalities in access to HIV care in South Africa: a mixed methods exploratory study. TMIH 2012
  12.  Boniface R, Moshabela M, Zulliger R, MacPherson P, Nyasulu P. Correlates of Delayed Pulmonary Tuberculosis Diagnosis among HIV-Infected Pulmonary Tuberculosis Suspects in a Rural HIV Clinic, South Africa: A retrospective cohort study Tuberc Res Treat 2012
  13. Lucie Cluver, Mark Orkin, Mosa Moshabela, Caroline Kuo & Mark Boyes. The hidden harm of home-based care: Pulmonary tuberculosis symptoms among children providing home medical care to HIV/AIDS-affected adults in South Africa, AIDS Care 2013 25(6): 748-755
  14. Van Pletzen E, Zulliger R, Moshabela M, Schneider H. “The size, characteristics and partnership networks of the health-related non-profit sector in three regions of South Africa: implications of changing primary health care policy for community-based care”. Health Policy & Planning 2013
  15.  Rose Zulliger, Mosa Moshabela, Helen Schneider. “She is my teacher and if it was not for her I would be dead”: Exploration of rural South African community health workers’ information, education and communication activities. AIDS Care 2013
  16.  Mosa Moshabela, Shira Gitomer, Bongiwe Qhibi, Helen Schneider. Development of non-profit organisations providing health and social services in rural South Africa: a three-year longitudinal study. PLoS ONE 2013 8(12)
  17. Ilona Sips, Ahmed Haeri Mazanderani, Helen Schneider, Minrie Greeff, Francoise Barten, Mosa Moshabela. Community care workers, poor referral networks and consumption of personal resources in rural South Africa. PLoS ONE 2014 9(4)
  18. Marija Pantelic, Lucie Cluver, Mark Boyes, Elona Toska, Caroline Kuo, Mosa Moshabela. Medical pluralism predicts non-ART use among parents in need of ART: a community survey in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. AIDS and Behavior 2014 (In Press)


Submitted Manuscripts

  1. Robinson N, Moshabela M, Owusu-Ansah L, Kapungu C, Geller S. Barriers to Intrauterine Device Uptake in a rural Ghana Setting. Health Care for Women International 2014 (Initial Review)
  2. Jana Fried, Bronwyn Harries, Mosa Moshabela, John Eyles. “Acceptable Care? Illness Constructions, Healthworlds and Accessible Chronic Treatment in South Africa” Qualitative Health Research 2013 (Final Review)
  3. Elisabeth Becker, Caroline Kuo, Don Operario, Mosa Moshabela, Lucie Cluver. Assessing adult-child concordance for a HIV/AIDS verbal diagnostic tool: agreement between adult and child reports on the HIV/AIDS status of adults caring for children in South Africa. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2014 (Initial Review)
  4. Mosa Moshabela, Massamba Sene, Ingrid Nanne, Yombo Tankoano, Jennifer Schafer, Oumulkhairy Diouf, Sonia Sachs. Early detection of maternal deaths in Senegal through household-based death notification: integrated verbal and social autopsy. BMC Health Services Research 2013 (Initial Review)
  5. Birch S, Govender V, Fried J, Eyles J, Daries V, Moshabela M, Cleary S. Does treatment collection and observation each day keep the patient away? Analysing the determinants of adherence among patients with Tuberculosis in South Africa. SSM 2014 (Initial Review)
  6. Ingrid Nanne, Mosa Moshabela, Ousmane Mbaye, Uyen Huynh. When development breeds contempt: case studies of community-driven health systems initiatives from Senegal and Mali, West Africa. International Journal of Development 2014 (Submission)
  7. Mosa Moshabela, Helen Schneider. Evolution of non-profit organizations providing health and social services in rural South Africa: a three-year longitudinal study. Journal of Organizational Behaviour 2014 (Submission)