Bezuidenhout, Maryke

Bezuidenhout, Maryke
Country
South Africa
Bio
Maryke Bezuidenhout qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 and has spent 19 years of her professional career as a clinician, manager and activist in a deep rural area of South Africa. She has a background in public health and is currently pursuing a diploma in Health Economics. She has publications in the South African Health Review and the South African Child Gauge and has published a number of opinion pieces. In her clinical role, she has partnered with community members with disabilities and donor organization to enhance publicly-funded rehabilitation services in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is also the chairperson of multi-disciplinary advocacy NPO Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) and has been an active contributor in the debates towards South Africa’s proposed National Health Insurance initiative for Universal Health Coverage. RuReSA collaborates with numerous other professional associations across a range of health professions, human rights organizations, public health associations and the disability sector in raising the profile of rehabilitation and advocating for universal access within low resource settings. Her presentation will identify how South Africa’s particular context of public, community-based, and private services creates both opportunities and constraints to the development of justice-centered rehabilitation services.