Professor Diana Gibson Public Lecture
03 Jun 2015
Prof Diana Gibson at the Public Lecture in Windhoek
The NCRST recently organised a public lecture on Plants as players in the health care system in South Africa, presented by Professor Diana Gibson, from the University of the Western Cape.
Diana Gibson is a trained anthropologist specialising in the field of medical anthropology. She has published in national and international peer reviewed journals on hospital ethnography, transformation of the South African health care system, ex-combatants and trauma, gender, sexuality and reproductive health, masculinity, gender based violence, tuberculosis and the use of plant medicines among the Ju/’hoansi San in Namibia as well as on the literacy and numeracy practices of farm workers in the Western Cape. She was the Co-ordinator of the international executive course on Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Fertility of the Amsterdam Masters in Medical Anthropology for ten years. She is a Research Fellow of the International Phytomedicine Center at the University of Stellenbosch.
Some of Prof Gibson's current projects include:
Human capacity development: Training health care providers and traditional health care practitioners on collaboration and training related to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Prof O.Oloyede is co-leader. A large number of traditional Health Practitioners have been trained in HIV prevention and care in this project.
NRF.THUTHUKA: The making of an African medicine. This project falls in the interface between indigenous knowledge (e.g. of plants) and the ‘traditions’ of science and medicine. It interrogates the ‘transformation’ of knowledge, the assumptions, rituals and contestations between traditional African phytomedicines and the processes of studying it scientifically, as wells as its ‘testing’ during clinical trials.
CODESRIA: Women in Primary Health Care. A Comparative Study between Cape Town South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe. This two-country comparative project compares the position of women in Cape Town and Harare in relation to issues of gender and primary health care, two decades after implementation.
Download her presentton here