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Medical doctors recognised for their hard work

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Posted on 9 October 2012 at 11:32

Source: The New Age
Original article: www.thenewage.co.za/64906-1007-53-Medical_doctors_recognised_for_their_hard_work
MPC CPD certificate article: SAMA and Bonitas House Call Doctors Awards 2012

Ina Skosana

The Bonitas Housecall & Sama Doctor's conference, exhibition & awards ended on a high note as doctors and specialists were recognised for their hard work on Friday night.

The gala event, held at the Sandton Convention Centre, was the culmination of two days of intense and frank discussions on issues affecting doctors in both the private and public sectors.

Categories included achievements in human rights, medicine and loyalty to the South African Medical Association (Sama).

Each category was divided into subcategories. The winner of the Medal of Honour (posthumously) for his role in promoting human rights and health was Dr Fabian Defu Ribeiro.

Ribeiro and his wife, Florence, were shot and killed in their driveway in 1986. Ribeiro used his various medical practices to document and record evidence of police brutality.

In 2004 Ribeiro was posthumously awarded the Order of the Supreme Counsellor of the Baobab (gold) by former President Thabo Mbeki.

Prof Ames Dhai was awarded the Gender Acclaim Award for her contribution not only in the medical field, but also for the contribution she made towards alleviating human rights abuses.

Dhai is currently the head of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics and serves on a number of boards such as the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Prof Dan Stein was awarded the Art & Science of Medicine Award.

Stein is the chair of the department of psychiatry and mental health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), director of the Medical Research Council's Unit on Anxiety Disorders and visiting professor of psychiatry at Mt Sinai Medical School in New York.

Prof Lynette Denny was the recipient of the Extraordinary Service to Medicine Award.

Denny is principal specialist at Groote Schuur and professor at UCT. Danny has been lauded for her work in preventing cervical cancer especially among rural women. The two big winners of the night were Prof Helen Rees and Dr Fazel Randera.

Rees received the Life time Achievement Award. She is the founder and executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute.

Rees has been at the forefront of the trials of the vaginal anti-HIV gel and serves on the board of the South African National Aids Council. Randera was rewarded the Sama Award of the Year for "distinguished service to Sama of an extraordinary nature".


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