Thank you for attending the 2017 U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Johannesburg!


The theme for the 2017 annual meeting was 'Global Health: Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models'. The meeting featured plenary sessions on the following topics: Global Health, Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health, Mental Health, Women and Children's Health, and HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

A one-day Doctoral Student Forum took place on Monday 18 September. On Tuesday 19 September, two workshops on current U21 HSG projects were scheduled: SDG workshop (morning) and Clinical Simulation (afternoon).

A selection of presentations and reports from this meeting are listed below.

Tuesday 19 September

Wednesday 20 September

Thursday 21 September

Friday 22 September


Dear U21 Health Sciences Group members

Welcome to the dedicated page for the U21 Health Sciences 2017 Annual Meeting that will hosted by the University of Johannesburg during 18-22 September 2017.

We’d like to warmly thank the University of Birmingham for hosting a very successful meeting in September 2016 on “Resolving Global Health issues leading to improvements in Health and Wellbeing”.

The U21 Health Sciences Group is unique in many ways. It provides a safe and friendly space for Health Sciences Faculty throughout the world to exchange and learn from each other. Our annual event isn’t a conference but a meeting and this semantic distinction is important to us. We want to make sure participants have the opportunity to listen to experts on innovative ideas and important research findings, especially from a regional perspective, but we also expect participants to get involved in the discussions, whether it be by sharing what they do best in their institutions, by seeking inspiration from colleagues or by contributing their ideas to some of our joint activities and projects.

Welcome from Prof Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg

The U21 HSG is a community of like-minded Health Sciences Faculty and Staff who seek to work collaboratively to achieve more than might be possible for each institution working alone or through traditional bilateral relationships. This community has been continuously growing for the past 15 years and we hope you will join us in Johannesburg to meet colleagues from U21 institutions and learn with, from and about each other to advance Health Sciences education and research.

We look forward to seeing you in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2017!

Prof Andre Swart, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg and Deputy Chair, U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee
Caroline Voisine, U21 Health Sciences Executive Officer