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(Hanna-)Andrea Rother is a Professor and Head of the Environmental Health Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. As an environmental health specialist, her contribution to the field globally, with a focus on Africa, has been in the areas of pesticides and other chemicals, risk communication, climate change and children’s health. Based on her extensive research and 30 years of experience, she has designed and led the development of three internationally recognized academic programmes in pesticide risk management, in chemicals risk management (Professional Masters) and a Master of Public Health track in environmental health.
Since 2011, Prof Rother is a WHO expert advisor and chaired the United Nations FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management. She received UCT’s Social Responsiveness Award for her ground-breaking research uncovering the extensive sale and use of illegal street pesticides resulting in child poisonings. Her passion and commitment for research translation and capacity building for community members and policy makers has resulted in the development of six virtual chemicals Communities of Practices (e.g., highly hazardous pesticides, lead in paint, chemicals in products).
Prof Rother has also developed over 50 risk communication materials and policy documents for vulnerable and low-literate populations in Africa, as well as decision makers. This commitment has also culminated in extensive peer-reviewed publications, guidance documents and input to policy development national and internationally on chemicals, climate change and children’s environmental health.