Prof Shabir Moosa, newly appointed World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Africa region president and prominent in primary care education at the University of the Witwatersrand Department of Family Medicine in which he is an associate professor, became the second recipient of the ASAIPA National Medical Award (NMA) for Lifetime Achievement in the annual NMA presentation event in Centurion on Friday evening.
Inaugural recipient last year was Pretoria family practice and primary care icon, Dr Chris de Meulenaere.
A University of Natal Medical School graduate, Prof Moosa started his postgraduate studies in family medicine in 1998, from his Kokstad general practice and in 2004 assumed a post at the Wits Department of Family Medicine, University of Witwatersrand (Wits).
Active in the rapid expansion of the Wits-Gauteng Department of Health collaboration, he worked as coordinator in Gauteng and Johannesburg from 2004 to 2011 during which period he manage to complete an MBA.
Prof Moosa has been Wits lead researcher in the HURAPRIM research (an EU-FP7-funded collaboration in Human Resources in Africa Primary Care led by Prof Jan de Maeseneer of Ghent University) since 2011 and deeply involved in development and research of community-oriented primary care (COPC) efforts in Johannesburg.
He is a member of WONCA International Classification Committee (WICC) and on the Nominations Committee of WICC. He is on the editorial boards of British Journal of General Practice and African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine. He has been involved in key family medicine development and education efforts in South Africa and Africa since 2005.
Prof Moosa was also involved in the ministerial task team setting up the clinical associate (or physician assistant) programme in South Africa and subsequently in developing undergraduate primary care rotations and general community education at Wits.
Day-to-day activities now include practicing as a family physician in Soweto and developing a community practice in the community of Chiawelo as a model for National Health Insurance.
Photo caption: Prof Moosa is presented with the Lifetime Award digital stethoscope by Saul Kornik, of sponsor Healthforce.