We love South Africa and its people. That's why we partner with others to help better the lives of more South Africans. Read more about the healthcare heroes in our community and how they're changing the lives of others for the better.

Dr Ncumisa Sabona wants to upskill junior doctors in anaesthesiology in Mthatha

Dr Sabona is researching the prevalence and risk factors of imaging confirmed neurological complications among patients with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Revelling in the gifts of guidance - Massachusetts General Hospital Fellow, Dr Sumy Thomas

The 2020/1 recipient of the prestigious Discovery Foundation MGH Award, Thomas, 34, is halfway through a year-long medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

Discovery Foundation alumnus, Professor Mushi Matjila, to head University of Cape Town's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department

Discovery Foundation alumnus and education activist, Professor Mushi Matjila, is to take over from women's health ground breaker, Professor Lynette Denny, as head of UCT's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on 1 April this year.

A website and app dedicated to C-section training? Dr Liesl de Waard's goal

In a perfect world, obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Liesl de Waard would apply easy-to-use technology and simulation programs to teach medical students and aspirant trainers how to perform safe caesarean sections.

Dr Pfunzo Machimana gets to the heart of healthcare-seeking behaviour

Seeing how patient behaviours and lifestyles result in illness and being schooled in a preventative approach has turned family medicine registrar Dr Pfunzo Machimana into a self-confessed closet social worker.

Easing the trauma of childbirth for women in rural settings

Dr Andrew Wilkins' Discovery Foundation-funded research involves assessing maternal and foetal outcomes from vacuum-assisted vaginal deliveries by non-specialist medical doctors at Madwaleni Hospital.

Halting cancer's genetic legacy - Dr Meryl Oyomno

What if one could stop colon cancer in the embryo? This is the crux of Dr Meryl Oyomno's cutting-edge research for which she has received a 2021 Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award.

South African Breastmilk Reserve - a lifeline for mothers and babies

The South African Breastmilk Reserve's innovative research on finding new ways to test donated breastmilk for HIV and hepatitis B is set to save millions of rands and untold lives of mothers and babies.

"Male infertility is a very real problem" - Dr Ramokone Mogotlane

Gynaecologist Dr Ramokone Mogotlane realised early in her career that infertility is not only a woman's problem. Male infertility can affect a person's entire life. That is why she has chosen reproductive medicine as the focus of her sub-specialisation.

Solving a doctor's dilemma: hidden germs on cellphones

The thought that she, as a mother and a doctor, could be carrying harmful bacteria into the paediatric ICU where she worked with vulnerable children, made Dr Libinu Thomas wonder about the most effective ways of disinfecting doctors' cellphones.

"What's my purpose?" Dr Leigh Wagner champions healthy behaviour change in Khayelitsha

Family doctor Dr Leigh Wagner trains primary healthcare professionals to teach lifestyle changing behaviours to patients living with diabetes in Khayelitsha - a worthy cause for which she received a 2021 Discovery Foundation Award.

Paediatrician puts spotlight on kidney conditions in South African children

When Dr Nokukhanya Ngubane-Mwandla was in high school, she already knew she wanted to be a paediatrician. She found a way to turn this dream into a reality, and today she is sub-specialising to help save children with kidney conditions.

Prof Hoffie Conradie empowers healthcare workers to prevent burnout

Medical knowledge and self-knowledge are essential in being an effective doctor or nurse. Prof Hoffie Conradie is giving healthcare professionals in rural areas of the Eastern Cape the tools they need to manage stress and prevent burnout.

"The cycle of violence needs to be broken" - Dr Deidré McPherson

Dr Deidré McPherson is a trauma surgeon working on the front lines in Cape Town, one of the most violent cities in the world. With her Discovery Foundation Award, she hopes to carve a career in academic trauma surgery and to help train more surgeons in this field.

Getting to the bare bones of rheumatology needs

Despite working extra shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Emma Gardiner remains cheerful and takes things in her stride - such as when she decided to continue rheumatology services at Livingstone Hospital despite her senior colleague's departure.

