Health Innovation Consultant, University of Cape Town, Bertha Centre
Dr Lindi van Niekerk has been pursuing a journey to better understand the role grassroots social innovation can play to transform challenges faced by developing country health systems. By training, Lindi is a medical doctor and has worked across various levels of the South African public health system. She also holds a Masters in Public Health. Over the past three years, Lindi has designed and implemented a body of work on inclusive health innovation at the University of Cape Town. Projects entailed establishing the first health innovation lab in an African public sector hospital in Cape Town and being a leading member in Social Innovation in Health Initiative, researching multiple innovative healthcare models across Africa. Lindi believes that dignified healthcare can be delivered by restoring hope and empowering actors on the front lines.