Prof. André Janse van Rensburg


André J van Rensburg is a senior researcher in the Centre for Rural Health. He has 10 years’ experience in health systems research, in multiple settings, with extensive involvement in system strengthening initiatives in the public health sphere. He has a disciplinary background in monitoring and evaluation, sociology and political science, and holds a joint doctorate from Ghent University and Stellenbosch University.

Interests include strengthening systems to address “diseases of poverty” – particularly tuberculosis and mental illness – in low-to-middle income countries; governance and power relations in health care structuring; the political economy of health and healthcare; and intersectoral, state and non-state tensions in health systems reform.

Prior to joining the CRH, he was part of a health systems research team at the University of the Free State and held an EU Saturn scholarship at the Health and Demography Research unit (HeDeRa) at the Department of Sociology, Ghent University. Presently he is involved in the ASSET programme (Promoting Person-Centered Tuberculosis Care: A Mixed Method study); the S-MhINT programme; research investigating comorbid tuberculosis and depression in the Free State province; and an initiative with the National Department of Health towards developing a blueprint for community-based care for people living with severe mental and neurological disorders. André is a member of Health Systems Global, the Emerging Voices for Global Health initiative, as well as the NIHR Global Health Research Training platform.

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Book chapters

Janse van Rensburg A & Bracke P 2019 (forthcoming). The politics of the global opioid crisis. In Hurrelmann K & Wendt C (eds.). Governance of Health and Well-being. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Heunis JC & Janse van Rensburg A 2012. Hospital and hospital reform in South Africa. In Van Rensburg HCJ (ed.). Health and Health Care in South Africa (2nd ed). Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Peer-reviewed, accredited articles (accepted and published)

Aloro G, Janse van Rensburg A, Bhana A & Petersen I. Scoping review of barriers and facilitators to child and adolescent mental health in low-to-middle income countries. Global Social Work (accepted for publication).

Engelbrecht MC, Rau A, Kigozi G, Janse van Rensburg A, Wouters E, Sommerland N, Masquillier C & Uebel K. Waiting to inhale: Factors associated with healthcare workers’ fears of occupationally acquired tuberculosis (TB) BMC Infectious Diseases (accepted for publication).

Petersen I, Janse van Rensburg A, Mntambo N, et al. Integrated primary mental health care in six low-and-middle income countries: Obstacles, synergies and implications for reform. British Journal of Psychiatry (accepted for publication).

Masquillier C, Wouters E, Sommerland N, Masquillier C, Rau A, Engelbrecht M,

Janse Van Rensburg A & Kigozi G. Fighting stigma, promoting care: A study on the use of occupationally-based HIV services in the Free State Province of South Africa. AIDS Care (accepted for publication).

Janse van Rensburg A, Khan R, Fourie P, Bracke P 2019. Political dimensions of the governance of mental illness in post-apartheid South Africa. Politikon, online: 192-205.

Janse van Rensburg A, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G & Van Rensburg D 2018. Tuberculosis prevention knowledge, attitudes, and practices of primary health care nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 24(6): e12681.

Janse van Rensburg A, Khan R, Wouters E, Fourie P, Van Rensburg H and Bracke P. At the coalface of collaborative mental health care: A qualitative study of governance and power in district-level service provision in South Africa. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33(4):1121-1135.

Rau A, Wouters E, Engelbrecht M, Masquillier C, Uebel K, Kigozi G, Sommerland N & Janse van Rensburg A 2018. Towards a health-enabling working environment – developing and testing interventions to decrease HIV and TB stigma among healthcare workers in the Free State, South Africa: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19: 351.

Janse van Rensburg A, Fourie P, Bracke P, Wouters E & Van Rensburg D 2018. Collaborative mental health care in the bureaucratic field of post-apartheid South Africa. Health Sociology Review, 27(3): 279-293.

Zinatsa F, Engelbrecht MC, Janse van Rensburg A & Kigozi NG 2018. A theory-driven assessment of tuberculosis prevention capacities in a South African district. BMC Health Services Research, 18:269.

Janse van Rensburg A, Petersen I, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G, Fourie P, Van Rensburg HCJ & Bracke P 2018. The nature and extent of state and non-state mental health service collaboration in a South African district: A mixed methods study. Health Policy and Planning, 33(4):516-527.

Sommerland N, Wouters E, Masquillier C, Engelbrecht M, Kigozi G, Uebel K, Janse van Rensburg A & Rau A 2017. Stigma among healthcare workers as a barrier to the use of occupational health units for TB services in the Free State, South Africa. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(11):75-80.

Wouters E, Masquillier C, Sommerland N, Engelbrecht M, Van Rensburg AJ, Kigozi G & Rau A 2017. Measuring HIV- and TB-related stigma among health care workers in South Africa: a validation and reliability study. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(11): 19-25.

Kigozi NG, Heunis JH, Engelbrecht MC, Janse van Rensburg A & Van Rensburg HCJ 2017. Tuberculosis knowledge, attitudes and practices of patients at primary health care facilities in a South African metropolitan: Research towards improved health education. BMC Public Health, 10;17(1):795.

O’Hara LM, Yassi A, Bryce E, Janse van Rensburg A, Engelbrecht MC, Zungu M, Nophale LE & FitzGerald JM 2017. Infection control and TB in healthcare workers: An assessment of 28 hospitals in Free State, South Africa. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(3): 320-327.

Engelbrecht MC, Janse van Rensburg A, Kigozi G & Van Rensburg HCJ 2017. TB infection control practices among primary healthcare workers in the Free State, South Africa: A cross-sectional study. BMC Infectious Diseases, 16:633.

Janse van Rensburg A, Rau A, Fourie P & Bracke P 2016. Power and integrated health care: shifting from governance to governmentality. International Journal of Integrated Care, 16(3):17.

Janse van Rensburg A & Fourie P 2016. Health policy and integrated mental health care in the SADC region: strategic clarification using the Rainbow Model. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10:49.

Janse van Rensburg A, Engelbrecht MC, Spiegel JM, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE, Rau A & Yassi A 2016. Occupational health and safety of nurses in public hospitals in the Free State, South Africa. Occupational Health Southern Africa, 22(2): 8-14.

Kahn R, Yassi A, Engelbrecht M, Nophale L, Janse van Rensburg A & Spiegel J 2015. Barriers to uptake of HIV counselling and testing for health workers in 3 public hospitals in Free State Province, South Africa. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 27(2): 198-205.

Engelbrecht MC, Spiegel JM, Janse van Rensburg A, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE, Rau A & Yassi A 2015. Tuberculosis and blood-borne infectious diseases: Workplace conditions and practices of healthcare workers at three public hospitals in the Free State. Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases, 30(1):23-28.

Janse van Rensburg A & Van Rensburg HCJ 2013. Nurses and the 2010 public sector strike in South Africa: Some ethical considerations. Nursing Ethics, 20(7): 819-37.

Engelbrecht MC & Janse van Rensburg A 2013. TB infection control practices in three rural districts of South Africa. The Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infections, 28(4): 221-226.