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R32 million injection to support and encourage breastfeeding in KZN

UKZN's Centre for Rural Health and department of Paediatrics in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has embarked on a three year project to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding in KZN. Read More
Transformation of medical curriculum highlighted at colloquium 


The 2014 NRF Medical Education Colloquium hosted by UKZN's Department of Rural Health was held to launch a study focusing on transforming medical education so that it emphasizes quality, quantity and relevance in keeping with global developments in medical education.  

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Rural health chief geared to advance transformation of medical curriculum

UKZN’s Department of Rural Health, the first in South Africa, recently appointed Dr Mosa Moshabela as its Head and Chief Specialist.

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Infants of teenage mums at higher HIV risk 

A study by researchers at UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health has found that babies born to HIV-positive teenage mothers are more likely to be infected with HIV than babies born to women older than 20.
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Address by Dr. Ronald Engels

The Centre for Rural Health hosted Dr Ronald Ingels on 16 October 2013. He spoke on his perspective of the Nationalisation of mission hospitals in the Eastern Cape.

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Family Medicine Conference in Kampala

Dr Bernhard Gaede from the Centre for Rural Health at UKZN was invited to deliver a keynote address at the 3rd Annual Family Medicine Conference of Uganda held in Kampala on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2013.
isiZulu communication skills video presentation

On Wednesday 18th September, the Discipline of Rural Health was host to a presentation on the “Use of isiZulu videos in teaching communication skills in the MBChB programme at UKZN”. The presentation bore testimony to interdepartmental and inter-College collaboration of the team: Dr Paula Diab from Rural Health, Dr Margy Matthews from the School of Clinical Medicine and Ms Roshni Gokool from the African languages department.

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UKZN SAVING THE LIVES OF RURAL MOTHERS AND BABIES

UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has received more than R1 million in funding to pilot a project aimed at reducing mother and child mortality though service integration in primary healthcare in KwaZulu-Natal.

Deputy Director of CRH, Dr Christiane Horwood, who will direct the Centre’s Reducing Mother and Child Mortality (RMCH) project, said a lot could be done to improve on the services clinics offer mothers and babies residing in rural communities, especially in the plight of HIV.

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SAAHE 2013

UKZN hosted the 6th annual SAAHE conference from 27 to 29 June 2013 at the Gateway Hotel. The theme was "Information to Transformation" is open to your interpretation as you relate it to all ares of health sciences education.

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PRESENTATION ON CENTRE FOR RURAL HEALTH'S NOMPILO PROJECT

The Nompilo team presented preliminary findings on its on-going Nompilo research project being conducted in KwaZulu-Natal's Ugu district.

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HEALTH SCIENCES CELEBRATES INCREASE IN POSTGRADUATE DEGREES

A total of 24 doctoral degrees, nine of which went to staff members, was conferred at the 2013 College of Health Sciences Graduation ceremonies, representing a 25 percent increase on last year’s number of doctoral graduates.
The College also celebrated 116 Masters degrees earned by staff and students – a 50 percent increase in last year’s graduate numbers.
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STUDY OF COMMUNITY-LEVEL RESOURCES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) recently held a feedback session on the appraisal of community-level resources for women and children in four health districts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), results from the five-month study were presented by Ms Ruth Mokoatle and Ms Nelly Khuzwayo from CRH, who said the intention was to describe current community systems reaching out to women and children in the districts.

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RESEARCH ON RURAL HEALTH

Three academics from the disciplines of Rural Health and Family Medicine at UKZN recently presented findings from a study in which they evaluated the District Based Learning (DBL) Project of final-year medical students who completed the “rural block” of their Family Medicine programme training at district-based hospitals affiliated to the University.

The results of this research were not included in the final DBL close-out report delivered by the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) in 2011/2012.

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RESEARCH ON THE INTEGRATION OF HIV, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES IN KWAZULU-NATAL

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NOMPILO PROJECT ADVOCATES FOR BETTER RURAL HEALTHCARE IN THE UGU DISTRICT


Rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal are benefiting from a strategic partnership between the KZN provincial Department of Health (DoH), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the 20 000+ partnership, and the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) at UKZN.

Communities in the rural areas of the Ugu District are witness to the partnership's on-going Nompilo Research Project that is examining the impact of interventions to improve childhood survival through community caregivers (CCGs) using a community based mother and child health intervention based on integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI).

The intervention comprises two weeks of residential training to give the CCGs the skills required for implementation, followed by regular supportive visits every two weeks using a quality improvement approach.

CRH says the availability and quality of health care in rural areas is often compromised, leaving these communities without adequate access to care. The Centre uses research, education programmes, capacity building and advocacy to address these challenges. Health workers, officials from the public health system, health science students, and residents of rural communities benefit from these efforts

Dr Christiane Horwood, Research Manager at CRH, said: 'We hope we will be able to show that community based interventions provided by CCGs can improve uptake of key interventions like early antenatal clinic attendance, post-natal care and HIV testing, which will improve outcomes for mothers and children in the most vulnerable communities.
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TOGETHER AND ENGAGED

Community Participation in Education, Research and Service

This conference brought together the Wonca World Rural Health Conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network.
NEW GRANT TO DEVELOP RURAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE



UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has been awarded a three-year grant of R17 million by the international organisation, The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), to oversee a project that will support the development of rural academic excellence at UKZN and throughout South Africa.

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SAAHE CONFERENCE AT UKZN

UKZN is the official host for next year’s South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference.This was announced by Dr Veena Singaram, SAAHE KwaZulu-Natal Regional Chair, at a Health Professions Education Research journal club meeting held on the Howard College campus by the Teaching and Learning Office, College of Health Sciences.

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THE CHALLENGES OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Basic skills to enhance communication between healthcare workers and patients and their families was the theme of an interesting workshop hosted by UKZN’s Department of Rural Health.

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IMPROVING NEWBORN CARE IN THE UGU DISTRICT By Shellique Carby

It has been long realised that newborn child care has been deficient in the country, so a five-day training session, aimed at improving newborn care, was conducted at Port Shepstone Hospital by clinicians who have previously been trained in this field. This will be followed by a series of training specifically on newborn care.

The training is aimed at improving newborn care skills of health professionals of government hospitals, community health centres and clinics in the Ugu District.Port Shepstone Hospital is the first site in KZN for training of this nature. Therefore mothers going to deliver in hospitals can get excellent care and improved management of their new- born babies. Courtesy of Fever.Online

It has been long realised that newborn child care has been deficient in the country, so a five-day training session, aimed at improving newborn care, was conducted at Port Shepstone Hospital by clinicians who have previously been trained in this field. This will be followed by a series of training specifically on newborn care.

The training is aimed at improving newborn care skills of health professionals of government hospitals, community health centres and clinics in the Ugu District. Port Shepstone Hospital is the first site in KZN for training of this nature. Therefore mothers going to deliver in hospitals can get excellent care and improved management of their new- born babies. Courtesy of Fever.Online

PUBLIC FORUM ON SA NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

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