Supporting the mental health of young men undergoing ritual circumcision

Traditional initiation rites can sometimes lead to traumatic outcomes for young men. Prof Zukiswa Zingela and her team are finding innovative ways of bringing mental healthcare to communities in far-flung regions of the Eastern Cape.

Empowering women with better access to family planning

At the time of writing in 2020, Dr Dylan Gibson was in his final year of the family medicine postgraduate programme through Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha. He received a Discovery Foundation Rural Individual Award to fund his research on contraceptives.

Dr Mmamolapi Molokwane makes dental surgery possible with the bare basics

The dental department at Van Velden Hospital in Tzaneen provides basic dentistry for patients in Limpopo. It is also the only place in the region where patients can get dentures. These travelling dental healthcare workers have learned how to improvise.

Nephrology sub-specialisation: It was now or never

Dr Ismail Banderker had made a final decision: if his application to the Discovery Foundation Awards had been unsuccessful, he would see it as a sign that he shouldn't sub-specialise in nephrology. And then he received the good news.

"A woman's death cripples the community" - Prof Mfundo Mabenge

With international gynaecological health day around the corner, we're spotlighting Professor Mfundo Mabenge, a 2020 Discovery Foundation Award recipient who says saving women's lives is a public health issue in South Africa.

Bringing hope to children with epilepsy in the Eastern Cape

A youth exchange programme to a rural hospital in Liberia in 1987 inspired German-born Dr Isabel Michaelis to study medicine. Today, she is a paediatric neurologist who shares her expertise with patients and colleagues at Frere Hospital in East London.

Dr Veena John awarded for her research on HIV in infants

This Women's Month, we say thank you to Dr Veena John, a Discovery Foundation Award recipient whose decision to become a paediatrician is now improving the lives of children in communities in the Eastern Cape, her home province.

An obstetrician and a lawyer? That's Dr Faith Ngambu

This Women's Month, we pay tribute to Dr Faith Ngambu, an obstetrician and gynaecologist sub-specialising in maternal foetal medicine. She received a Discovery Foundation Award in 2020 to pursue this much-needed specialisation.

Caring for women when they have an abortion

Who takes care of women after they have had an abortion? Dr Kwakombe Ndjondo's research on women's experiences after voluntary termination of pregnancy at a rural hospital aims to support women and reduce pressure on public healthcare services.

Tackling post-traumatic stress disorder in ICU patients

Being in an intensive care unit and receiving critical care can be a harrowing experience. Psychiatry registrar Dr Sarah Boshoff is investigating how doctors and nurses can help to prevent triggers of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients.

Healing the hearts of babies in rural South Africa

A collaboration between the University of the Free State, the Mother and Child Academic Hospital Foundation and the Discovery Fund has led to hearts being touched across the Free State - quite literally.

Dr Mabatho Kekana strives to keep babies healthy

Until now, children, babies and adults have all had to use the same outpatient facilities at Estcourt Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, but a Rural Institutional Award from the Discovery Foundation is set to change that in the near future.

Grandmother inspires a digital approach to caring for the elderly

Dr Sihle Nhlabathi's grandmother scared her as a child. So, she studied geriatrics to understand the mental health of the elderly. Her research seeks to increase knowledge and address the dire need for geriatric psychiatrists in South Africa.

Strengthening surgical systems in SA's biggest and most sparsely populated province

Prof Kathryn Chu's stellar career stretches across 30 countries, yet she has chosen to help strengthen the surgical system at a hospital in Upington in the Northern Cape. A Distinguished Visitor Award from the Discovery Foundation will help fund her visits.

How a love of Lego led Dr Kaylem Coetzee to orthopaedic surgery

Dr Kaylem Coetzee's parents could never have guessed the impact of buying their son his first Lego set. Many years later, a harrowing personal experience was the final piece of the puzzle that made him decide to study orthopaedic surgery.

Dr Adam Asghar gives quality care to patients in rural KwaZulu-Natal

Working at a hospital in a remote rural setting has its own challenges, says Dr Adam Asghar, who has a special passion for rural healthcare. His mission is to find ways of delivering high-quality obstetric care in this challenging environment.

