Professor John Ele-Ojo Ataguba

Calculating the cost of health

15 March 2018


NSTF-TW Kambule Award for an emerging researcher: post-doc in a period of up to six years after award of a PhD or equivalent
“The debates around how the country’s healthcare system can be transformed aroused my interest in the link between poverty, inequality and ill health in South Africa,” says the public health researcher. He is an associate professor in the Health Economics Unit of the school of public health and family medicine, faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town.


South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. Access to, and quality of, healthcare is an area in which the chasm between rich and poor is most starkly evident. Prof John Ele-Ojo Ataguba’s passion is to understand this reality, and the actions that could change it. “The debates around how the country’s healthcare system can be transformed aroused my interest in the link between poverty, inequality and ill health in South Africa,” says the public health researcher. He is an associate professor in the Health Economics Unit of the school of public health and family medicine, faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town. (Read more about him in the Mail & Guardian article. Mail & Guardian is an NSTF media partner.)