Dr Clive Evian joined Right to Care in 2008 as a Senior Technical Consultant and now works mainly on the quality assurance programme of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT).
He graduated as a medical practitioner (MBBch) form Wits Medical School in 1976. After doing a general rotation of postgraduate clinical disciplines and two years in paediatrics, he joined the University Department of Community Health's outreach programme, the health Services Development Unit (HSDU), based in a rural health district and hospital, which is now in Mpumalanga.
The unit endeavoured to implement a district healthcare model and develop health personnel to fulfil the model’s design. Besides the routine hospital work, the unit trained primary healthcare nurses and trainers, developed appropriate care manuals and conducted relevant research.
After some time, Clive was appointed as director of the unit. He then engaged in his specialisation in community health, which he had completed in 1991.
After eight years in the HSDU, he took the post of Deputy Director of the City of Johannesburg Health Department. He was appointed to start and head up the department's HIV programme in 1989.
There were only a handful of doctors working with HIV at the time. In this regard, they established the Community AIDS Centre in Hillbrow and undertook various public health measures to begin addressing the HIV epidemic.
Clive became a medical officer at the HIV clinic based in the Johannesburg hospital. He worked there for approximately 18 years.
When Clive joined Right to Care, he operated as a freelance community health HIV consultant offering services to a variety of role players, including government, private sector, and NGOs. These organisations were mainly in the field of epidemiological monitoring and surveillance, workplace policy and programme implementation, training of healthcare personnel and others involved in addressing the epidemic, advocacy and activism, and programme evaluation.
Clive has written various articles and authored a widely used book, Primary HIV Clinical Care, now in its fifth edition. In addition to his MBBch, Clive has a diploma in Adult Education at Wits.
Despite being an enthusiastic clinician, Clive is also a photographer. In the apartheid era he was active in the UDF anti apartheid health sector and the detainee health service programme.