“With my work in vaccination, I would want to remove the doubts and misconceptions that lead to vaccine hesitancy,” said Huzaifah Khan. The 30-year-old pharmacy manager is currently pursuing a master’s in public health pharmacy and management, and is passionate about his work in immunisation, which he believes is important for every child.
Through his community work with the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa and advocacy for vaccine education, Khan has taken steps towards his ultimate goal: to give back to public health.
When he completes his master’s he hopes his work will someday contribute to the merging of the public and private healthcare sectors. Khan wants this to happen “to ensure that we are able to achieve universal health coverage, especially at a primary healthcare level, so that the future of healthcare resources in South Africa is shared in an equitable and fair manner”.
For Khan, achieving excellence in his field is less about personal gain than his desire to embody the ideals in section 27 of the Constitution, which states that:
“Every person has the right to have access to health care services, including reproductive health care.”
Khan has achieved many, varied milestones in his career, but he believes his biggest accomplishment is being able to take his skills and knowledge back to the workplace and contribute to the greater good of society.
He’s a firm believer in never fearing failure, instead viewing pitfalls as opportunities for an individual to grow. Another important lesson that Khan has learned in life is to believe in himself and his ability to make a valuable contribution, even when surrounded by people with more knowledge and experience.