The Deputy Director responsible for Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, iLembe District, Ms Roshilla Sahadeo, is currently in the second-year of reading for a doctoral degree in Public Administration which is funded through the UKZN Doctoral Research Scholarship that is awarded to a maximum of only four top PhD candidates at UKZN.
Her PhD study builds on the Master’s Degree, obtained in 2015, and looks into the contemporary issue of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Health Service Delivery. ‘The current challenge is to expand attention of DRR administration for health from that of a reactive and recovery approach to a more pre-emptive slant which heightens preparedness and extenuation of public health services in the district,’ she said.
Sahadeo believes there is a need for an integrated framework to DRR. Working under the guidance of Professor Mogie Subban from the UKZN School of Management, IT and Governance, she is hopeful that her study will highlight the need for uninterrupted health service delivery amidst the cumulative occurrences of internal and external disaster threats currently within the health sector. ‘I am looking forward to accomplishing this milestone with the constant unwavering support of my good professor and supervisor,’ she said. The duo has achieved great strides since 2015 having published in accredited academic journals. Their paper titled 65 Disaster Risk Reduction Perspectives in Health Service Delivery in South Africa was featured in the International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2017. This publication followed the presentation at the 8th International Conference for Social Sciences which was held in Durban in 2017.
Sahadeo is currently preparing another research paper for presentation at the International Conference for Social Sciences in George, Western Cape, at the end of August 2018 which will be followed by attendance and participation at a conference to be hosted by the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management in Bloemfontein in September. Sahadeo and Subban plan to submit their papers for consideration for publication in DHET journals.
Subban is pleased with Sahadeo’s academic achievements, she said: ‘I am elated that my doctoral student Roshilla Sahadeo scooped a College Scholarship for her studies. She is a diligent and dedicated student and is making great strides and the right moves to accomplish her goal. I am grateful to the College Leadership and Dean for the support received.’
Sahadeo is also grateful to UKZN and the leadership of the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance for continued academic and financial support. ‘I am proud to be associated with the University which “Inspires Greatness”. I am so glad that I made UKZN my University of Choice,’ she said.
Sahadeo’s passion and commitment to her studies has inspired her children to also focus on their studies; with her son Samir currently pursuing studies as a medical student at UCT and her daughter, Sonum working hard to excel in high school.
Words: Hazel Langa
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal