Discovery Foundation

Strengthening the South African healthcare system

As the Discovery Foundation journeys closer to its original intended period of 10 years from 2006 to 2016, it was agreed by all key stakeholders, including the trustees, that it would be important to conduct an independent evaluation of the Discovery Foundation after the 10-year period by 2016. Over the ten-year period, the awards programme is expected to support training of around 300 new medical specialists, with a focus on training specialists for rural areas, developing academic medicine, supporting research centres and increasing the number of sub-specialists

The Foundation is currently putting together a tender process to identify and commission an organization to conduct a full-term extensive evaluation. The intention of this evaluation is to assess the impact the Foundation has had on improving the human resources for health (HRH) in South Africa.

In 2009, Health and Development Africa (HDA) was commissioned to conduct the mid-term evaluation and the overall findings were positive with 91% of beneficiaries very satisfied. Also, there was a prevailing view that the strategy was correct and that the Foundation is filling a niche gap in human resources for the public health sector.

Discovery Foundation Application Book

Discovery Foundation Awards 2015

For the eighth time, the Discovery Foundation Awards granted funding to 30 recipients in the healthcare sector on Thursday, 21 August, in its continuing aim of strengthening academic medical research in South Africa. The Discovery Foundation has disbursed R123 million since its inception in 2006 to 245 medical practitioners and institutions.

The grants allow practitioners to further their research in areas providing solutions for the complex disease burdens faced in South Africa – pioneers who continue excellent work despite the challenges in the healthcare sector.

2015 Recipients and Screening Panel

The screening committee to review the 2013/4 applications comprised the following members representing all the medical schools in South Africa:

  1. Professor M. Adhikari: Academic head, Paediatrics and Child Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  2. Professor W. Chita: Albertina Sisulu Centre for Global Health and Research, Faculty of Health Sciences,
  3. Professor D. Khan: Head of department, Surgery, University of Cape Town.
  4. Professor G. Lindeque: Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Pretoria.
  5. Professor V. Louw: Head of Department of Internal Medicine, University of the Free State.
  6. Professor S. Seedat: Executive head, Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University.
  7. Professor A. Rothberg: Associate professor, School of Therapeutic Sciences, University of Witwatersrand.
  8. Professor G. Ogunbanjo (non-voting facilitator): Head of department and chief specialist, Family
  9. Medicine and Primary Health Care, University of Limpopo (Medunsa).

Award

Name of Fellow

Institution

Unit

Dr Kwazi Ndlovu

Academic Fellowship

U/KZN

Nephrology

Dr Richard Spence

Academic Fellowship

U/CT

Surgical improvement

Dr Ahmad Farid Haeri Mazanderani

Academic Fellowship

U/PTA

Department of Medical Virology

Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi

Academic Fellowship

U/PTA

Medical Virology department

Dr  Zita Kerbelker

Academic Fellowship

U/CT

Department of Medicine

Dr Rendani Mafuyeka

Academic Fellowship

U/PTA

Medical Virology department

Dr Deborah Maughan

Academic Fellowship

U/CT

Hepatology Division

Dr Thulja Trikamjee

Sub-Specialist

U/CT

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sub-specialty – Paediatric Allergology

Dr Shinu Abraham

Sub-Specialist

U/STEL

Division of Pulmonology,

Sub-specialty – Pulmonology

Dr Mari Retief

Sub-Specialist

U/STEL

Department of Psychiatry:

Sub-specialty – Neuropsychiatry

Dr Boitumelo Mashitisho

Sub-Specialist

U/KZN

Department of Medicine, Sub-specialty – Nephrology

Dr Fikile Mabena

Sub-Specialist

U/WITS

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sub-specialty – Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr Jana Rossouw

Sub-Specialist

U/STEL

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sub-specialty – Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr Amith Keshave

Sub-Specialist

U/KZN

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health , Sub-speciality Paediatric Neurology

Dr Lionel Smith

Rural Institution

WSU

Rural Doctor Anaesthetic Outreach Training Programme

Dr John Tumbo

Rural Institution

SMU

Bojanala Regional Training Centre

 

Dr Ntodeni Ndwamato

Rural Institution

U/LIMPOPO

Provincial Clinical Specialist Unit

 

Dr Parimalaranie Yogeswaran

Rural Institution

WSU

Clinical Research Development Centre

 

Mrs Zenia Jeggo

Rural Institution

Manguzi Hospital

Rehabilitation Speech Therapy programme

 

Prof Dreyer, Prof Snyman and Dr Mouton

Rural Distinguished Visitor

Dora Nginza Hospital

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Malan,

Dr Dubula, Dr Potts, Prof Kallan and Prof Tickly

Rural Distinguished Visitor

Livingstone Hospital

Department of Rheumatology

Prof Grobler

Rural Distinguished Visitor

Midland Hospital /Somerset Hospital

Department of Psychiatry

Prof Yosuf Veriava

Rural Distinguished Visitor

Ngaka Modiri Molema District

North West Department of Rural Health

Dr Milligan

Rural Distinguished Visitor

Tintswalo Hospital

Mental Health Unit

Dr Adekunle Ajayi

Rural Individual

Schweizer-Reneke District Hospital

 

Family Medicine

Dr Bob Makanda Itaka

Rural Individual

Taung District Hospital

 

Family Medicine

Dr BusisIwe Cawe

Rural Individual

Walter Sisulu’s Department

Family Medicine

Dr Hans Hendriks

Rural Individual

Ceres Hospital

Family physician

Dr Klaus von Pressentin

Rural Individual

Stellenbosch University

Family Physician

Dr Mark Jacoby

Rural Individual

Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital

Ophthalmology

Dr Mergan Naidoo

Rural Individual

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Clinical Unit

Dr Mfundiso Mabenge

Rural Individual

Dora Nginza Hospital

Gynaecologic Oncology Unit

Dr Olaolu Ogunwale

Rural Individual

Ngwelezane Hospital

Family Medicaine

Dr Olofunso Sogbanmu

Rural Individual

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

Family Physician

Dr Olumuyiwa Olowe

Rural Individual

U/KZN

Department of Family Medicine

Dr Ramprakash Kaswa

Rural Individual

WSU

Family Medicine practitioner

Clinical Research Development Centre

Excellence Award

WSU

Faculty of Health Sciences –

Department of Family Medicine

 

Support for the Previously Disadvantaged Institutions (PDIs)

This is a key priority for the Foundation and Discovery CSI is still actively supporting the PDIs with the submission of quality applications. Over the past five years, there has been a regrettable low response of applications received for the various categories of the Discovery Foundation Awards from the three Previously Disadvantaged Institutions despite regular awareness and information sessions by the Discovery CSI team. The health science institutions classified as PDIs are Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Limpopo (UL). We do, however, also assist the University of Kwazulu Natal due to their concentration of black students largely from rural areas.

When HDA (Health Development Africa) conducted the mid-term evaluation of the Discovery Foundation awards programme to look at its impact, the overall findings were positive with the Rural Awards well perceived and filling a niche gap and having major impact on rural institutions.

Lack of proposal writing capacity was identified as a potential barrier to the application process especially from the PDIs. In 2012 there was a 17% decrease in the number of previously disadvantaged applicants for both the Academic Fellowship and Sub-Specialist awards. The numbers improved in 2013 after Discovery CSI facilitated workshops at the three institutions.

 

 

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