​​Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

News 2014 / 2015


PhD Lectures

On Wednesday 3 June the first PhD event of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health was held at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where graduates, Drs Pierre Goussard and Ronald van Toorn presented their PhD's

Archbishop Tutu addresses TB Crisis

On Monday 23 March a private gala screening of the film Breathe Umphefumlo was held in the cinema theatre in the Neelsie Student Centre of Stellenbosch University (SU). Read more...​

Giving back to the hospital that saved his life​

Tygerberg Children's Hospital was the scene of a heartwarming reunion when a Cape Town entrepreneur returned to meet the person who had treated him for childhood cancer nearly 20 years ago, and give back to the ward which had helped save his life.​ Read more...

PhD Graduation

On the photo (from left to right) is Prof Robert Gie, Head of Clinical Units: Paediatric Intensive Care and Paediatric Pulmonology; Dr Pierre Goussard, senior specialist in Paediatric Pulmonology; Prof Mariana Kruger, Executive Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health; Dr Ronald van Toorn, Head of Paediatric Neurology and Prof Johan Schoeman, Emeritus Head of Paediatric Neurology.

Dr Goussrd's dissertation title is "Bronchoscopic assessment and management of children presenting with clinically significant airway obstruction due to tuberculosis", as supervised by Prof Robert Gie.

Dr Van Toorn's disseration title is "Childhood tuberculous meningitis: Challenging current management strategies" as supervised by Proff Schoeman and Simon Schaaf.


On the photo (from left to right) is Prof Robert Gie, Ms Penny Enarson and Prof Mariana Kruger. The title of Ms Enarson's dissertation is "Improving the quality of care for inpatient management of childhood pneumonia at the first level referral hospital: a country wide programme", as supervised by Proff Robert Gie, Stephen Graham and Dr Neil Cameron. Ms Enarson received her PhD degree in the Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences.


​Prof Budgie van der Merwe

22/03/1946 - 08/02/2015

With the passing of Professor Pieter (Budgie) van der Merwe on 8 February 2015 the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health lost a beloved previous Head of Department and lecturer. Read more...




Sharpening Research Ethics in Africa​

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thrown his weight behind the first ever book on research ethics in Africa, which aims to help protect people who take part in research studies in African countries. Read more...​


New book on prevention, control of infections to benefit healthcare workers.

Historically, healthcare workers in rural and under-sourced areas have had limited access to training in Infection Prevention Control (IPC). Rea​d more...