Head of Division:Professor Heather Zar
Paediatrics and Child Health is one of the largest departments in the School of Child and Adolescent Health. It accommodates the field of general paediatrics as well as a full spectrum of paediatric medical subspecialties. The Divisions of Critical Care and Children's Heart Disease, Neurosciences and Neonatology fall within the overall Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. The Department has extensive clinical responsibilities at the Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, Somerset Hospital, and Victoria Hospital. As well as providing clinical services these venues provide the major teaching sites for undergraduate and postgraduate training in Paediatrics and Child Health. The research activities of the department are broad. The department has an impressive research output especially in the areas of priority child health problems such as tuberculosis, infectious diseases and HIV. The department has one of the highest research outputs in the Faculty of Health Sciences, as measured by accredited publications, has 3 NRF rated researchers and generates substantial income from research awards. A busy clinical research facility is located at Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital. All paediatric registrars are now required to register for a MMed degree, to promote the development of research capacity amongst emerging researchers and to train clinical scientists.