Dr. Odwa Mazwai has extensive clinical experience and integrates this with public health, health economics and health policy knowledge. He is qualified with an MBChB from Walter Sisulu Medical School in 2003. He served as a medical officer in the public sector in Gauteng earning his Diploma in Anaesthesiology from Wits.
He worked at the National Department of Health as a Technical Advisor in the office of the Director-General. Here, he served to provide input on health policy planning to assist various directorates align their strategy to align to proposed NHI initiatives.
Dr. Mazwai later joined Medscheme and served as a General Manager in the Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (GEMS) Business Unit, directing fund management and assisting in operations. He remains excited about the changes that are on the horizon for healthcare in South Africa and believes the ripples of these changes will permeate through the continent for the better.