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The discovery foundation | Committed to you

We are committed to making a difference

By assisting and supporting our doctors, researchers and students, we are building a healthier future for every South African.

The discovery foundation | Committed to you

WE RECOGNISE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE EVERY DAY

You have to overcome impossible obstacles. Whether it's a scholarship or research, we are here to help you succeed.

The discovery foundation | Committed to you

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The only thing more draining than a relentless 30-hour shift is the thought of driving yourself home. We're supporting doctors with a transport solution to take one more thing off their list of concerns.

ABOUT THE DISCOVERY FOUNDATION

our commitment

Set up in 2006 as one element of Discovery Limited’s Black Economic Empowerment transaction, the Discovery Foundation, an independent trust, aimed to invest R150 million in grants that were geared towards the education and training of 300 healthcare specialists over a period of 10 years. READ MORE

Set up in 2006 as one element of Discovery Limited’s Black Economic Empowerment transaction, the Discovery Foundation, an independent trust, aimed to invest R150 million in grants that were geared towards the education and training of 300 healthcare specialists over a period of 10 years. South Africa is experiencing a critical shortage of healthcare resources. The grants disbursed through the Discovery Foundation Awards aim to address this challenge through training specialists for rural areas, developing academic medicine and research centres and increasing the number of Subspecialists in the country to adequately meet the country’s healthcare needs.

Over the past 10 years, the Discovery Foundation surpassed expectations and invested over R189 million in grants to support academic medicine through research, development and the training of medical specialists in South Africa. Its aim is to invest R300 million towards specialised healthcare services over 20 years. These grants include scholarships, bursaries, research fellowships and support for teaching and research institutions. The Discovery Foundation Awards honour and reward excellence in our country’s healthcare sector.

South Africa has a great medical legacy of research, invention, and technological innovation – we were the first country to show the world how to do heart transplants and we invented the CATscan, which is used worldwide. South Africa is home to talented medical experts, outstanding academic institutions and excellent private healthcare services. Even so, the majority of South Africans are unable to afford anything more than the most basic healthcare services, and the facilities they depend on are often overburdened, understaffed and underfunded. The Discovery Foundation is committed to making a contribution to the future health and wellbeing of all South Africans to ensure affordable, quality healthcare is accessible to all.

Through the considered interventions of the Discovery Foundation in the healthcare industry, we believe we can bring quality healthcare infrastructure and services within reach of many communities who have previously not had access, while keeping the high standards of our country’s private healthcare system and safeguarding our legacy. READ LESS

TO COMMUNITIES AND DOCTORS

Supporting doctors and facilities in rural communities means better healthcare, a constant supply of aspiring students and better.

SUPPORT

TO research

An investment in research is an investment in the future, as we strive to finance research that leads to much-needed treatment and preventative medicines.

RESEARCH

TO RECOGNITION

The healthcare profession is often lonely and thankless. We are committed to ensuring that those in every element of the field receive the acknowledgment their efforts deserve.

GRANTS + FUNDING

We need to drive significant change

“At 2:00 AM in the morning, 0.2 and 0.02 look the same”

- Dr. Thandeka Ngcana

The Discovery Foundation recognise the problems healthcare professionals face and we are committed drive change through innovative initiatives.

INITIATIVES

Discovery Foundation’s Investment

OUR INVESTMENT

Over the past 10 years, the Discovery Foundation has invested over R189 million in grants to support academic medicine through research, development and the training of medical specialists in South Africa.

Its aim is to invest R300 million towards specialised healthcare services over 20 years. These grants include scholarships, bursaries, research fellowships and support for teaching and research institutions. The Discovery Foundation Awards honour and reward excellence in our country’s healthcare sector.

DISCOVERY FOUNDATION

GRANTS + FUNDING

The Discovery Foundation

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL AWARD

Given the importance of cultivating teaching excellence and clinical research in South Africa the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Award is aimed at boosting South Africa, as a leading hub internationally for clinical research and science.

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ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

The recipients will receive funding for postgraduate research or for use as a salary. The recipients will have the opportunity to take on a period of full-time study and research towards Masters or Doctoral degrees.

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SUB-SPECIALIST AWARDS

This award aims to improve medical skills by boosting Sub-specialist training and Academic Medicine in South Africa. The awards also aim to contribute towards the research output of departments that receive funding.

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RURAL FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

Discovery Foundation Awards for healthcare in rural and underserved areas aims to attract and retain medical doctors in rural areas by facilitating access to resources and opportunities to develop professionally.

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EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award aims to boost healthcare resources by recognising an organisation that shows excellence in education, service delivery, training and innovation over the long term.

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PAST RECIPIENTS

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Phindile Gina

Dr Phindile Gina improves the sensitivity of bedside tests to reduce TB mortality

"Failure to identify and diagnose TB in HIV-positive patients is a key problem responsible for the high death rates here. Creating innovative – and rapid – diagnostic tools in this field is a global public health emergency", says Dr Gina.

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Ahmad Haeri Mazanderani

Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award winner 2015

“Essentially, this research will inform diagnostic practices and could even assist in reducing HIV -associated childhood morality rates.”

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Busiswe Cawe

Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship Individual 2015 award winner

“The gaps identified during the research – including the patterns of missed opportunities, avoidable factors and problems with quality of care – will inform the types of interventions to improve the outcomes and experiences of woman.”

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Fikile Mabena

Sub -Specialist Award 2015 Award Winner University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sub – Speciality – Paediatric Infectious Diseases

“I am grateful for the opportunity to study in this regard and able to contribute to high quality patient care in the management of infectious diseases in children.”

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Thulja Trikamjee

Sub-Specialist Award 2015 Award Winner, Stellenbosch University, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sub – Speciality – Paediatric allergology

“Allergic diseases are common and cause a massive burden of disease at primary level. It is the most common non-communicable disease in children.”

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PAST WINNERS

Dr Shrish Budree

MGH Fellowship award winner 2015, University of Cape Town, Department of Paediatrics and child health – Paediatric Gastroenterology

“My goal is to improve child and maternal health in South Africa. Bu furthering my career in Academic Medicine, I’ll help to develop and train future doctors in the field of Paediatric Gastroenterology to the benefit of South Africa and the continent.”

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AWARDS BOOK

Download your own copy of the previous awards booklet by selecting the year below.

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