Melissa Koff is a BA English and Linguistics major from the University of the Western Cape and a Journalist graduate from Rosebank College in Cape Town.
She is the latest edition to the GHJRU as the Administrative Assistant. Previously, Melissa worked in the public sector for The Department of Social Development, assisting the Provincial Minister with various upliftment projects created to empower youth, women and older persons in the Western Cape. She also has experience in the private sector, working in the advertising industry as a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director before commencing her career at UCT.
Her positive outlook on life and ability to uplift people is what drives her daily. Working in the GHJRU, she hopes to have an enlightening impact on those around her and on the projects she is involved in.
Lilian Mubangizi — Data entry assistant
Lilian is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health through the University of Cape Town with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She previously completed her BSc (Hons) at the University of South Florida. Lilian has experience with data analysis. In the past, she has interned with the Public Health unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kigoma, Tanzania. Upon completion of her MPH, she aims to work with international or local NGOs to increase access to healthcare in rural/marginalised communities in East Africa.
Mina Haji — Research assistant
Mina has a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, in February 2016 through the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University. She is currently completing her master's degree in Public Health at University of Cape Town with the Health Economics Division. Her thesis focuses on gender inequalities in access to TB health services in South Africa. At the Gender Health and Justice Research Unit, she is assisting with a project on the mental health and well-being of LGBTI people in Southern and East Africa. Other research interests include health economics, gender-based health inequalities, provider networks and access, integration of mental and physical health services financing and delivery.