Satellites and specialists to improve healthcare in the Northern Cape

Healthcare workers in remote rural areas of the Northern Cape will soon be able to use technology to get a specialist's advice or to talk them through a procedure, thanks to a new project at a hospital in Upington.

Imagine a test that could identify your risk of chronic kidney disease early

Patients with kidney conditions may never meet the doctor who could have the most impact on their health. Dr Siyabonga Khoza works behind the scenes in a laboratory and his research focuses on identifying the risk of chronic kidney disease sooner.

No internal medicine specialists at regional hospitals? Let's train our own

It is difficult to recruit and retain specialist doctors in rural areas. A new programme, based at Pietersburg Hospital in Polokwane Mankweng Hospital Complex, aims to grow the number of specialists in Limpopo by training young doctors who already work there.

"Empowering women can solve most of the world's problems"

It's been a long and winding road for family medicine registrar Dr Kartik Naidoo, who is now trying to understand unplanned pregnancies in the Mossel Bay area by researching the experiences of nurses and clients in family planning at local clinics.

"Access to reproductive medicine empowers women"

While working as a gynaecologist, Dr Khatija Kadwa recognised the heavy burden that social stigma causes for women dealing with infertility. It became her mission to help women by treating infertility in under-resourced communities in South Africa.

High-risk pregnancies in rural Mpumalanga: a dedicated doctor to the rescue

Having a high-risk pregnancy if you live far away from an urban centre is a terrifying experience. Many women in Mpumalanga are thankful that Dr Sibusiso Nhlapo, obstetrician and gynaecologist, didn't listen when his parents suggested he become a teacher.

Double recognition for urologist and author, Dr Jeff John

Nothing in Dr Jeff John's life happens in singles. He comes from an extended family of doctors, he is working on his second book, and he was the only person in 2020 to receive both a Rural Individual and Institutional Award from the Discovery Foundation.

Testing patient knowledge in the fight against non-communicable diseases

Seven of the world's top 10 causes of death are non-communicable diseases, according to the WHO's 2019 Global Health Estimates. Discovery Foundation Award recipient Dr Zamanci September believes education is key to making South Africans healthier.

Mpumalanga students receive the gift of connectivity in time for exams

When principal Zanele Tjiana discovered that the computers at her school were stolen, she worried about her learners completing their lessons for 2020 - until she called Discovery's Dr Lerato Khatle, who found a sponsor in 24 hours.

Championing nuclear medicine in Limpopo, where patients struggle to access healthcare resources

If Dr Nozipho Nyakale - a nuclear medicine specialist from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University - has her way, more patients at Pietersburg Hospital in Limpopo will have access to the enormous advantages this patient-targeted medicine can offer.

Dr Johann de Wet wants to bring a skin cancer cure to more South Africans

A new micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer is proving to have an almost 100% cure rate. Dr Johann de Wet, dermatologist and skin cancer specialist, aims to make this surgery a reality for more South Africans with skin cancer.

Dr Sumy Thomas: deciphering the human puzzle from the inside out

The recipient of the prestigious Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award for 2020, Dr Sumy Thomas, will travel to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, US, where she'll explore how HIV and antiretroviral medicine affect the endocrine system.

Discovery Foundation makes R24.5m investment in training and research of public sector doctors for 2020

Despite a challenging year marked by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Discovery Foundation continues to support cutting-edge clinical research and medical training in South Africa's public and academic medicine sector.

Zithulele Training and Research Centre: a model of rural healthcare research

Dr Karl le Roux received a Discovery Foundation Rural Institutional Award in 2019 to strengthen the capacity of the Zithulele Training and Research Centre in training healthcare workers and doing research that benefits rural medicine in South Africa.

South African doctors bring global skills home with Discovery and Harvard fellowship

Every year since 2013, a South African doctor working in the public sector is chosen for a year-long fellowship to Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School based in Boston in the United States.

