New Lecturer for School of Clinical Medicine
The School of Clinical Medical has welcomed Dr Reratilwe Mphahlele as a Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.
‘I feel excited and look forward to improving my knowledge, exchanging ideas and becoming a part of an academic family,’ said Mphahlele.
Mphahlele (30) chose UKZN because she believes it produces top class academics. ‘UKZN is also ahead of others in implementing transformation and is among those which feature highly in the university academic ranking systems. I look forward to using the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS (K-RITH) on the University's Medical school campus.’
Mphahlele, who from an early age knew she wanted to contribute significantly to the world of medicine, hopes to achieve that by doing research that will lead to change and improvement, especially in mother and child health.
‘I am passionate about mother and child health because it is an indication of a country’s wellbeing and one of the most basic and achievable parameters of health. If one can make a difference in this area it will spill over into so many other fields of health care and sectors of the economy,’ she said.
‘HIV goes hand in hand with research. It has changed the face of medicine as we know it and we need to keep up with it. South African children are either affected or infected by HIV. So it’s a big deal.’
Mphahlele’s qualifications include an MBChB, a Diploma in Child Health and a Diploma in the Management of HIV.
She says her greatest source of support has been her family while all her UKZN Lecturers and Supervisors have inspired her.