Professor Eric Buch is a MEPI Coordinating Center Counselor. Prof. Buch has been the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pretoria since 2011, and remains Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University, a post he has held since 2000. He has transitioned out of his role as Health Adviser to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which he has held since 2002.
He was formerly (95-99) Deputy Director General for Health Care of Gauteng Province in South Africa, Director of Community Health and then Executive Director for Health, Housing and Urbanization of metropolitan Johannesburg (91-95) and Senior Lecturer in Community Health and a founder and Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand (87-91). Prior to this Eric co-initiated and worked for the Wits Rural Health Services Development Unit in the rural Bushbuckridge region of South Africa. He was active in anti-apartheid health organizations through the 1980s and into the 1990s, serving amongst others as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network for nearly a decade.
Prof. Buch is a Board Member of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. He recently completed two terms as a Board member of the Health Systems Trust.
The focus of his career has been on South Africa and in the past decade, African health policy and systems; health services development and management; human resources for health and human capacity building; and AIDS and health services. Prof. Buch is a medical doctor and a registered specialist in Community Health. He served as the African lead partner for the survey undertaken by the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study.