Dr. Mary M. Hlalele recently stepped down as CEO of an eye health NGO in South Africa and is currently offering her services as a freelance consultant. In this capacity she works closely with organizations to facilitate empowerment and alignment of staff, while increasing their individual and collective capacities to achieve excellence in the structural aspects of organizations. She offers training and consulting services that encourage the development of client skills leading to desirable project transitions.
Hlalele is an accomplished Primary Health Care practitioner with a renowned track record for designing and implementing integrated community-based health care programs. Having worked predominantly in the area of Maternal and Child Health, Hlalele has designed and run adult education courses for health workers at all levels of service delivery (primary, secondary and tertiary), with a focus on PHC (Education), HIV/AIDS and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI).
Hlalele qualified as a medical doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos; has obtained graduate academic qualifications in Primary Health Care (Education), International Health, Marketing Management, and Social Entrepreneurship. She served as Project Director in research surveys on - Rapid Assessment for Avoidable Blindness - conducted in the provinces of Eastern Cape and North West in South Africa. She was Principal Investigator in two studies which looked at the utilization of sight restoration services offered at Sabona Eye Centre. She has received several awards for her contribution in health and leadership, served on “task force 5” of the United Nations Millennium Development Project, and is founder member of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Kenya. Dr. Hlalele continues to progress her passion for promoting social equity as a means of improving the well-being of marginalized communities.