Clinical Services and Social Impact
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​​​​Clinical Services and Social Im​pact


The FMHS's overall aim is to develop future medical and health sciences professionals who are engaged citizens and thought leaders.

Graduates are trained in the spirit of excellence, innovation, social accountability and leadership to identify focus areas for the promotion of health, prevention of disease and the provision of healthcare services. The end-goal is to enable populations to participate in positive social and economic activities in the country. The FMHS strives to ensure that academic and service-related activities are informed by the best available evidence, and that its programmes are internationally competitive, while remaining relevant to local communities, the country and the African continent.

The vision for social accountability of the faculty – also known as social responsibility, social responsiveness, and social mission – aligns with our obligation to direct all education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns as prioritised in the National Development Plan (2030). Faculty members, support staff and students are encouraged to design, implement and evaluate volunteerism, teaching and learning, research and service-related activities that address and alleviate the priority health concerns in the country first and then on the African continent and globally.



The FMHS strives to conduct research that has relevance to identified target groups. Research activities are well defined, profession-specific and/or inter-professional and/or multi-sectoral with specific and context appropriate standardized and non-standardized methods for measuring progress.  

Processes and procedures for research demonstrate co-creation of knowledge and relate to sustained systemic ​change and outcomes of our research is disseminated, while beneficiaries can access and use products of resear​ch successfully.  Our research addresses national and international health and equity priorities. Collaboration with international partners demonstrates benefits at local level as well as at international levels.

We believe our research outcomes successfully translate into services/procedures/processes/policies that reduce the national burden of disease. Research outcomes support one or more areas of the sustainable development goals. Evaluation procedures or measurement processes specify steps for interpreting the reduction in burden of disease or ill health. 

The faculty's main research focus areas are:

  • Infectious Diseases (especially Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS)
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental Health (psychiatric disorders) and Neurosciences
  • Non-communicable Diseases (specifically Cancer, Diabetes, and cardiovascular disease)
  • Violence, Injuries, Trauma and Rehabilitation
  • Genetics
  • Public Health Care 

Click hereto read more about the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' research.​