Community Engagement Articles

Community Engagement

UKZN Health Sciences Community Assists Xenophobia Victims


UKZN medical students and staff teamed up with representatives of the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the Islamic Medical Association and Doctors, to assist victims of the xenophobia violence at emergency camps in Phoenix near Durban. The team, led by UKZN’s Family Medicine Specialist and KZN SAMA Chair, Dr Mergan Naidoo, donated blankets, clothes and food.


Nursing Students Showcase importance of HIV testing among Mental Health Care Users

A group of six Psychiatric nursing students – supported by Discipline of Nursing head Professor Gugu Mchunu and Lecturer Mrs Ann Jarvis – have produced a short HIV awareness film aimed at people in mental health care. The production of the film is a community engagement project fourth year students are required to do as part of their curriculum.

Community Engagement a Priority at UKZN

UKZN fourth-year psychiatric nursing students are involved in several community engagement projects aimed at assisting communities with health and social issues in and around Durban as part of their final-year curriculum. 

The King-Dinuzulu Group: have a project titled: HIV in Mental Health Care, which includes a short HIV awareness film aimed at people accessing mental health care services.

Chatsworth Community Project 2015 group: Workesd with Grade 8 learners from Montarena Secondary School, focusing on developing an increased sense of self-esteem and self-respect. 

The Phoenix community project 2015: Have a project titled: Together in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The project aims to help provide adequate knowledge to parents about ADHD and create an understanding of the diagnoses.

Umbilo Community Profile 2015: Titled: Collaborating Together for the Future, the project examines ways in which the University community could work together with the Umbilo Community.


UKZN Academic Specialises in Blistering Disorders

UKZN’s Specialist Dermatologist, Dr Nokubonga Khoza runs the only Immunobullous disease clinic in the province every Tuesday at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, Dermatology clinic. Khoza’s clinic provides first-class service delivery to patients who are exclusively suffering from blistering disorders. She sees about 15 cases per day and about 50 a month from all over the province.

Paediatric dermatologist’s work is more than skin deep

Paediatric Dermatologist, Dr Antoinette Chateau runs a specialist paediatric dermatology outreach clinic on a Tuesday at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and on a Friday at King Edward VIII hospital. The Greys clinic was established in 2011 and the King Edward clinic in 2013.


GirlzNetwork Launched by UKZN Student

Fourth year medical student and winner of the 2014/15 Miss UKZN title, Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi, runs  GirlzNetwork, an organisation that aims to groom and unite girls to become leaders, ambassadors and to promote change they want to see in their communities. GirlzNetwork wants to create a mentorship relationship with girls from different communities and get them involved in community outreach programmes.


Nursing Students Empower Youth in Cato Crest

Second-year Nursing students give a talk to about 60 grade seven to grade nine learners from Mayville Primary and Mayville Secondary School at Cato Crest Library. The aim was to educate these learners about the consequences of teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV and AIDS, intergenerational relationships, personal hygiene and various HIV prevention methods, with special emphasis on dual protection condom use. The students presented the programme as part of their community engagement. 

Nursing Students spend 67 Mandela minutes with children in need

Second year Nursing students and their facilitator, Mrs Silingene Ngcobo, visited the Women of Wentworth (WOW) organisation to assist in taking care of children at the centre as part of their 67 minutes for Mandela. WOW runs an aftercare programme which feeds children and helps with their homework.

Nursing Students at Addington Primary for educational fun day

Second-year Nursing students presented an educational fun day with the emphasis on life skills and personal hygiene for about 200 Grade 3 pupils at Addington Primary School  in Durban. A total of 27 student nurses hosted the event as part of their community intervention project.



A Day in the Life of a UKZN Paediatric Nephrologist

Professor Rajendra Bhimma has an outreach Paediatric Renal Clinic at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.  Once every three months, Bhimma visits the clinic to help doctors treat children with difficult and complicated kidney diseases. The visits help reduce the referral rate to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) where only six beds are allocated for children with complex and severe kidney disease. The programme helps both doctors and patients because it brings these services closer to home.


UKZN Medical Students Assist on Health Day

First, second and fourth year Medical students together with their final year Dentistry colleagues screen people for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, TB, and HIV and provide education on oral health and general hygiene practices as their contribution on Health Day. Health Day community outreach initiative for Mayville and Cato Manor communities. The students work in collaboration with the NGO, iThemba Lethu, the UKZN HIV/AIDS Programme and the Dentistry Discipline of UKZN’s Westville campus to deliver a quality service to the community.

Discipline: Clinical Anatomy

Summary: Masters research by Ms Nerissa Naidoo is advancing reconstructive surgery and enhancing the quality of life for patients. Her on-going study is geared towards helping clinicians contextualise and understand disorders of the rotator cuff in the human body.

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Discipline: Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Students Coach School Children

Discipline: Occupational Therapy. UKZN Occupational Therapists Reach out to Refugee Children 

Discipline: Pharmacy. Pharmacy Student Association Visits Vukukhanye Children’s Home 

Discipline: CHS WILL. It’s My Future Day Empowers Young Women

Discipline: Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences. Sport Stacking Introduced in Umkhumbane Schools Project

Discipline: Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences. Honours Students Give Back to Blind and Deaf Community

Discipline: Dentistry.Bright new smiles for UKZN

Discipline: Family Medicine. UKZN Lecturer obtains PhD for Improving Obstetric Surgical Safety in KZN Hospitals

Discipline: Occupational Therapy. Study Calls for Closer Look at Substance Abuse in Rural KZN Community

Discipline: Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy Students “Dazzle for Disabilities” on Casual Day 

Discipline: Audiology. Free Hearing Screening for UKZN Community on Deaf Awareness Day

Discipline:  Radiology. Study Could Help to Distinguish Breast TB from Breast Cancer