College of Health Sciences

Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Communique’

Volume 1 | Issue 2

A quarterly overview of activities, events, achievements and news from the College of Health Sciences.

INTRODUCTORY MESSAGE FROM THE DVC

Colleagues this has been a term of inspiring greatness. I am particularly proud of the women in our College who won prestigious International and National awards.  I want to specifically mention Professor Verusia Chetty from the School of Health Sciences (SHS) who is First runner up in the prestigious Department of Science and Technology South African Women in Sciences Awards, in the Distinguished Young Women Humanities and Social Sciences category.

Professor Ncoza Dlova won 2 awards this term. The AfricaBio President’s Excellence award and the Chamber of Commerce ‘Professional of the Year’ award. Also, from the SHS, is Dr Vanessa Raquel Moodley who was awarded an HPCSA Merit Award in recognition of outstanding performance of individual practitioners. Well done to all our outstanding female achievers.

The College hosted a very successful women’s Day programme, themed ‘50 Shades of Pink’. The aim of the day was to empower all women (academic and professional services) in our College through an amazing key-note address by Dr Kgari-Masondo. Pink is a colour of hope. The theme of the day inspired the ladies to be compassionate, caring and considerate in their interactions and to focus on empowering other women by creating opportunities for their growth and career mobility, be it in education, health care, and in the workplace. 

This term, the CHS also hosted a successful site inspection of all the MMED programmes offered in the Schools of Clinical Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.  The site inspection followed after the College had presented a self-assessment report to the HPCSA earlier this year. The report was well- received and overall regarded in a positive light. I am proud to mention that the majority of our Departments received full 5 year accreditation. Further details will be provided as soon as we receive the formal detailed report from the HPCSA in a few weeks’ time.

Reaching a milestone in the list of achievements this term, is also the launch of Phase Two of the Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (MLCCP). Phase Two is a complement to Phase One, and it will focus on: (1) evaluating lung health, (2) histological subtypes and genetics of lung cancer, (3) clinical presentation, treatment outcomes, and (4) pulmonary rehabilitation, using some evidence which has emerged from Phase One of the study.

I am excited to announce the appointment of Professor Anil Chuturgoon as the Acting Dean of Research. We are indeed proud to have another one of UKZN’s Top researchers as part of our Leadership team. Click here for full story

It is also a pleasure to inform you of the appointment of Professor Willem Hanekom as a new Director of the Africa Health Research Institute. Click here for full story

The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences made a few senior appointments this term including Dr Marius Van Der Walt as the acting HOD for Anatomical Pathology and Dr Khine Swe Swe Han as the newly appointed HOD for Medical Microbiology. Dr Andile Khathi is appointed as acting Academic Leader of Human Body Form and Function and Dr Michelle Gordon agreed to assist as Academic Leader of Infectious Diseases from 1st July. 

I am also happy to announce the appointment of two new biostatisticians to assist staff in the College. They are Ms Nobuhle Mchunu, who is based in Grey’s Hospital Park Home and Mr Partson Tinarwo, based in Room 218 of the Main Building on the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine campus.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

September 16, 2019

Two Prestigious International Awards for Academic

Academic Leader: Research in the School of Nursing and Public Health, Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, is the recipient of two prestigious...
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September 16, 2019

Professional of the Year and AfricaBio President’s Excellence Award

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC has awarded Professor Ncoza Dlova, Dean and Head of the School of...
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September 16, 2019

HPCSA Presidential Merit Award for Optometrist

UKZN’s Optometry Senior Lecturer Dr Vanessa Moodley received the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Health Merit Award at...
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September 16, 2019

South African Women in Sciences Award

Congratulations to Professor Verusia Chetty, academic Leader of Teaching and Learning in the School of Health sciences, who made us...
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September 16, 2019

Medical Student Awarded Prestigious Changemaker Scholarship

Mr Kapil Narain, a fifth-year Medical student at UKZN, is a recipient of the inaugural Changemaker Scholarship made possible by...
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September 16, 2019

Contribution to Dental Public Health Earns Academic International Recognition

UKZN’s Professor Shenuka Singh has received an international award at a dentistry summit organised by the International Venus Foundation in...
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September 16, 2019

UKZN Lecturer Awarded SAFRI Fellowship

Lecturer, Ms Keshena Naidoo has been awarded the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) scholarship for a Health Professions educator to...
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September 16, 2019

Stripe Grant

Professor Mosa Moshabela The College of Health Sciences, as a previous MEPI recipient, has been awarded a 9 month grant...
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September 16, 2019

UKZN Signs MOU with Health and Welfare SETA on African Traditional Medicine

UKZN’s Discipline of Traditional Medicine recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) at the...
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September 16, 2019

Institute for People-Centred Health

Professor Nana Poku In keeping with UKZN’s goal to be regarded as a globally ranked research-intensive university responding to major...
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RESEARCH

September 16, 2019

Multi-million Rand Research Award to UKZN’s Scientists for Cutting-Edge Study

Scientists from UKZN’s College of Health Sciences have received a R12.8 million grant from the South African Medical Research Council...
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September 16, 2019

Upscaling of ART Coverage Reduces TB in South Africa

A groundbreaking study indicating a significant link between the scale up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage and a reduction in...
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September 16, 2019

Cutting-Edge Science Harnessed to Seek SA Healthcare Solutions

The Afrocentric Precision Approach to the Control Health Epidemics (APACHE) Flagship project at UKZN is an interdisciplinary approach aimed at...
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TEACHING AND LEARNING

September 16, 2019

Excellence in Teaching Award for UKZN CHS Academic

And for the first time at UKZN, Certificates in Excellence in Teaching were presented. They went to Professor Ruth Hoskins,...
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September 16, 2019

Cuban-Trained Medical Students Return to UKZN

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a “welcome home” party for the 126 medical students who all completed the...
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

September 16, 2019

KZN Supports Crazy Socks4Docs Campaign

UKZN Medical students supported the #CrazySocks4Docs (CS4D) campaign to show solidarity for all medical professionals and students living with depression...
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September 16, 2019

College of Health Sciences Hosts Screening of Township Documentary for Mandela Day

The College of Health Sciences, in association with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and the directors of...
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September 16, 2019

UKZN Spreads Mandela’s Love at Special School

UKZN’s College of Health Sciences, in partnership with the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) and the Information and Communication Services Division,...
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September 16, 2019

Nursing Students Reach Out to Learners

Fourth-year Psychiatric Nursing students at UKZN held a mini-seminar for Grade 9 to 12 learners at Montarena Secondary School in...
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CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

WESTVILLE CAMPUS:
Renovations are currently underway to the Discipline of Speech Language Therapy, Discipline of Audiology and the Histologay Laboratory.

HOWARD COLLEGE CAMPUS:
Renovations are underway in the School of Nursing and Public Health Staff Room to enable more filing space

NELSON R MANDELA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE:
The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences is renovating the Undergraduate Laboratory on the 5th Floor of the Main Building.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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