Leanne is a medical doctor with a Masters degree in Public Health. She aims to address systematic health inequalities and improve access to health care in rural areas of South Africa. She has a background in community development and HIV/AIDS education/counselling/project design. Prior to joining the Keiskamma Trust team, she volunteered for the Centre for the study of AIDS (Pretoria) from 2001-2007 as an AIDS educator, and AIDS counsellor. She was also a project manager for school based HIV/AIDS South Africa Student Volunteer Organisation (SASVO) where she worked with a team of community health workers and established an education project in Venda. She is a South African doctor who trained at Pretoria University and completed her medical internship in the Eastern Cape at Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospital. Her main interests are in the field of community health and she has a specific interest in eye care. She has worked in the field of community health in a number of low resource settings including South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi and India.
Leanne joined the Keiskamma Trust as a public health doctor in June 2012. Her position is health program adviser and CIDA co-coordinator. Her role will include monitoring and evaluation of the CIDA program, advising the strategic direction of the health program, liaising with government and other stakeholders, and training and supporting the CHWs.
Leanne has already become a vibrant member of the Hamburg community. She’s a very busy lively person and in addition to her job she’s building a rondavel for herself! She’s a keen cyclist and has signed up for the fundraising marathon bike ride, ‘Dust for Development Treble Tour’ this autumn. Leanne sums it all up before she speeds off to her next assignment, ‘It’s great to be joining the Keiskamma team!’