Dr Chantell Witten, is an academic employed in the Division of Health Sciences Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State.
Chantell’s work experience spans 25 years across several sectors namely public health, the UN, the NGO sector, academia and the food industry. During the last 10 years, Chantell has predominantly worked in the area of infant and young child feeding. A significant highlight of Chantell’s work was the gazetting of the Regulations Relating to Foodstuff for Infant and Young Child Feeding, R991 in 2012 while Chantell served as the Nutrition Specialist for UNICEF/South Africa.
Since joining the North West University in 2015, Chantell has been appointed for two consecutive terms to the National Department of Health’s Ministerial Committee for the Morbidity and Mortality of Children under 5 years, she is the lead for the Nutrition Working Group for the South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH), and an executive member of the Child Health Priorities Committee. Chantell is also the Chair of the local organizing committee for the Child Health Priorities Conference 2019. Which will for the first time be hosted in the North West Province by the North West University.
True to the theme of the conference, Chantell actively seeks opportunities to champion change for children.