Dear alumni of the Faculty of Health Sciences and friends of Wits
It?s been a busy time since our last e-newsletter to you, with significant healthcare developments in South Africa and around the globe.
South Africa has a new Cabinet with five Witsies, including Wits Medical School alumnus, Dr Molefi Sefularo as Deputy Minister of Health. The Ministry of Health soon had its hands full as doctors in the public service around the country took to the streets in June to protest the lack of progress in addressing doctors? remuneration - the occupation specific dispensation (OSD) - and conditions of service. Wits issued a public statement which empathised with the medics? plight, but cautioned against compromising patient care. The Faculty of Health Sciences established a committee of academic doctors to monitor OSD discussions.
Internationally, the global recession resulted in cuts to health budgets and funding just as the global outbreak of the H1N1 ?swine flu? virus added to the burden of the public health sector.
Despite these challenges, Wits alumni continue to deliver an exceptional service in their various fields. This issue celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of alumni from a variety of Schools, while the Prestigious Lecture series adds impetus towards positioning the University as a top international institution by 2020.
I?m pleased to report that arrangements for the Health Graduates Association reunion in August are progressing well. The reunion programme includes the OJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture and options to visit the Apartheid Museum, Origins Centre or Sterkfontein Caves, amongst many other exciting outings.
Here at the Alumni Office, we?ve revamped the alumni website: www.wits.ac.za/alumni where you can access various social networking sites for Wits alumni, read the latest Wits news, find out more about alumni benefits, and update your contact details.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback.
Director: Alumni Relations