Karl le Roux is a visiting research fellow at the Center for Health and Wellbeing. He was born in Sweden, but grew up in South Africa where he qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999. He holds postgraduate diplomas in Anaeshetics and Obstetrics and a Masters in International Health from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has, since November 2006, worked at Zithulele Hospital, a rural facility in the former homeland of the Transkei, now in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. He is passionate about maternal and child health, breastfeeding, HIV/ARV care and rural medicine.
He served as Chairperson of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) from 2008 to 2012, where he advocated for better policies for rural healthcare and for better working conditions for rural healthcare workers. He has served on the South African National Peri-natal Morbidity and Mortality Committee (NaPeMMCo), a body advising the South African Minister of Health, since 2015. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Cape Town Primary Health Care Directorate and at the Walter Sisulu University Family Medicine Department and will be teaching a task force on “Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries” in the fall.
He is currently running three research projects in the rural Eastern Cape, focusing on maternal and child health outcomes, the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and the importance of good supervision of CHWs.