Huge congratulations to Prof Andrew Argent who was awarded the SA Medical Association (SAMA) Lifetime Achievement award on Saturday at their annual conference. This is wonderful recognition of his extraordinary contributions to caring for children and to improving child health.
Dr Diane Gray was awarded the best oral presentation in paediatric pulmonology at the South African Thoracic Society Congress for her presentation "Lung function in the first year of life in African infants: effect of early life pneumonia". Prof Zar commented "This is ground breaking work from the lung function research team, that Di has so superbly established in the Drakenstein Child Health study.
Dr Shrish Budree was awarded the South African Thoracic Society GSK Fellowship for his work on nutrition, growth and pneumonia in the Drakenstein Child Health Study - another important area for child health.
Dr Leah Githinji was awarded a prestigious doctoral scholarship by the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research, UK. This will enable her to undertake 3 years of study towards her PhD on "Lung function in HIV-infected adolescents in the Cape Town adolescent antiretroviral chohort", a study that is currently underway in REACH.