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Shaheen Mehtar, (retired), is Emeritus Professor at Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Professor Mehtar trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health.
Shaheen Mehtar, (retired), is Emeritus Professor at Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Professor Mehtar trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health. She was Head of Microbiology at the North Middlesex Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Royal Free Hospital where she worked until she accompanied her husband upon his return to South Africa. Following a post as Deputy Director, Public Health in the South Cape Karoo region, Professor Mehtar joined Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University where she established the Unit of Infection Prevention and Control in 2000. The unit has a wide reputation across Africa and has trained more than 2500 student annually ranging from a 5-day basic course to a Masters in IPC.
An internationally recognised expert in IPC, Professor Mehtar and has been involved in setting up IPC programmes in the UK, Europe, Far East, India, Asia and Latin America. She has been on the executive committees of several prestigious organisations such as the Hospital Infection Society, The British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, the International Society of Chemotherapy and International Society of Infectious Diseases. A founder member and Chair of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), Prof Mehtar also serves on several WHO committees including those for global IPC policies, surgical site infection, WASH and safety injection global network (SIGN). Through ICAN she is extensively involved in establishing and promoting IPC training programmes and structures across Africa. She supported the IPC programmes during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. A highly respected and recognised world expert in Infection Control Professor Mehtar is frequently consulted by governments such as Egypt, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.