Exploring community-acquired pneumonia in people living with HIV

On 12 November 2020, we observed World Pneumonia Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness and demand action in the fight against pneumonia. In South Africa, Dr Murimisi Mukansi is leading a unique study on community-acquired pneumonia and HIV.

Imparting the basics of caring for the elderly

In 2019, Professor Brent Tipping received a Distinguished Visitor Award from the Discovery Foundation to improve grassroots geriatric care by teaching doctors and nurses at Tintswalo District Hospital the skills they need to care for older persons.

All women should have access to breast health services

Every woman has the right to affordable and accessible healthcare - and public-private partnerships can make that possible. The Breast Health Foundation and the Discovery Fund have joined forces to give all women access to quality breast health services.

Safe Travel to School helps scholar drivers navigate COVID 19

In the Western Cape, scholar drivers transport over 80 000 children to and from school every day. Find out how Safe Travel to School, a collaboration between Discovery and Childsafe, gave the drivers on its programme protection from COVID-19.

Spotlight on the link between HIV and mental health conditions

There are common mental health conditions associated with HIV, but doctors do not always screen patients in mental health units for the virus. Dr Illana Links hopes that her research will help patients in mental health units and in community and HIV clinics.

"Mentoring keen young doctors really energises me" - Dr David Stead

Dr David Stead received a 2019 Rural Institutional Award from the Discovery Foundation to support and train district clinicians in central Eastern Cape. He plans to put in place a rural training and support programme for doctors over three years.

Discovery employees raise funds for vulnerable communities during COVID-19

Discovery executive events manager Shamim Pierre-Eugene has inspired Discovery employees to help give essential goods to vulnerable communities. Staff members also donated blankets to Stretford Clinic and knitted scarves and beanies for orphanages.

Rural origins inspire eye care solutions

To help treat patients with keratoconus, a condition that affects the cornea, Dr Bayanda Mbambisa received the 2019 Discovery Foundation Rural Institutional Award to expand the corneal transplant service at the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.

Dr Dineo Mpanya explores innovative heart health solutions in South Africa

Nuclear medicine physician and fashion designer Dr Dineo Mpanya is researching the use of machine learning algorithms to predict patients' risk of heart failure.

Video: Discovery teaches design-thinking skills to budding entrepreneurs

Discovery usability analysts Ashnee Gounden and Magdalene Kamau spoke at the 2020 UX South Africa Conference in July about the successes and challenges of a design-thinking mentorship project they launched in 2018 at a high school in Orange Farm.

Specially trained primary healthcare workers empower patients to change their behaviour

Specialist family physician, health educator, and PhD candidate, Dr Joleen Cairncross, pilots a patient-empowerment and healthcare worker education project in the disadvantaged communities of Cloetesville and Delft in the Western Cape.

Persistence and faith drive Dr Patricia Sebola to specialise in maternal care

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Patricia Sebola initially self-funded her studies, but with her 2019 Discovery Foundation Sub-Specialist Award, she can sub-specialise in maternal and foetal medicine at the University of Pretoria in two years instead of four.

Hlokomela Women's Clinic - a safe haven for women

Where do rural women go when they need a pap smear, a mammogram, or suspect they may have breast cancer? In the town of Hoedspruit in Limpopo, they go to the Hlokomela Women's Clinic, where professional nurse Sonja Botha welcomes them with open arms.

Top cardiothoracic surgeons teach Port Elizabeth based surgeons new skills

Dr Jithan Koshy, with the support of the Discovery Foundation, has invited two experienced cardiothoracic surgeons to teach cardiac surgeons at the Livingstone Tertiary Hospital and Port Elizabeth General Hospital how to do heart surgery on children.

Cardiology chief gives Eastern Cape doctors the skills to fight heart disease

In 2019, Dr Khulile Moeketsi received a Discovery Foundation Rural Institutional Award to help implement a project to train medical doctors in rural hospitals in basic cardiology skills and to give bedside teaching on cardiology clinical signs and symptoms.

