A study to improve the control of asthma in African children was launched at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. The Achieving Control of Asthma in Children in Africa (ACACIA) study, initiated by the Queen Mary University of London, is a R36 million initiative funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the United Kingdom which will involve 3 000 children aged between 12 and 16 years who have symptoms of asthma.
Professor Rajendra Bhimma has an outreach Paediatric Renal Clinic at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Once every three months, Bhimma visits the clinic to help doctors treat children with difficult and complicated kidney diseases. The visits help reduce the referral rate to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) where only six beds are allocated for children with complex and severe kidney disease. The programme helps both doctors and patients because it brings these services closer to home.