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APFP Committee

Prof. Jo Wilmshurst - Chairperson
Director of APFP
Head of Paediatric Neurology

Email: jo.wilmshurst@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Prof. Jo Wilmshurst is Chair of the African Paediatric Fellowship Program. She is also Head of Paediatric Neurology at the Red Cross Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, in South Africa.

She is a member of the executive committee of PANDA-SA (Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of Southern Africa) and the African Paediatric Neurology Association. She is the Secretary of the International Child Neurology Association.

She is a member of the Commission on Paediatrics for the ILAE. She is part of the combined ILAE/WHO working group for establishing neonatal guidelines and is chairing the ILAE group for establishing infantile seizure guidelines.

Prof. Andrew Argent 
Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Head of Paediatric Intensive Care

Email: nonzwakazi.mbelebele@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Prof. Andrew Argent is Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Medical Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Red Cross Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, in South Africa.

Professor Andrew Argent, was elected as president of the World Federation of Paediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS). The Federation was established in 1997 to improve the care of critically ill children worldwide through educational, scientific and charitable programmes. It now includes more than 25 societies, representing more than 10 000 practitioners involved in paediatric critical care around the world.

Prof. Heather Zar

Email: nonzwakazi.mbelebele@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Professor and Chair Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

Heather Zar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Director of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology at Red Cross Childrens' Hospital at the University of Cape Town. As a clinician scientist, her work encompasses clinical responsibilities, administration, research, education and training. After she specialised as a paediatrician and then as a paediatric pulmonologist, she completed a PhD at UCT on respiratory illness in HIV-infected children. She has been closely involved in the development of global and African educational and research networks. Her research, focusing on child lung health, uses a translational approach to apply complex technology to clinical problems using a wide range of methodologies.

Areas of research interest include childhood TB, pneumonia, HIV-associated lung disease, asthma and the development of a low cost spacer device. She has published widely in high impact journals and has been the recipient of a number of research awards. She is rated as an internationally acclaimed researcher by the South African National Research Foundation and was elected a Fellow of University of Cape Town in 2007.

She holds leadership positions in a number of national and international organisation concerned with the promotion of child health including the vice president of the Pan African Thoracic Society and the President Elect of the South African Thoracic Society. She is strongly committed to the growth, development and transformation of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health through mentorship, excellent teaching and training, improvement of clinical services, integration of clinical and research activities and advocacy.

Associate Professor Brenda Morrow
Deputy-Director of APFP
Head:  APFP Child Health and Rehabilitation Therapy training

Email:  brenda.morrow@uct.ac.za

Assoc. Prof. Alan Davidson
Head of the Registrar Co-ordinating Committee
Consultant in Haematology/Oncology

Email: alan.davidson@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Alan Davidson is the head of Haematology-Oncology at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. His interests are the development of shared care platforms and locally appropriate treatment protocols and he is the outgoing chair of the South African Children's Cancer Study Group. His clinical interests are HIV-related malignancy, brain tumours and bone marrow transplantation. He also takes a keen interest in paediatric education and serves as the director of postgraduate education in UCT's Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Dr Shamiel Salie

Dr Shamiel Salie
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care

Email: shamiel.salie@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287
Assciate Prof Alan Davidson

Dr Lloyd Tooke
Department of Neonatology
Senior Neonatal Consultant
Groote Schuur Hospital


Lloyd Tooke is a neonatal consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital and is affiliated to the University of Cape Town. He has a special interest in congenital and neonatal infections including HIV. He also promotes the use of neonatal databases for comparative and improvement purposes and is responsible for GSH’s presence on the Vermont-Oxford Network.  Some of his life highlights include a 4 month road trip though Africa and the birth of his 3 children.


Professor Mignon McCulloch

Email: mignon.mcculloch@uct.ac.za

Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant with strong interest in outreach and teaching in fields of Nephrology and Critical Care in Children. Current President of African Paediatric Nephrology Association(AFPNA) Assistant Secretary to International Paediatric Nephrology Association(IPNA)

Prof Minette Coetzee

Professor Minette Coetzee
Head: Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI)

Email: minette.coetzee@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Minette Coetzee RN. PhD works with children's nurses throughout the Southern African region committed to translating complex emerging scientific understandings and evidence into simple and effective nursing interventions that can improve health outcomes of children in the region.

At the hospital she leads a practice development initiative with two major components: A broad-based practice improvement research programme and two postgraduate diplomas in paediatric and paediatric critical care nursing.

There are two options for nurse fellows:

Short term visits of up to three months to gain experience in a particular clinical area e.g. neonatal nursing, paediatric nephrology, paediatric oncology. These placements are best suited to registered nurses who work with medical fellows on the APFP. If eligible registered nurses with a four year nursing training can apply to do a one year postgraduate diploma in Child or Critical Care Child Nursing. For more information see our website.

APFP Admin Team


Bee Williams
APFP Programme Coordinator

Email: bee.williams@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Veronica Shumane
APFP Programme Secretary

Email: veshy.shumana@uct.ac.za
Fax: 021 689 1287

Training Facilitators

Transition and Translation of Knowledge facilitators



Avril Campbell
Senior Finance Officer

Email: avril.campbell@uct.ac.za