The Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit (MIHCSU) has been an extra-mural unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SA MRC) in partnership with the University of Pretoria since 1997 under the Directorship of Prof RC Pattinson.
The Unit, however, was awarded another status during 2017. Research Centre for Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care Strategies under the University of Pretoria. We are thus the same unit, but as a Centre, we now also report to an Advisory Board.
MIHCSU has contributed both nationally by providing national audit reports and internationally by collaboration with various universities and agencies. In the last decade, 120 peer-reviewed journal articles have been published.
Message from the Director
This is just to let you know and to avoid any confusion in the future. I reach 65 years in July and have to retire from the Gauteng Department of Health. However, I will continue working at the SAMRC/UP Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies unit. I have a contract with the University of Pretoria for the next three years.
We have established a UP Research Centre for Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care to ensure the continuation of the team we have built up over the years. To ensure a smooth succession the SAMRC/UP unit falls under the UP Research Centre. The director of the UP Research Centre is Prof Ute Feucht.
Mrs Cathy Bezuidenhout is the programme manager for the SAMRC/UP unit and the UP Research Centre.
Prof Bob Pattinson