Cardiac Inaugural Protea workshop
The 13-16th March marked the Inaugural PROTEA (Partnerships for Children with Heart Disease in Africa ) workshop hosted by The Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit and the Western Cape Paediatric Cardiology Service.
Paediatrics Transplant Celebration
Celebrating Kidney, Bone marrow, Heart and liver transplants over the last 50 years - attended by Minister Mbombo, patients, parents and staff (including many people who have been part of the programme for many years – or even from the start)....
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.


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Congratulations to Dr Aneesa Vanker who was awarded the SA Thoracic Society Paediatric Pulmonology Best Publication Award for the Publication:  Vanker A, Barnett W, Workman L, Nduru PM, Sly PD, Gie RP, Zar HJ.  Early-life exposure to indoor air pollution or tobacco smoke and lower respirator tract illness and wheezing in African infants:  a longitudinal birth cohort study.  Lancet Planet Health.  2017 Nov;1(8):e328-e336.

Great work by Aneesa and the Drakenstein team! Prof Andrew Argent

Publication Date:
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 - 15:00

Congratulations to Dr Natasha Rhoda who was offered and now formally accepted the appointment as the new Head of Clinical Unit in Neonatology at Mowbray Maternity Hospital.  Dr Natasha Rhoda will replace Dr Lucy Linley in the position when Lucy retires at the end of August 2019.  Wishing her and the Department all the very best as she prepares to take on this position at the end of August.

Prof Andrew Argent

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 - 17:30

Congratulations to Leandra Palmer who will be graduating with her honours in Financial Risk Management.  an incredible achievement especially as she has done this while working full time and being a mother!  Prof Andrew Argent

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 - 17:45

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