The first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Africa was launched at Wits University on Monday, 31 March 2008. The inauguration of the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (CESSM) at Wits University was officially inaugurated in attendance of South African Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang; Danny Jordaan, CEO 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa; Prof. Jiri Dvorak, MD, FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC); Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Chancellor of Wits University; Prof. Loyiso Nongxa, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Wits University; Prof. Rob Moore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Advancement and Partnerships at Wits University; Prof. Helen Laburn, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits; Prof. Alan Rothberg, Head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at Wits; and Dr Demitri Constantinou, Director of the Wits CESSM.
“The body of knowledge in football medicine accumulated by FIFA needs to be practically implemented so that African players can fully benefit from state-of-the-art prevention, treatment and rehabilitation,” says Dvorak. “We are particularly pleased that the CESSM ensures this in the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They create a legacy far beyond this event by educating the next generation of African clinical specialists committed to football medicine.”
He added that the FIFA-accredited Wits CESSM would play a key role promoting football as a health and leisure activity in South Africa and beyond. “There are over 268-million active football players in the world; more than 38-million people watched the 2006 World Cup in Germany; about 37,000 official matches are played in France and 72,000 in Germany annually. The popularity of this sport provides us with a platform to promote football for health throughout the world,” he says.
In a letter addressed Constantinou, FIFA President Joseph Blatter says: “We are very pleased to recommend your institution to the football community as an elite centre with a history of commitment to football and the respective expertise when specialised services are required. FIFA would like to thank you for your contribution and dedication to the prevention and protection of the health of football players and we look forward to our future collaboration.”
“It is a great honour to have been recognised as a contributor to football medicine locally, on the continent of Africa and internationally,” says Constantinou. “I view it also as a catalyst for the Centre in the future – in all spheres of football medicine, research and educating health professionals to further develop themselves and to give back to football. The “beautiful game” is a wonderful forum for the uplifting of society both physically and psychologically, and for the promoting of health. We are uniquely placed to have the integration of sport science with medicine, which broadens and strengthens our activities. We look forward to contributing to the visions of FIFA, FMARC, the Centre and Wits University.”
Moore thanked Wits’ partners, particularly FIFA for the tremendous accolade and said that the FIFA-accredited CESSM looked forward to collaborating with the four other FIFA Centres around the world. The other five Centres are based at the Schulthess Clinic (Zurich), the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group (Santa Monica, USA), the St Marianna University School of Medicine (Kawasaki, Japan), the adidas Sports Medicine Centre (Auckland, New Zealand) and the Orthocentre of the Technical University (Munich).
Only 10 kms from
this Guest House.
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Bara is a training
centre for all categories of staff. We train approximately 60% of the
medical students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of
the Witwatersrand, including the provision of postgraduate and undergraduate
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Mulbarton Hospital. Only 10 kms from this Guest House
Garden City Clinic. Only 8 kms from this Guest House.
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
Johannesburg Hospital. Only 12 kms from this Guest House.
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital is an accredited central hospital with 1088 beds serving patients from across the Gauteng province and neighboring provinces. It offers inpatient and specialist outpatient’s services mainly level 3 and level 2.
The hospital’s professional and support staff exceeds 4000 people. Support services are delivered through a mix of in-house, outsourced and other government agencies, e.g. maintenance through Public Works.
The hospital offers a full range of tertiary, secondary and highly specialized services. The costs of providing these services to the population of Gauteng Province and in addition to the neighbouring provinces are funded by a National Tertiary Services Grant as well as Provincial allocation. The hospital is located in Parktown and serves in theory as well as a referral hospital for a number of hospitals in its referral chain. The services are highly expensive, with unique specialist skills and are high tech which accounts for the cost per patient compared to primary health care centres.
The only public hospital in Gauteng to be acknowledged as the Best Public Hospital for four (4) consecutive years from 2003 to 2007 by the readers of a major publication, The Star.
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has a private wing Folateng a Sotho name meaning “Place of healing”. Each ward gives the patient the quality and convenience of private health care with specialist physicians and cutting edge technology that only a long-established hospital has the capacity to offer.
The hospital is also the main teaching hospital for The University of the Witwatersrand, faculty of Health Sciences. The institution provides the service base for undergraduate and post-graduate training in all area of health professions. The joint staff produces world-class research and collaborates with several universities in the continent and abroad.
The Johannesburg Hospital School is situated inside the hospital where learners well enough to leave the wards go to classes. This reduces feelings of depression and normalizes their stay in the hospital.
SOUTH RAND HOSPITAL Only 6 kms from this Guest House.
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