SAMA Annual Conference 2024

Dr Aslam Dasoo

After completing his medical training in 1986 at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, he worked in various state hospitals and in private practice.

A civic, trades union and political activist in the ‘80s and ‘90s, he served on the NEC of the South African Health Workers Congress, during which time he contributed to the development of health policy for post-Apartheid SA.

He was involved in and initiated several campaigns against the Apartheid regime and, in the democratic era, against the poor governance that led to corruption, mismanagement and communal harm caused through state capture under the auspices of the governing party.

He has extensive health and public policy experience and served on the boards of public institutions and private companies. He entered the corporate sector in 1996 and led the transformation of the medical schemes industry body into the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa.

In 2017, he and other healthcare veterans established the Progressive Health Forum, a national advocacy network of healthcare leaders from civil society, the public and private sector, business, community activists, clinicians, academics and scientists concerned with the state of the national health system.

At the advent of the COVID  19 pandemic, he established the PHF Science Reference Group to provide national guidance on the pandemic to communities, clinicians, the education sector, tourism and mining industries.

In 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the Association of Palliative Care Centres, formerly the Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

A long-standing compatriot and friend of Roger Jardine, he joined the Change Starts Now movement at its conception and heads its Political Desk.