UKZN's Discipline of Family Medicine

UKZN's Discipline of Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine is a dynamic department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a

Photos from UNICEF's post 13/06/2023

Anaemia can cause extreme fatigue, poor growth and development and poor pregnancy outcomes, and increases the risk of impaired cognitive performance, infections and death in severe cases.

Anaemia is a strong indicator of overall health 👇


New WHO guideline advises against the use of non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) for achieving weight control or reducing the risk of noncommunicable diseases. NSS include:
🔵acesulfame K
🔵stevia and its derivatives


The award is presented to a rural doctor, working at the coal face, who is judged by the RuDASA Committee to have made a significant contribution towards rural health in the previous year. It is intended to be awarded to a practicing rural doctor rather than to someone who has made achievements in the academic arena. It is also awarded for a specific contribution within the previous year rather than for long service. The nature of the contribution is not defined given the great variety of work and activities of rural doctors.

The award was named after Dr Pierre Jaques, a founder member of RuDASA and a doyen of rural practice in South Africa. He spent most of his working life at Elim Hospital in rural Limpopo province and has been a tireless advocate for rural health and the role of the rural doctor in South Africa.
Any interested person may nominate a rural doctor working in South Africa . Nominations should be submitted by 1st July each year to

Timeline photos 13/06/2023

Symptoms of cholera are often mild and can begin as soon as a few hours or as long as five days after infection.

They typically include:
• large volumes of explosive watery diarrhoea, sometimes called “rice water stools” because it can look like water that has been used to wash rice
• vomiting
• leg cramps

Photos from South African Academy of Family Physicians  - SAAFP's post 11/06/2023

Here are some ways to ↘️ your cancer risk:
🚭 Don't use to***co
🏊‍♂️ Exercise regularly
🍅 Eat healthy foods
☀️ Avoid strong sunlight for prolonged periods
🥃 Drink less alcohol

Let's beat cancer!


Visit the SAHCS website resources page! The page offers a wealth of supportive and informative content, including SAHCS guidelines, the NDoH & WHO guidelines, job aides, Nursing Matters publications and more!


PHASA Conference 2023
For more information please contact Deon Salomo at [email protected].


Applications for the 2023 midyear ICSP cycle is now open and will close on May 28th.
Click here for more information:


UKZN Family Medicine Specialist Contributes to SA Family Practice Manual

Family Medicine specialist, Professor Mergan Naidoo, is an editor of the 4th edition of the South African Family Practice Manual (SAFPM) as well as contributing 10 chapters to the publication.

The SAFPM is a useful resource for medical students, interns, community service medical officers, general practitioners and, in some instances, registrars and doctors doing postgraduate diplomas.

Timeline photos 23/07/2022
View Notice 13/05/2022

View Notice We invite you to participate in a survey on the transitioning to remote/online assessment in UKZN and the perceived impact on student performance, from the perspective of Academics. As a team of researchers, we are interested in how academics in UKZN constructively re-aligned their undergraduate ass...


The pearls and pitfalls of constructing high-quality multiple-choice questions E-workshop, see more details down below.

Mastering your fellowship | von Pressentin | South African Family Practice 14/03/2021

Mastering your fellowship | von Pressentin | South African Family Practice The South African Family Practice is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians (and their teams), as well as researchers, with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of family medicine, primary health care, rural medicine, district health and ot...


Vaccine sites for the Phase 3b rollout trial


Dear Colleague

I hope you are well. The MCRC is once again fundraising to try and assist our colleagues. I have attached our letter that we are hoping to share with prospective donors and our first poster. We would like to ask for your assistance in identifying and approaching donors and sharing the initiative with staff members in SCM. Anyone that is interested in donating can do so using the following link:
The link will take you to the Campaigns page on the UKZN foundation's website. It is secure and donations can be made through it.

Any contribution will go a long way in helping us reach our target.

Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

Kind regards
Sbusiso Mkhize
MCRC Chairperson
T: (031) 260-4440
M: 060 884 2127
[email protected]
Room 77, Main Building, Medical School Campus


Funeral Service for Professor SS Naidoo. May his soul rest in peace


Strong can provide people with the quality care they need. WONCA will join the to remind the world of the strong need to invest in .

We also take this opportunity to call for major international donors to assign a part of their disease-oriented categorical budgets, increasing to 30% by 2030, to strengthening horizontal Primary Health Care systems so that all diseases can be prevented and people treated in a comprehensive way. Sign the petition:



Theme: "Universal Health Coverage-Where Africa stands”

Dates: 03-05 December 2020

Venue: Virtual / Online

Registration fee: Free!

If interested, register today :


The Africa Healthcare Students’ Summit (AHESS) is a gathering that brings together healthcare students and interested professionals from all over Africa.

The summit aims at building the capacity of African healthcare Students on matters pertaining to health; mainly Universal Health Coverage in addition to equipping them with the necessary soft skills that they will need in their future profession as Healthcare Practitioners.

For enquires contact us on [email protected]

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AHESS Organizing Committee


Testing for COVID 19

Photos from UKZN's College of Health Sciences's post 24/09/2020
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