As my grandmother used to say, ‘There are only two families in the world, the haves and the have-nots.’ (1) (Cervantes) In the last analysis it is not so much their subjects that the great teachers teach us as it is they themselves. (2) (Frederich Buechner) If the HIV epidemic has done Africa any good, […]
Background. Mosvold Hospital is one of 5 district hospitals providing care for 555 000 indigent people in the Umkhanyakude district, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Recruitment of professional staff is an ongoing challenge for hospital management. An innovative, locally based scholarship scheme, the Friends of Mosveld Scholarship Scheme (FOMSS), was established in 1998 to: (i) identify and fund […]
Clinicians frequently estimate fetal weight when examining women in labour at term. This may help in predicting cephalopelvic disproportion when labour progress is poor, (1) or give early warning of possible shoulder dystocia. (2) In experienced hands, intrapartum clinical estimates of birth weight for term infants are at least as good as ultrasound-based predictions, being […]
Objective. There are an estimated 350 million hepatitis B carriers worldwide. In South Africa the prevalence of mono-infection with hepatitis B has been estimated to range from 1% in urban areas to approximately 10% in rural areas. The exact prevalence of hepatitis B in the HIV-infected population has not been well established. Hepatitis B screening […]
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 […]
Stroke is an increasingly important cause of premature death and chronic disability in many low- and middle-income countries. (1) Worldwide, strokes resulting from ischaemia are much more common than those due to cerebral haemorrhage. A study of 3 000 hospitalised first-in-a-lifetime stroke patients across 22 countries found that overall 22% of strokes were due to […]