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Dr Saul Johnson

Managing Partner (Health)

Dr Saul Johnson is the managing partner of the Health practice.

He has worked in healthcare in Africa for more than 20 years as a doctor, epidemiologist, researcher and senior manager in various African countries.

Saul started his own health consulting company, Health and Development Africa (HDA), in 2002. By 2010, when he sold the company to Mott MacDonald International, he had grown the staff from three to over 50. In 2014, he resigned from HDA and in 2015 he started Anansi Health Consulting. He sold this to Genesis in 2016.

Saul’s areas of expertise include epidemiology, research, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), behaviour change communication, HIV prevention, health system improvement, organisational development and change management.

He has a particular interest in designing, implementing and evaluating Aids programmes, and is considered a leader in the HIV prevention field. He has developed and managed a number of large household surveys in South Africa, examining HIV- and TB- related behaviour, as well as the potential of providing health insurance for low-income households. He is an M&E expert for the Global Fund and has acted as an adviser and technical expert for projects with USAID, CDC, DFID, UNAIDS and the Bill and Melinda Foundation, among others.

Saul lectures at a number of South African universities in epidemiology and M&E, including the monitoring and evaluation of HIV programmes run by Measure Evaluation and the University of Pretoria. He has been an adviser to UNAIDS on Modes of Transmission studies, as well as on Know Your Epidemic methodologies.

Saul has an MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master's in Epidemiology from Columbia University. He also has diplomas of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of the Witwatersrand.


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