about us


We are a network of practitioners, researchers, artists and activists across Africa interested in health related issues.

Our aim is to bring people who are interested in or already working in this space together. We provide a space for people to showcase their projects and to provide information on work/exhibitions/projects/education/research related to medical and health humanities on the continent.


To develop and strengthen Medical and Health Humanities networks across the continent by providing information on projects, and opportunities for research and collaborative work between and within African countries.

To build online resource for people interested and working in Africa in areas where issues related to medicine and health meet the social sciences, humanities and the arts.

You can read more about the network in the BMJ Medical Humanities special issue Medical Humanities in Africa (December 2018).

We see medical and health humanities as both a gathering impulse and a field of study that explores “the human condition through the arts (visual, performed, applied), humanities (philosophies, literatures, and histories), social sciences (anthropology, politics, law, sociology) and their engagement with a broad spectrum of the health and biological sciences and practices, including illness, medicine, treatment, recovery and death” (Kalinga 2019).

We are also interested in the concept of ‘rigorous improvisation‘ or ‘disciplined curiosity‘ as a way of approaching this intersection between disciplines. This site has tabs for events we think might be of interest, as well as a resource for literature, case studies, and project links. Please feel free to browse the site and comment on the content.

To find out more about MHHA, please contact us.

Our Team

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the university of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is currently the director of the Medical Humanities program at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER).

Carla Tsampiras

Carla Tsampiras is a feminist, vegan, health historian. She is a Senior Lecturer in Medical and Health Humanities in the Primary Health Care Directorate, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Cape Town.

Victoria Hume

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (England) and a research associate in the Medical Humanities at WiSER (South Africa). She has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS (UK) for 15 years.

Online & Events

Sasheenie Moodley

Sasheenie is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. Her qualitative research focuses on understanding lived experiences of pregnant youth living with HIV.

Zinhle Maeko

Zinhle Maeko holds a BA in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently a Digital Communications Officer at Medical and Health Humanities Africa and is also a Democracy Works Academy Alumna.

Renée van der Wiel

Renée van der Wiel is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. She is also an academic event organiser for the Southern and East African Medical and Health Humanities network (SEAMHH).

Country Organisers

Benson A. Mulemi

Benson A. Mulemi is an Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology and Senior Research Fellow at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya. He also serves as a visiting Professor in the Masters of Medical Anthropology Programme in the Faculty of Medicine, at Gulu University, Uganda.

Neusa Torres-Tovela

Neusa Torres-Tovela is a Lecturer and Researcher based at the Higher Institute for Health Sciences (ISCISA) and the Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM). She has a background in Anthropology and Public Health.

Victoria Osei-Bonsu

Victoria Osei-Bonsu is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is interested in the connections and/ or disruptions between literature, aesthetic or artistic forms of expression and health.

Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale

Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale is a Professor of Literature and Medicine, based at the Department of English and the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Ibadan.  He has published widely in academic journals and is the author of The Eagle Must Fly and Other Stories (1992), The Melting Pot (1993), Seasons of Rage (1997 reprinted in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), An Eye for An Eye (2000) and The President’s Physician (2004).

Chisomo Kalinga

Chisomo Kalinga (PhD) is a Wellcome-funded Medical Humanities Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh. She is collaborating with the Art and Global Health Centre Africa and the University of Malawi to launch the First Medical Humanities programmes and a network for Malawian studies.

Musa Sadock

Dr. Musa Sadock is Lecturer in History at Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He specializes in Social History of Diseases including HIV and AIDS.