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Academics, civic society representatives and seasoned medical practitioners are among the nine people recently inaugurated as Nelson Mandela University Medical School’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) at the institution’s Missionvale Campus. 
A study entitled “The burden of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” published in eClinicalMedicine (part of Lancet Discovery Science) has shown that 12.9% of patients admitted to hospital in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) contract deadly hospital-acquired infections.
Sixty percent of Medical students in South Africa are from under-resourced families and it is very expensive to train doctors, says Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Zukiswa Zingela.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Dr Zithulele Tshabalala, 35, senior lecturer in human anatomy at the Medical School, has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.


Nelson Mandela University received a 22-seater bus as a donation from Bestmed Medical Scheme on Friday, 10 March 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Medical School senior lecturer Dr Savania Nagiah, was recently inaugurated as one of 10 of the country’s leading emerging scientists to become members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

Crazysocks4docs is an annual national campaign, to raise awareness of the mental health of doctors. Our medical school supported this initiative!

Last year was a momentous one for Nelson Mandela University due to the long-awaited opening of the medical school on our Missionvale campus.

Nelson Mandela University’s investment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is preparing its medical students to work in an increasingly digital world.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences has a collaborative and interdisciplinary vision for the Medical School, the 12th and latest department in this flourishing faculty at Nelson Mandela University.

A primary health care orientation lies at the heart of Nelson Mandela University’s new MBChB programme to train caring, competent, socially responsive and committed medical doctors.

The learning and teaching approach of the Medical School and Health Science Faculty has adapted with agility to address the challenges of the COVID-19 world.

When Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa welcomed 50 medical students at a small, internal Oath Taking ceremony in May 2021, it was the culmination of a dream dating back to 1946.

Students from around South Africa flooded Nelson Mandela University with applications for the first year MBChB class of 50 students.

The University's new Medical School gives students the opportunity to interact with the community from the start and looking back on 2021 this has been an enriching experience all round.

Nelson Mandela University had a very clear goal in mind when it decided to place its new Medical School in the heart of Missionvale, a desperately under-resourced part of Gqeberha.

Former Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz gives his insights on bringing the dream of the new Medical School to fruition. Prof Swartz was among the guests at the launch on November 30, 2021.

Nelson Mandela University will mark the realisation of its long-held dream to establish a medical school with an official launch on Tuesday, 30 November.

We want to send our medical graduates out into the world knowing how to practise primary healthcare in holistic, culturally sensitive and comprehensive ways. Impoverished areas – urban and rural – are massively underserved, and this was a major factor for Nelson Mandela University to place our new medical school in Missionvale.

Nelson Mandela University’s innovative new medical school is a dream come true, not only for the university but also for the province.

The first year class of Nelson Mandela University’s new medical school is encouraging the matrics of 2021 to apply for next year’s MBChB course.

The first cohort of 50 medical students at Nelson Mandela University’s Medical School on Missionvale Campus are hard at work with their studies.

SA’s 10th medical school opens its doors this year at Nelson Mandela University after the idea of building a medical school in Port Elizabeth was first mooted in the 1940s.

News of the Nelson Mandela University’s new medical programme has been overwhelmingly positively received, with more than 3 600 applications successfully submitted online since applications opened on 06 January 2021.