SAMA Annual Conference 2024

Prof Lucille Blumberg

Professor Lucille Blumberg is currently a Consultant at Right to Care. In her new role she will focus on creating a One Health programme within RTC especially for rabies; and responding to health emergencies in South Africa and the region.

Until 30 September 2021, she was the Deputy Director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), of the National Health Laboratory Service, and founding head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response. She is currently medical consultant to the Division for Outbreak Preparedness and Response (incudes Travel Medicine Unit) and also medical consultant to the Centre for Emerging, Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases where her major focus is on malaria, rabies, viral haemorrhagic fevers, pandemics, epidemics, One Health and zoonotic diseases and travel – related infections.

She has worked on a number of outbreaks including rabies, avian influenza, cholera, typhoid, and the Lujo virus. She is a medical graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch, and lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has specialist qualifications in clinical microbiology, travel medicine, and infectious diseases. Chairperson WHO-IH STAG (Strategic Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards), member of the WHO Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Partners and also a member of the Task Force for WHO Blue Print for Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.  Prof Blumberg is the appointed Editor in Chief of the IJID One Health Journal as from 2023.