Presented by Dr. Jawaya Shea, Director of the Child Health Unit in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Shea specializes in neonatal intensive care, public health and health administration. She worked within the Peninsula Maternal and Neonatal Services in Cape Town as a clinician and educator before joining the Western Cape Community Partnership Project team at the University of the Western Cape and Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1995 to advance community-based education, problem-based learning and collaborative curriculum development with academics, health service providers and communities. In 1997 she joined the Child Health Unit at the University of Cape Town to transform a block-release Masters program into a technology-based, mixed-mode program incorporating problem-based learning and community-based education.
She has considerable expertise in obstetric and neonatal health care, public health, primary health care, health systems management, health promotion, human resources for health (the public health workforce), policy development, child rights and advocacy, adolescent health, reproductive health, the integrated management of childhood illness, challenges and controversies that effect HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and control, communicable disease prevention and management, health information systems, essential support services, project management, good clinical practice, partnerships with human subjects in clinical research, and health systems research.
Her research and publication interests include maternal health, neonatal health, reproductive health, health promotion research, adolescent participation in clinical research, health workforce research, health behavior and lifestyle choices that impact on health, HIV & AIDS research, PMTCT program evaluation, educational research and policy analysis.
She also has expertise in curriculum development, adult learning practices, problem-based learning, community-based education, elearning, and integrated assessment practices in health professions education and training.
Her current focus is on the learning challenges in adult learners with interrupted learning trajectories and children living with HIV.
Jawaya was the UCT coordinationor for the Erasmus Mundus Master's in International Health Program and was a scholar to charite University in Berlin, Queen Margaret university in Scotland, and KIT in The Netherlands.