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ProfessorTammy MEYERS

MBBCh, FCPaed (SA), DTM&H, MMED, PHD 

Assistant Professor

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care
 

Email: tammymeyers@cuhk.edu.hk

Division

Division of Infectious Diseases

Biography

Dr Meyers qualified as a paediatrician in 1995 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto.  She established a paediatric HIV outpatient service in early 1997 at the hospital, later known as the Harriet Shezi Children’s Clinic (HSCC) where more than 5 000 have started antiretroviral therapy. 

In addition to providing primary care for HIV-infected children with a high TB co-infection rate at HSCC, Dr Meyers served in an advocacy role for children in South Africa to receive life-sparing antiretroviral therapy, before and subsequent to this becoming freely available. Dr Meyers provided technical support to the South African Department of Health and the World Health Organisation in the development of national and international paediatric HIV guidelines. 

She is an investigator for the NIH funded International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT) where she is involved in protocol development. Dr Meyers cofounded an NGO known as ECHO (Enhancing Children’s HIV Outcomes) a dynamic organization focused on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and improving outcomes for children exposed to or infected with HIV in South Africa. 

As a faculty member of the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Meyers taught medical students, interns and residents and supervised Master’s degree students. As part of the ECHO outreach program she was involved with the development and implementation of a training program for public sector doctors, nurses and counselors. Dr Meyers relocated to Hong Kong in 2012 with her family. 

Dr Meyers is course coordinator for the infectious diseases track for MPH students at the Jockey Club School of Public Health of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also head of the international exchange program for the Centre for Global Health at CUHK. Since relocating to the region Dr Meyers serves in a consultation capacity to WHO and UNICEF for their Elimination of Parent-to-Child Transmission (EPTCT) of HIV and Pediatric HIV programs in the Asia-Pacific Region. 

She has also assisted the Cambodian Ministry of Health to update Pediatric HIV guidelines in line with recent WHO recommendations.  Dr Meyers obtained her PhD in the field of paediatric HIV in December 2014 from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Research Interest

  • Global child health

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Infectious disease

  • Tropical diseases

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