South Africa Story

Sanford World Clinic works with Stellenbosch University to enhance existing clinical research in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This furthers the work of Sanford Health physician Gene Hoyme, MD, and a cohort of collaborators who have spent years studying FASD in South Africa. This includes the extension of a clinical research program to support the University’s work through a named professor, time and training for genetic research, and clinical diagnostic work.

FASD is a staggering problem in some communities in South Africa, affecting 29 per cent of children compared with only 3.4 percent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This partnership ensures crucial research continues in the hopes of preventing this condition, assuring early and accurate diagnosis, and documenting the effectiveness of novel treatments.

Our Partner – Stellenbosch University

Recognized as a leading research-intensive university on the African continent, Stellenbosch University will in 2018 celebrate 100 years of learning, growing and moving forward. Its Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is internationally acclaimed for its cutting-edge research and its dedication to advancing health and equality in South
Africa and beyond. Located on the University’s Tygerberg Campus, the Faculty houses 4,500 students and includes 1,600 staff members offering more than 80 masters, doctoral and postgraduate diploma programs. The Faculty actively promotes an institutional culture that welcomes, develops and supports a diversity of students and staff.