Dr Gloria Maimela, Director: Health Programmes - Technical

Dr Gloria Maimela is the Director of Health Programmes at Wits RHI. She is a Medical Doctor with extensive experience in paediatric and adult TB management and HIV treatment and prevention. Dr Maimela holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma in HIV Management. Dr Maimela provides strategic oversight and technical direction in the implementation of the following PEPFAR funded programs: Gophelega HIV Care and Treatment programme in Tshwane and Ekurhuleni Districts (funded through the Centre of Disease Control agency), Accelerating Program Achievements to Control the Epidemic (APACE) in Lejweleputswa, Free State and the Key Populations (KP) program. The latter two programs are funded through USAID. The key objective of these programs is to reach HIV epidemic control in South Africa by 2030, through provision of HIV prevention, care and treatment services to vulnerable and key populations.

Dr Maimela leads a team of over 900 Wits RHI staff members across these programs. She is a published local and international speaker. She is a Wits University PhD candidate and is a Principal Investigator on several research projects. Dr Maimela is currently a member of the Dira Sengwe Board and is the chairperson of the SAAIDS2023 conference, she is also a member of the Africa Telehealth Collaboration steering committee that seeks to address barriers to the expansion of telehealth in South Africa and the rest of the African region.