Team work. Collaboration. Learning and adapting. Building resilience. And showing vulnerability. These are some of the key lessons emerging from public health experts working at the cutting edge of the pandemic in the Division of Public Health Medicine, led by Professor Leslie London.
“COVID-19 has forced us to delve deep into our inner resources to appreciate our common humanity and use our skills and creativity to act with unreserved solidarity and compassion in facing the challenges in our workplaces and broader community,” says Prof Mohamed Jeebhay, Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine.
Dr Nisha Jacob, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Public Health Medicine, together with Professor Francois Cilliers from the Department of Health Sciences Education, with the support of various staff members put together a 2-week short course called Navigating COVID-19.
As South Africans prepare for lockdown level 3 as of 01 June 2020, academics at UCTs School of Public Health and Family Medicine, in collaboration with UKZN, have developed a useful screening tool that assesses whether workers are healthy enough to return to work.