Board member and volunteer: Malcolm Wallis
Malcolm Wallis is a retired academic who has taught and researched Public Administration in the United Kingdom, Kenya, Zambia, Lesotho and South Africa. He has a long standing interest in primary health care in Africa. He has a doctorate from the University of Manchester for which he wrote a thesis on rural development in Kenya. Before being appointed to the DementiaSA board, he served the organization as a volunteer; he continues to work in that capacity. His main task is the selection of media reports concerning dementia from around the world for dissemination inthe public domain.
His interest in dementia was triggered by observing his mother’s experience of the condition culminating in her death in 2017. He also contributes to the work of the Oral History of South Africa (OHASA) for which he writes and edits articles. He has written a brief piece for OHASA on his mother’s dementia experience and is the joint author (with Dr Trisha Ramsuraj) of a paper on marginalization in South Africa (case studies on small business and the elderly).
Malcolm says: I am honoured and happy to serve on the board and see it as an opportunity to contribute to the important work DSA is doing.