Health and Social Care lecturer delivers public lecture at top-ranked South African University

Women's empowerment in public health discussed in South African university by London Met lecturer Dr. Rochelle Burgess

During her visit to South Africa in March, London Met's lecturer in BSc Health and Social CareDr. Rochelle Burgess was hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Rural Health and School of Nursing and Public Health, where she presented a paper entitled "When women speak: Why women's empowerment matters to public health".

Dr. Burgess' paper discussed the importance of complicating definitions of and approaches to gender within public health practice, so that women's wider struggles with structural drivers of poor health outcomes, such as poverty, inequality, and gender norms could feature at the heart of effort to improve health outcomes.   

The presentation was attended by researchers and medical students from a number of Schools, including Psychology and the Social Sciences. 

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is currently ranked 4th in South Africa's university rankings, and internationally recognised for its faculty of medicine.