Upskilling disability peer supporters: The Manguzi Rehabilitation team

In 2019, Malamulele Onward founder Dr Gillian Saloojee received a Discovery Foundation Distinguished Visitor Award to help improve the outcomes of people with disabilities at Manguzi District Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Changing our ways of working: The 'Leadership in Action' initiative

In 2019, Professor Louis Jenkins received a Discovery Foundation Rural Institutional Award to help George Hospital implement a sustainable leadership development model based on the Academy of Business in Society's Values driven Leadership in Action programme.

#PayItForward: Discovery gives 800 meals a week to communities in need

theforum@discovery has opened its kitchens and facilities to provide 800 meals a week to communities in the dire grips of hunger as a result of COVID-19. The executive events team has also started a second initiative to give essential items to people in need.

8 young doctors to watch: The future of rural healthcare is in good hands

This Youth Month, we celebrate Umthombo Youth Development Foundation scholars who are determined to improve rural healthcare in their communities. From GPs and dentists to aspiring neurosurgeons and more, these young leaders are the ones to watch.

"I wish to see rural youth taking up space on earth"

Mxolisi Xulu is a fifth-year medical student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an ambassador for his family and community, and the founder of an NGO called Black Child's Dreams Matter. It's easy to see why this Umthombo scholar and future doctor is one to watch.

"We understand our communities better than anyone else"

Discovery asked the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation to identify eight young doctors or medical students who they think will have a big impact in the future. That's how we met Nokwanda Mathonsi, a student who wants to transform rural healthcare.

Aspiring neurosurgeon with big dreams of helping his community

A young doctor to watch: Dumisani Mthembu, a sixth-year medical student at the University of Pretoria, hopes to specialise in neurosurgery, particularly paediatric neurosurgery, once he completes his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree.

Fifth-year medical student set to take the world by storm

Meet Simphiwe Phungula, a fifth-year medical student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with big plans to improve healthcare in rural areas. She's currently doing a study with an international university on how COVID-19 is affecting students' behaviour.

Filling a dire need for dental healthcare in rural KwaZulu-Natal

Discovery asked the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation to tell us about doctors making a big impact in their communities. Meet Dr Sabelo Mngomezulu, a dentist who strives to improve the quality of life of the people of Ingwavuma, KwaZulu-Natal.

"We must become heroes of our own life stories" - Dr Phelelani Dludla

Dr Phelelani Dludla, a medical officer at Benedictine District Hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal, is passionate about the mental wellbeing of his patients and improving healthcare in his community. His keen sense of purpose makes him a young doctor to watch.

"Being a doctor was my mom's dream" - trailblazer Dr Lungile Hobe

Becoming a doctor was Dr Lungile Hobe's way of giving back to her mother. Today, the young doctor has an impressive list of achievements and ambitious plans to improve the quality of healthcare in her rural community of Mseleni, where she grew up.

Young doctor to watch: Dr Mfanukhona Nyawo strives to uplift the youth

Discovery asked the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation to identify young doctors who are making an impact in their communities. That's how we met Dr Mfanukhona Nyawo, a medical officer at Bethesda Hospital, Umthombo graduate and youth role model.

Cardiologist inspired by a committed rural doctor

In 2019, Dr Zakariya Badat received a Rural Individual Fellowship Award from the Discovery Foundation to conduct a study on how to improve the management and outcomes of patients with heart attacks at Wentworth Hospital in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Finding a link between diarrhoea and HIV infection in children

Diarrhoea is a leading cause of death in children under five, especially in under-resourced communities. That's why Dr Mani Chiliwe applied for a Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship Award to find better ways to treat children with prolonged diarrhoea.

Overcoming the odds - the incredible journey of Discovery's first MGH Fellow

Having been exposed to the high standard of research and care at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, trailblazing Discovery Fellow Dr Neliswa Gogela is determined to apply her learnings. She also wants to teach others to combine clinical practice with kindness and care.

Taking away the suffering of little children

Dr Boitumelo Pitso has received a Discovery Foundation Sub-Specialist Award to study Paediatric Pulmonology. She hopes to improve the quality of life of children with chronic lung diseases who often battle with coughing, sleeplessness and poor concentration.

