Centre for Rural Health

Centre for Rural Health

     We work to improve the health of rural communities through research,

capacity building and advocacy. 

Dr Mosa Moshabela    Rural health Department Head get NRF Education Grant 


UKZN’s Department of Rural Health Head and Chief Specialist Dr Mosa Moshabela has been awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) grant of just under a R1 million to be used over three years for a research project titled: Transformation of the Medical Curriculum to Meet the Needs of the Health Care System in South African. 

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 Tivani   Post graduate student with Rural Health


Tivani-Mashamba-Thompson is a post graduate student with the Discipline of Rural Health.  

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 Dr Mosa Moshabela   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.  read more

 
 Dr Engels  

 

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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 Dr Gaede   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.

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 Roshni Gokool, Paula Diab & Margy Matthews    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.        read more

 
 Dr C Horwood   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.
 
    GRANT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF INFANTS IN KZN


The UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health (CRH) will receive a grant from the ELMA Foundation over the next three years to improve neo-natal care in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The money will be used in a programme – the KwaZulu-Natal Initiative for New Born Care Project (KINC) – which oversees the support and development of infant care in district hospitals.

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 Nompilo team  
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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 Dr C Horwood and other Health Sciences PhD graduates    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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 Ms Ruth Mokoatle and Ms Nelly Khuzwayo    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.   Read more

 
 Dr Patrick McNeill, Dr Paula Diab and Dr Andrew Ross     

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.  read more


 

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