Managing Covid-19 in a Rural District Hospital

RuDASA is pleased to partner with Tshemba and MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit to host this zoom webinar series on Managing COVID-19 in a Rural District . Each session will have COVID-19 experts from leading academic institutes engaging with our rural expert panel. 


Prof Graeme Meintjes

Graeme Meintjes is an Infectious Diseases Physician  and the Second Chair and Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He also holds the SARChI Chair of Poverty-related Infections. He was previously the joint head of a busy infectious diseases referral service at GF Jooste Hospital in Cape Town and currently undertakes consultant clinical work at Khayelitsha and Groote Schuur Hospitals. He has contributed to the development of management guidelines for HIV and TB at a provincial, national and international level. His research focus areas include HIV-associated TB, the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, cryptococcal meningitis and drug-resistant TB. Over the last 5 months he has been part of the team managing patients with Covid-19 at Groote Schuur Hospital, where over 1800 inpatients with the disease have been treated to date. 

Dr Ben Gaunt

Ben is responsible for overseeing clinical services at Zithulele Hospital. A South African, he trained at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has a Masters in International Primary Care from the University of London. He has diplomas in anaesthetics, obstetrics and HIV. He worked in Kwa-Zulu Natal and New Zealand before coming to Zithulele with his wife, Taryn, in July 2005. His interest is in being an all-round generalist and developing high quality services despite the location.


Dr Jeremy Nel: 

Jeremy graduated with an MBChB from University of the Witwatersrand in 2006, and thereafter specialized in internal medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he later also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases. He was awarded a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians with distinction in 2017 and recently completed a fellowship in transplant infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is an active member of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, and has been involved in several guidelines committees including the adult antiretroviral therapy guidelines, cryptococcal meningitis guidelines and transplant HIV guidelines. He has published research in the fields of tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria, HIV and cryptococcal meningitis. He is a member of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, and the national co-principal investigator of the World Health Organization’s Solidarity trial, which is seeking to find treatments for COVID-19. He currently works at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, and is an associated lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr Hans Hendriks

Hans joined Zithulele Hospital in 2016, tasked with spearheading the implementation of the Family Medicine registrar programme. His undergraduate and postgraduate studies were through Stellenbosch University. He worked at Ceres Hospital for 10 years before relocating to us. True to type as a Family Physician, he enjoys all spheres of medicine, especially obstetrics, surgery and emergency medicine. Outside of work he is an avid mountain biker, enjoys spearfishing and is learning to surf - he's loving not being in a city, or even a town. Deep down inside, though, he's Handyman Hans.



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