Baheya Najaar

Baheya Najaar



Full-time lecturer



BSc Dietetics (University of the Western Cape): 1998

MSc Nutrition (University of Stellenbosch): 2009

Baby Friendly Hospital Assessor (Department of Health)


Registration/Membership of Societies

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Information technology and the advancement of nutrition in Africa (ITANA)


Brief work history

Before joining UCT in 2008, Baheya was a full-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch for a period of 7 years.  Her lecturing responsibilities were both to MBChB and dietetics students in the field of Community Nutrition and Nutrition in the lifecycle.  She has also developed an undergraduate course on Ethics and Human Rights. She was later employed as a nutrition co-ordinator at a non profit organization and as a dietitian for the Integrated Nutrition Programme at the Department of Health. Her interests include public health and nutrition and human rights


Teaching Focus

Community Nutrition

Human Rights


Research Focus

The evaluation of infant feeding messages in the context of HIV in tertiary and secondary hospital settings. Operational research in community nutrition programmes.


Membership of committees

Student training committee


Contact details

Tel: (021) 406 6253