Diane McIntyre


Prof Diane McIntyre is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town and holds the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Health and Wealth. She was the founding Director of the Health Economics Unit.

She has provided extensive, high-level policy inputs within South Africa and other African countries, particularly in relation to health care financing issues, including contributing to the development of the National Health Insurance policy in South Africa. Her present research focus is on conceptual and empirical research around how to achieve universal coverage in low- and middle-income countries and how to promote health system equity. She also contributes to global initiatives, including preparing a guidance manual for the World Health Organization to assist countries in assessing their health system’s status relative to the goal of universal coverage, and serving on the Chatham House High-Level Working Group on sustainable financing for universal coverage. She is a member of the Thematic Working Group on Health of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, established by the UN Secretary-General.

She has also been centrally involved in developing health economics capacity within the African region, including establishing the first health economics Masters program in Africa. She serves on the Board of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) and is the only health economist from a low- or middle-income country to be elected to the Board of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). She was elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2012.