There are around 1.2 billion adolescents (between 10 and 19 years of age) worldwide. (1) In South Africa, the number of adolescents is estimated at 9 950 100–almost 21% of the population. (2) They constitute a large fraction of society, with specific characteristics and needs. Sexual maturation and physical growth to almost adult size are […]
Background. Since 1994, higher education policy has been committed to equity of access for all, irrespective of race and gender. Objectives. We investigated progress towards these goals in the education of medical doctors, with an emphasis on gender.
The Collaboration for Health Equity through Education and Research (CHEER) was formed in 2003 to examine strategies that would increase the production of health professional graduates who choose to practise in rural and under-served areas in South Africa. It consists of an academic from each of nine universities in South Africa with a health science […]
In 2008, the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) initiated a project entitled ‘Strengthening Academic Medicine and Specialist Training’ as a response to the concern among medical and dental professionals about increasing challenges in the academic training environment and issues relating to the output and retention of specialists and sub-specialists in the public health […]
INTRODUCTION The process of research begins with grant-writing and concludes with publication. According to a recent study, in resource-poor settings, in-country national research and publications change clinical practice . One way to promote the visibility of these publications is for them to be peer reviewed and indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed. This process is fundamental not only […]
Blood transfusion has become an essential component of modern medical practice. However, worldwide epidemics of viral diseases–in particular, HIV/AIDS–have made the practice of blood transfusion therapy hazardous, motivating scientists to devise techniques and strategies to ensure the supply of safe blood and blood components for clinical use. The challenges are particularly great in sub-Saharan Africa, […]
Some genetic disorders are ubiquitous, occurring in every ethnic group and in all geographical regions, while others show considerable ethnic and geographical specificity. In turn, the presence or absence of specific genetic disorders in a particular community has important implications for medical diagnosis, management and genetic counselling. The genetic disorders present in South Africa were […]