LOCAL GUEST FACULTY
Briëtte Du Toit
LOCAL FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES
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Marina Aucamp is presently Infection Control Clinical Programme Coordinator at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town. Having started her career as a registered nurse with Mediclinic in Bloemfontein, she obtained further experience as Infection Control and Risk Manager Coordinator at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she was based for 5 years. Thereafter she spent a further two years in Riyadh as Infection Control Coordinator at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. She was formerly also appointed as Training Coordinator at the University of Stellenbosch before joining Tygerberg Hospital.
Terence Carter is the Deputy Director General: Hospitals, Tertiary Health Services, Workforce Planning and Development, Department of Health, South Africa. Dr Carter is an experienced hospital manager with a strong background in all aspects of strategic and operational management of hospitals and health districts, including extensive experience in people development and organisational transformation and design. He is currently responsible for national hospital policy formulation, hospital regulations, norms and standards, national emergency medical services policy, national human resources for health strategy and workforce development and planning. Dr Carter spent 18 years working as a General Practitioner in the Western Cape and a further 15 years in the health management sector. During this time he served amongst other appointments as Regional Director responsible for 9 hospitals, CEO of Paarl Hospital, CEO of Tygerberg Hospital and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital. He is a member of the Governing Council of the International Hospital Federation.
Angela Dramowski is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Stellenbosch University. Dr Dramowski has a passion for infection prevention. After sub-specialty training she worked at the Tygerberg Hospital Unit for Infection Prevention and Control. During her time at the UIPC , she developed an interest in medical education, authoring two books on IPC for healthcare workers in resource-limited settings. Dr Dramowski is also a founding member of the public benefit organisation “TB Proof”, which advocates for improved implementation of TB-IPC and creates awareness of occupational TB among healthcare workers. She is currently completing a doctorate on the topic of: “Determinants of healthcare-associated infection in hospitalized children.”
Briëtte du Toit is Infection Prevention and Control Manager for Mediclinic in South Africa. After completing her nursing degree at the University of Stellenbosch she started working in the public sector. During this time she completed a certificate course in Clinical Nursing Health Assessment, Treatment and Care, as well as a certificate course in Primary Care Paediatric Clinical Nursing, followed by a Diploma in Nursing Science Administration at Stellenbosch University. Briette has worked extensively with TB and HIV positie patients in Primary Health Care Clinics and especially with HIV positive pregnant women. She started working at Mediclinic in Kimberley in 2003where she was responsible for setting up Wound Care, Healthy Baby, Baby Massage, Diabetic and Ante-natal clinics. Infection control was later added to her portfolio and she was promoted to Clinical Risk Management. In addition to completing various short courses in Infection Prevention Control, TB and HIV, she has also completed the UNICEF/UN IMCI Course, (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness), Peri-Natal Education Programme Courses with the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health, a 1 year Mediclinic Infection Prevention and Control Course and completed the Advance Wound Care Course by the University of Hertfordshire, England, College of Wound Care in collaboration with Smith & Nephew.
Shaheen Mehtar, (retired), is Emeritus Professor at Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Professor Mehtar trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health. She was Head of Microbiology at the North Middlesex Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Royal Free Hospital where she worked until she accompanied her husband upon his return to South Africa. Following a post as Deputy Director, Public Health in the South Cape Karoo region, Professor Mehtar joined Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University where she established the Unit of Infection Prevention and Control in 2000. The unit has a wide reputation across Africa and has trained more than 2500 student annually ranging from a 5-day basic course to a Masters in IPC.
An internationally recognised expert in IPC, Professor Mehtar and has been involved in setting up IPC programmes in the UK, Europe, Far East, India, Asia and Latin America. She has been on the executive committees of several prestigious organisations such as the Hospital Infection Society, The British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, the International Society of Chemotherapy and International Society of Infectious Diseases. A founder member and Chair of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), Prof Mehtar also serves on several WHO committees including those for global IPC policies, surgical site infection, WASH and safety injection global network (SIGN). Through ICAN she is extensively involved in establishing and promoting IPC training programmes and structures across Africa. She supported the IPC programmes during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. A highly respected and recognised world expert in Infection Control Professor Mehtar is frequently consulted by governments such as Egypt, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Wolfgang Preiser is Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Tygerberg. Having studied medicine in his home town of Frankfurt, Germany, he trained in medical virology there and in London. Professor Preiser graduated with his second doctoral degree in 2005 while working as consultant virologist in Frankfurt. His principal research interests cover three themes: diagnosis and monitoring of HIV infection, from antibody testing to genotyping; diagnosis and monitoring of opportunistic infections, especially hepatitis B virus, in immuno compromised patients and emerging and potentially zoonotic viral diseases. The author of more than 110 Medline-listed scientific articles, he has also served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on SARS in China during 2003 and led the Frankfurt group which, together with colleagues from Hamburg, was among the first to isolate the SARS-associated coronavirus in the spring of 2003.
Andrew Whitelaw is currently the head of the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Stellenbosch University and NHLS Tygerberg Hospital, prior to which he was a consultant in the department of microbiology at NHLS Groote Schuur Hospital. He is the past president of the Infection Control Society of Southern Africa and on the executive committee of the Federation of Infectious Disease Societies of Southern Africa. He works with the SA Antibiotic Stewardship Programme, and is also a member of the Department of Health AMR Working Group, and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on AMR. His research interests include the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic resistance mechanisms as well as the development and evaluation of new diagnostic tests.
Lucille Blumberg is a Deputy Director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, of the National Health Laboratory Service and currently head of the Public Health Surveillance and Response Division. Professor Blumberg is also medical consultant to the Emerging Pathogens Centre on rabies and viral haemorrhagic fevers. She has specialist qualifications in clinical microbiology, travel medicine and infectious diseases. Her special interests are tropical diseases, travel medicine, malaria, the viral haemorrhagic fevers and rabies. She is a member of a number of South African expert groups on Ebola, Rabies, Malaria as well as the National Advisory Group on Immunisation and the advisory group to the WHO on mass gatherings.
Annatjie Peters has 27 years of experience in TB and airborne infections. She obtained her Nursing Degree from the University of Pretoria and post graduate degree from the University of South Africa, whereafter she completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of the Free State. She started her career as a lecturer at the Technical College of Kroonstad before joining the Free State Department of Health as provincial TB/HIV Manager. She was appointed as the TB/HIV lead with the CDC South Africa in 2006. Mrs Peters currently holds the position of Chief of Party, JPS Africa, overseeing the implementation of nurse initiated MDR TB in South Africa and supporting the NDOH with decentralisation of MDR TB and the establishment of a national MDR TB Center of Excellence.
Adrian Brink is head of Clinical Microbiology, Milpark Hospital and Ampath National Laboratory Services, Johannesburg. He is also co-chair of the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme and senior author of the Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship (British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and University of Dundee, Scotland). Dr Brink obtained his MB BCh from the University of Pretoria, before completing further medical training, including his MMed - Clinical Microbiology. He has served as President of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa and is an Executive Council member. A regular presenter at national and international congresses, Dr Brink has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and is an editorial board member of several journals. Research interests include antibiotic resistance in community-acquired respiratory tract infections and intensive-care-related infections, as well as the pharmacokinetics and outcome measures of antibiotics in ICU patents, including antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in primary care and hospitals.