Making a heartfelt difference in patients with high blood pressure

Armed with a Discovery Foundation Rural Individual Fellowship Award, Dr Trenton Oliver is determined to raise awareness on hypertension, or high blood pressure, and to educate patients in KwaZulu-Natal on how and when to take their medicine.

Dr Denzil Schietekat advocates for better care for Hanover Park's elderly

Caring for his terminally-ill godmother in an underserved retirement home on the Cape Flats as an intern and helping his late Anglican lay-minister father give communion there as a child were seminal influences for internal medicine physician Dr Denzil Schietekat.

Celebrating our #HealthHeroes: Umthombo nursing graduates make a big difference in society

This International Nurses Day, we celebrate two of Umthombo Youth Development Foundation's nursing graduates who are making a difference in their community: Nobuhle Menyuka, nurse and role model, and Zamani Dlamini, a leader in the fight against TB.

Umthombo students overcome great odds to become healthcare professionals

Helping students from rural KwaZulu-Natal qualify as healthcare professionals is about more than providing scholarships. At Umthombo, dedicated mentors empower students to overcome challenges, build resilience and take care of their mental health.

Orange Farm youth create a better future for themselves

In 2018, Discovery volunteers taught 60 learners from Aha Thuto Secondary School in Orange Farm how to solve problems using design thinking. This year, Discovery visited 10 learners who had come up with innovative solutions to address food security.

Finding better ways of helping children fight TB

Dr Vishesh Sood, a final-year radiology registrar working at the Red Cross Children's War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, received a Discovery Foundation Award to investigate the value of using an abdominal ultrasound to diagnose TB in children.

Building a community of healthcare workers one student at a time

Like any hero's journey, the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation faced many challenges in its quest to create a community of healthcare workers. Read this inspiring story of a community investing in each other to reshape the future of rural healthcare.

Creating respectful maternity care advocates in Limpopo

Dr Joy Summerton is so passionate about providing excellent care to mothers and their newborn babies in Limpopo that she received a Discovery Foundation Award in 2019 to train healthcare workers on respectful maternity care.

The Eastern Cape's first foetal medicine candidate hopes to save lives

When 2019 Discovery Foundation Sub-Specialist Award recipient Dr Nontsikelelo Gubu-Ntaba was still in high school, her mother completed a Bachelor of Education degree. Seeing her mother pursue her dreams has inspired Dr Gubu-Ntaba to study further.


Discovery underpins transformative KZN wellspring initiative

In March 2019 Discovery hosted a conference aimed at encouraging fellow corporates to join in pooling resources for social impact. In this series, we look at the transformation that occurs when companies and organisations become partners for social good.


Hlokomela: a case study in partnership excellence

The Hlokomela programme, built around the passion of Christine du Preez, a nursing sister married to a Limpopo fruit farmer, is an impressive demonstration of the power of strategic partnerships for social good.


Discovery Award boosts treatment of pulmonary vascular disease

Dr Brian Allwood, a senior pulmonologist was granted the Discovery Foundation MGH award and recently returned to South Africa to share his year-long learning in the United States


Bringing medical excellence home: Dr Allwood's ambition to raise the bar

Back home a year since returning from 12 months of Discovery Fellowship-funded training in America, Dr Allwood is thrilled that his new skills are saving lives. His mission: to raise the bar of medical excellence in SA.


One doctor's vision to expand research tailored to Africa

It took a year abroad for Dr Salome Maswime to grasp the value of global health advocacy: participating is key to representing African interests at an international policy level. And, making us all proud this #WomensMonth, that's just what she intends to do.


Discovery Fellows bring cutting-edge medicine to SA shores

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award - valued at R2.1 million - enables a specialist clinician to experience Harvard Medical School's largest teaching hospital for a year. We caught up with our five Fellows here to learn what impact they're making.


