New Head of Department
Professor Andrew Argent has been appointed as Head of Department: Paediatrics and Child Health with effect from 1 November 2017 for a three-year term.
Heather Zar recipient of 2018 Alan Pifer Award
Professor Heather Zar has been named recipient of the 2018 Alan Pifer Award – a prestigious prize presented annually by UCT’s vice-chancellor in recognition of outstanding socially responsive research. This adds to her achievements of 2018 which...
First Patient moved into New ICU
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the largest ICU for children in Africa is currently being upgraded and expanded from a 22-bed to 39-bed facility.
Child rights and Child Law
The Children’s Institute will be hosting its annual short course from 3 – 7 December. Register now and find out how child rights can enhance your health care practice.
E-cigarette use and vaping are already common amongst youth in South Africa. This is facilitated by a concerning lack of control of the industry, sales and advertising. The Department of Health has therefore drafted the Control of Tobacco Products...


Sunday, 16 December 2018
African Pediatric Fellowship Programme featured on CNN

CNN Inside Africa has featured the APFP which in the past 10 years has successfully trained fellows from partner African academic institutions based on identified child health needs of these countries.

Publication Date:
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 - 13:15

Congratulations to Professor Liesl Zuhlke who recently won the prestigious SA Medical Research Council/ UK Department of International Development(MRC/DFID) African Research Leader Award. The award, valued at £750 000 (R14.565 million) over 5 years, will assist Prof Zühlke in continuing her research of children with heart disease in Africa,  in partnership with Prof Bernard Kheavney (UK) as well as local partners Prof Mark Engel, Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, Prof Raj Ramasar, Prof Mpiko Ntsekhe, Dr Blanche Cupido and Prof Ntobeko Ntusi.  This is a wonderful award and further affirmation of the extra-ordinary work that Liesl and her colleagues have been doing. 

See the link below to see the full announcement of the award.

Publication Date:
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 - 14:00

Welcome back to Prof Jo Wilmshurst and Natasha North to the Department after a very successful trip to the UK participate in the THET annual conference. Natasha’s presentation of an abstract jointly authored with Minette Coetzee and titled: “Building the children’s nursing workforce for Africa, in Africa: sustaining and growing capacity through education, research and system strengthening” received the prize for best abstract presentation.

This is especially rewarding in the context of a conference where the majority of programmes represented were UK-led collaborations with LMICs. It is very gratifying to see the proudly South to South models of Child  Nursing Practice  Development Initiative and APFP recognised in this forum.   


Publication Date:
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 - 14:00

Congratulations to Professor Mignon McCulloch who has been appointed as Head of Clinical Unit for Paediatric Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplantation.  She will formally take up the duties at the beginning of September.

Publication Date:
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 18:00