Maria van der Merwe

Registered as both Dietitian and Nutritionist in South Africa, Maria is an independent public health and nutrition consultant, with a special interest in health system and policy strengthening. She completed a B.Dietetics degree (UP) in 1996 and M.Nutrition (cum laude) in 2012 (SU) and has more than twenty years’ experience working in both the public and private health sectors in the country. After serving as provincial manager of the Integrated Nutrition Programme in the Mpumalanga Department of Health for more than a decade, she pursued an independent career at the end of 2018. She is also a co-investigator in a five-year multi-national research project aimed at addressing exclusion from access to health systems through a participatory approach and has co-authored several related peer reviewed papers in international scientific journals.