International recognition for South African burns specialist
By Lelethu Mquqo
12 June 2011
A doctor from Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital Burns Unit will in September receive international recognition for her contribution to burns research.
Dr Elbie van der Merwe has won the biannual G Whitaker International Burns Prize.
She will receive the almost 200-thousand-Rands prize at the foundation's headquarters in Palermo, Italy.
Van der Merwe says while South Africa has some of the worst burn cases in the world, there is a lot that the country can do to prevent and treat the scourge.