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Meet Helen Rees: Champion of public health

Written by: diannem

Professor Helen Rees is a global leader in the world of medical science and research, and has championed public health improvement with an emphasis on human rights throughout her career. Since 1994, she has been influential in shaping both national and global sexual and reproductive health policy and practice.

She shares her story of growing up in the UK, and how she ended up in South Africa, in this episode of FTFWS:

“One thing the country can quantify success on is policy development. We’ve gone for some of the hard things. And we continue to do that.”

Professor Helen Rees

“HIV post ‘94 was already on the cards - and came in with great impact, in a way none of us really anticipated when we went into those elections.”

Professor Helen Rees

“HIV post ‘94 was already on the cards - and came in with great impact, in a way none of us really anticipated when we went into those elections.”

Professor Helen Rees

“The policies we have developed have been far reaching and far thinking. The difficulty we’ve had is the implementation of those policies.”

Professor Helen Rees


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