Judith Bester is a healthcare professional with a passion for health and people. She obtained a B Cur (General Nursing, Community Health, Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery) degree at the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) as well as a degree in Nursing Science: Healthcare Management and Education at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
As a registered nurse, and later as the National Nursing Service Manager at the Medicross Healthcare group, she focused on establishing preventative healthcare clinics, development of the nursing staff, while also introducing health and safety policies and procedures. Later, as General Manager of the SAA-Netcare Travel Clinics, she specialised in prevention of diseases on an international level. During this time Judith was required to ensure that the SAA-Netcare Travel Clinics strategically supported both organizations, whilst growing a financially sustainable business with all the legal requirement adhered to in the international market.
Judith then headed up the Aganang HIV Resource Centre (Association Not for Gain – Section 21). Working with and seeing the devastating impact of this pandemic has urged her to share her knowledge about the prevention of HIV and the appropriate treatment and care of people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Through effective utilization of resources, Aganang provided a comprehensive and holistic HIV and AIDS management programme to various organizations throughout South Africa.
Not only has Judith successfully established and grown sustainable businesses with an excellent track record in the healthcare industry but she has also been able to pro-actively guide, influence and advise all relevant stakeholders on current and future challenges. She has also worked closely with other related governing bodies and institutions to assist in formulating strategies and best practices that ensures efficient and effective services. In her relationship with SABCOHA Judith chaired projects committees, liaised with government and played a key role in the formulation of Supply Chain development with international donors.
Judith is currently consulting to various organisations receiving donor or corporate funding on monitoring and evaluation, the improvement of healthcare services, facilitating health education workshops and implementing Workplace Wellness programmes. She has worked with the CHABAHIVA Trust since 2016 in three youth led HIV Peer Educator projects.
Judith’s career history has afforded her the opportunity to work with the entire spectrum of corporate and shared services in corporate business, NGO’s and Government. She is able to strategically lead teams and projects in an effective and participative manner. With a combination of strengths in relationship building, sound business practices, client management and programme monitoring and evaluation, Judith actively participates in the shared value intended through the CHABAHIVA COLLABORATIVE NETWORK.