Stefanus Snyman (MB, Ch. B; M. Phil (HealthScEd); DOM) is Chairperson of AfrIPEN tasked to develop AfrIPEN’s organisational capacity and structure. He is also responsible to create a web-based platform to share IPE learning and teaching resources and to facilitate the development of a collaborative research framework and grant application(s) for AfrIPEN. Stefanus is a health professions educationist and researcher with experience in competency-based interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP). He is passionate to make a valuable contribution towards person-centred care and strengthening of systems for health in Africa by equipping healthcare workers to serve as effective change agents in addressing health needs of communities. He is contributor to WHO initiatives to transform and scale up health workforce education and training. Stefanus is also an mHealth instigator and facilitator of the innovation leading to the establishment of the International mICF Partnership developing the ICanFunction mobile solution (mICF), utilising patient-driven big data and artificial intelligence to inform interprofessional predictive, individualised continuity of care. mICF forms part of the work plan of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the WHO’s Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC). He qualified as an occupational medicine practitioner with a special interest in functioning and disability, work-related upper limb disorders, executive burnout, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. He is member of FRDG (WHO-FIC), Advisory Board of Journal of Interprofessional Care, and In-2-Theory Network for international interprofessional scholarship, education and practice.

Marius Hedimbi (PhD, MSc (Applied Microbiology), BSc (Biology and Chemistry) is vice-chairperson of AfrIPEN. He is Director for the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at University of Namibia. His research focuses on the following areas: Medicinal plant research especially on HIV/AIDS, and human microbial pathogens. Other areas of interests: Medical Microbiology, Medical Parasitology, Virology, Bacteriology and medical mycology. Current research focus on validation of medicinal plants as source of novel compounds to treat or cure human diseases such as HIV. I’m also interested in photochemical analysis of medicinal plants with positive anti-microbial properties. I also have great interest in analysis of nutritional qualities of local/traditional food.

Kitty Uys (PhD), secretary of AfrIPEN and co-lead co-lead of the AfrIPEN Working Group conducting a survey on what Institutions have available on IPE and what is needed regarding IPE. She is Head of Occupational Therapy at the University of kwaZulu-Natal.  After 12 years of lecturing at the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria, she has made a lateral move to the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC). From a medical focus to disability, her interest grew to social focus on disability with a conviction for holistic interventions. Initially, Kitty was working mainly in a multi-professional model with young children with disabilities, but realised that the gaps in this model does not contribute to sustainable intervention for families in South Africa.  Therefore, she changed to trans-disciplinary post-graduate training at the CAAC. Families are pivotal in sustainable intervention and in a country where the top-down medical approach is still prevalent, and empowerment of families to participate equally in the healthcare process became one of her research areas. Other research areas include development and validation of measurement tools to provide valid outcomes. Outcome-based research feeds into determining effectiveness of interventions, an area still open for new developments.

Gerda Reitsma (PhD in Teaching and Learning), treasurer of AfrIPEN, is professor at the North-West University’s Faculty of Health Science. Before that she completed her MSc in Home Economics, with a dissertation on Community Nutrition Education programmes. Her main focus of research is Health Science Education in the Higher Education context, with specific reference to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Professional Staff Development and Interprofessional Education. She has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research, as both of these approaches were used in her post-graduate studies and other research projects in which she was involved over the past 10 years. Her research projects over the past 10 years included topics such as technology in education, assessment, teaching-and learning innovation, interprofessional education and scholarship of learning and teaching.

Yvonne Botma is an associate professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Free State. She is leading the AfrIPEN terams developing short courses for IPE facilitators, the development of  a collaborative research framework and the production of a themed edition on IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Journal of Interprofessional Care. She obtained an educational grant from the National Foundation of research to initiate an IPE programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Since the conception and implementation of IPE in 2013 it has expanded to not only include all fourth year students in the seven health profession in the faculty but also some from another neighbouring university. The didactic unfolding simulated patient simulation sessions serve as preparation for the students to practice collaboratively on the rural clinical platform. In addition to interprofessional collaborative practice. Yvonne also conduct research on programme development, critical thinking and clinical judgment, as well as transfer of learning.\

Milika Matiti (PhD in Nursing) is responsible for involving the African diaspora in AfrIPEN. She is co-lead for Interprofessional Education, University of Lincoln, College of Social Science, School of Health and Social Care (UK). Her interests includes patient dignity, interprofessional education, diversity and culture. She developed a dignity education programme for an NHS Trust and is a member of its Dignity Forum. Malika helped develop the Royal College of Nursing Dignity e-Learning. She is member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council working group that developed the Essential Skills Clusters: communication, care and compassion. She is also leading a Collaborative Interprofessional Education Undergraduate project between a health trust and university. Malika is a member of CAIPE and executive/trustee member of Malawi Health Care Support (UK) Charity)

Gaolatlhe Mothoagae (BSc, MPH) is co-lead of the AfrIPEN Working Group conducting a survey on what Institutions have available on IPE and what is needed regarding IPE. She is also facilitating Community-based Education at the Centre for Health Science Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.



Mathys Labuschagne (MB ChB, M Med(OPHTH), PhD (Health Professions Education) is responsible for the AfrIPEN working group compiling a collection of our IPE stories from Sub-Saharan Africa. Mathys is Head: Simulation and Skills Unit, School of Medicine at University of the Free State. These responsibilities include general supervision, administrative and business planning, promotion of the Clinical Simulation and Skills Unit, development of business opportunities, financial planning and funding opportunities for the simulation unit. He is also involved in the planning, coordination, participation and promotion of research in the unit, as well as supervision for Masters’ and Doctoral students.

Dalena van Rooyen is Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University. She is leading the AfrIPEN team producing generic IPE policies and guidelines that can be adapted by various authorities to promote and endorse IPE. She was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Nursing in South Africa in 2011 for her extra-ordinary contribution to the field of health care in South Africa with her work as the research coordinator and executive committee member for the Forum for University Nursing Deans in South Africa. Prof van Rooyen has made a major contribution to Nursing Education in the Eastern Cape and has managed a substantial grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to build capacity in the Province. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international.

Firdouza Waggie (MSc (Physiotherapy), PhD) is co-lead in producing a themed edition on IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Journal of Interprofessional Care. She is Head of the Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning Unit at the University of the Western Cape. The main function of the unit is to co-ordinate, develop and evaluate interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the faculties of Community and Health Sciences and Dentistry. Her research interest is in the area of health professions education with a focus on interprofessional curriculum development, community-based education (specifically service-learning) and school-based health promotion.