About Amanda Kgomotso Vilakazi
Amanda Kgomotso Vilakazi Nhlapo is a medical doctor (MBCHB) with training in public health (MPH), Post Graduate Diploma In HIV AIDS Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management with further certificates in Bio-statistics and Epidemiology.
Amanda is currently the technical lead on Viral Hepatitis within the national department of Health in South Africa, working with officials from the communicable disease cluster and the HIV/STIs and TB cluster. Together with colleagues from all relevant stakeholders in the viral hepatitis field, Amanda established the Technical Working Group on Viral Hepatitis. The team is overseeing the development of the Viral Hep guidelines and 5 Year Action Plan, upon ratification the TWG will monitor the implementation of the guidelines. Although the guidelines are still to be ratified the team have already started training HCWS & CHWs on the basics of HBV, HAV and HCV. The team commemorated the World Hepatitis Day in 2016 and 2017.
Amanda has been working in the national department of Health since 2001, where she started by establishing pilot sites and then rolled out TB/HIV collaborative activities to the rest of the country. Public Health is her passion. In Amanda’s past field she worked in the medico-legal unit as a district medical officer with training in clinical forensic medicine. Amanda worked as a general practitioner for about two years and then left, as her passion has always been PUBLIC HEALTH.