Dr Maswime brings home global learnings in women's health

Millions of childbearing women in SA are HIV-infected, but there is hope. The return of Dr Salome Maswime after a Discovery-funded year in America studying placental pathology with the world's best clinicians will no doubt save even more lives.

Dr Chetty embraces the chance to ease SA's pain burden

Since arriving in Boston on June 2019 to study pain management, anaesthesiologist Dr Sean Chetty is slowly settling into the new way of life - and is excited about what his Discovery Fellowship-funded year has in store.

Persevering against the odds to save critically ill children

Sometimes a single carefully focussed intervention - like funding the training of an intensivist for an under-staffed, under-equipped intensive care unit at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha - can be the catalyst for dynamic change.

Vitamin deficiency evidence - a likely gamechanger in mental health

Megan Schultz's research on the nutritional state of mentally ill patients could significantly improve the lives of many people, especially if bolstered by evidence-based policies and changes in nutrition-related laws.

Easing the mental health hardships of rural mothering

Dr Nokwazi Mtshengu's Discovery Fellowship Award is helping her translate to isiXhosa a globally accredited psychiatric tool to assess postpartum depression, which will benefit depressed mothers, the infant, family and broader community.

Eastern Cape doctor receives Discovery Foundation Award to research catatonia

Psychiatric registrar Dr Carmenita Groves says her analysis of arguably the largest cohort of patients diagnosed with catatonia in South Africa, observing their presentation, management and outcomes, is already boosting referrals at Dora Nginza Hospital.

Discovery Foundation alumni drive mental healthcare for all

Since its inception, the Discovery Foundation has invested in doctors and academics who are making a positive contribution to mental healthcare in South Africa. These mental health heroes are striving to make mental health more accessible for all.

Celebrating the mental health heroes of Discovery

To wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, we honour a few of our mental health heroes - five Discovery Foundation Awards alumni and one supervisor whose positive contribution to mental healthcare has had a ripple effect across South Africa.

When a big brother makes all the difference

Dr Nyaweleni Tshifularo's 2019 Discovery Foundation Distinguished Visitor Award allows him to help improve the knowledge and skills of all clinicians in both general surgery and paediatrics at the Polokwane Mankweng Hospital Complex.

Overcoming huge odds to help others fight TB

While believing that education is one of the key strategies in addressing poverty, disease and crime in South Africa, specialist physician and pulmonologist Dr Donald Simon says experience has taught him that knowledge is not necessarily power.

Taking small strategic steps to move a mountain

Dr Tumiso Malatji has received a Discovery Foundation Rural Institutional Award to fund a project that will evaluate and improve the management of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes at primary healthcare level at selected clinics in Limpopo.

Boosting Limpopo's child cancer survival rate

It was during her paediatric department rotation at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in 2003 that South Africa's first black female paediatric oncologist, Dr Vhutshilo Netshituni, fell in love with children.

Helping sexual assault survivors in her community

Dr Yandiswa Mnyanda, armed with her Discovery Foundation Rural Individual Fellowship Award, is determined to make a difference in her community by finding out why survivors of sexual violence in the Eastern Cape report so late for care.

Making a difference for Mthatha's children

With his Discovery Foundation Rural Individual Fellowship Award, Dr Andrew Oyemwimina investigated the prevalence of HIV infection among paediatric patients who were admitted to hospital in 2016 - the first study of its kind in the Eastern Cape.

Measuring the rural health impact of a game-changing mobile app

Dr Natasha Blanckenberg is using her Discovery Foundation Rural Individual Fellowship Award to study the impact of the Vula app, which enables faster, more efficient specialist advice and referrals for patients in remote rural healthcare facilities.

Fighting prostate cancer with nuclear medicine

How can nuclear medicine change the way doctors detect and treat prostate cancer? This is the question at the heart of nuclear physician Dr Thabo Lengana's PhD research that earned him a Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award.

Training to help KwaZulu-Natal children fight cancer

Dr Kershinee Reddy has received a Discovery Foundation Sub-Specialist Award to study Paediatric Oncology at Stellenbosch University. She's determined to return to KwaZulu-Natal after her training to help children fight cancer.

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