Medical (Dermatology) Scholarships in Africa
In 2016, South Africa had an estimated 150 practicing dermatologists for approximately 60 million people. The Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in Western Cape has one of the leading dermatology units in South Africa. It also has the first dedicated hair and skin lab in all of Africa. It opened its doors in May 2015. Professor Nonhlanhla P Khumalo is the first African to head the department. GSH is renowned for having been the site where the FIRST heart transplant surgery in the world was performed (Dr. Christian Barnard). The hospital is also a teaching hospital linked to University of Cape Town (UCT).
In June 2017, NYDG Foundation and the University of Cape Town (UCT) agreed to enter into a partnership to provide:
1. Scholarships for African residents studying dermatology at UCT
2. Research awards for South African residents studying dermatology at UCT
3. Grants to medical officers from underserved, poor communities
1. African Dermatology Resident Scholarship:
The resident scholarship fund is for African residents at UCT. UCT residences are 4 years. Scholarships help fund UCT registration fees and study materials. In 2018, NYDG will support students from Botswana, Chad, Namibia, and Nigeria and Libya. All recipients will have agreed to conduct community-based dermatological care upon return to their country (once graduated) and participate in an UCT dermatological research project dedicated to improving dermatological well-being. Upon their return to their country, NYDG may also partner with the doctors in the design and delivery of a community project linked to Neglected Tropical Skin Diseases and/or HIV.
2. Dermatology Research Award Fund (South African Residents):
The AWARD fund is for South African students who have demonstrated academic excellence. The awards provide the necessary funds for South African residents to travel internationally to attend dermatology conferences to strengthen their skills and knowledge on dermatology
3. Grants for Medical Officers from Underserved Communities:
Provide grants for medical officers from poor townships to receive training on basic dermatology. This type of training is the first in Africa. The curriculum was designed by a Sout African to provide rural nurses with the basic tools to help poor villagers to treat and manage their skin diseases under the watchful eye of a rural health centre. The UCT/GSH training program is 2 months.
These 3 projects aim to strengthen the local capacity of local dermatologists in Africa.