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Marian Jacobs, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa


MARIAN JACOBS is a public health pediatrician and Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, from which she retired as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2012.

During a career spanning almost four decades, she has been actively involved in child health, higher education, health policy and health research development at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, as well as globally.

At the University, she founded the Children’s Institute, which continues to provide evidence to guide policies and practices to promote child-wellbeing, and to advocate for equitable access to quality care and services for children.

She has contributed to leadership of health and development initiatives in the state and in civil society in South Africa; and globally, she has led the boards of the Center for Health Research (“ICDDRB”) in Bangladesh, the Council on Health Research for Development in Geneva, and the African Population and Health Research Centre, based in Kenya.

She continues her commitment to advancing global health equity through efforts such as her membership of the Advisory Committees of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Doris Duke Foundation-funded Africa Health Initiative.

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