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21 Feb 2023, 08:00 – 17:00 SAST
Cape Town, South Africa

You have been invited to take part    in-person in our Newborn Screening in South Africa Workshop. Spaces are limited, so please could you RSVP by filling out the registration form asap. 


The event will take place at:

The Cullinan  

1 Cullinan St  

Cape Town City Centre  

Cape Town

The workshop consists of educational presentations and is CPD accredited (8 clinical points)  


The cost of the workshop is as follows: 

Speakers Free

Students R200 

HCP/Academic/Researcher R300 

Corporate R400 

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key topics include

  • A mother’s perspective of NBS

  • Overview of the rare disease landscape in South Africa

  • An overview of NBS & its status in South Africa

  • NBS for congenital hypothyroidism in South Africa

  • NBS for Cystic fibrosis in South Africa

  • SA Human Genetic Guidelines and NBS

  • NHLS capabilities & capacity for biochemical NBS (Technology & infrastructure)

  • Costs & benefits of NBS for congenital hypothyroidism in South Africa

  • Lessons learned from the Philippine NBS experience – applicability for South Africa

  • Lessons learned from the Nigerian NBS experience – applicability for South Africa

  • NBS & the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)

  • NBS & the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC)

  • Rare Diseases International (RDI) & NBS

  • NBS & World Health Organization


Kelly du Plessis

CEO and Founder

Rare Diseases South Africa 

Roxy Burger

Board Member

Rare Diseases South Africa 

Dr Helen Malherbe

Director: Research & Epidemiology

Rare Diseases South Africa 

Prof Chris Vorster

Head: Centre for Human Metabolomics

North-West University

Dr George van der Watt

Chemical Pathologist

University of Cape Town

Dr Michelle Carrihill

Paediatric Endocrinologist

University of Cape Town

Dr Marco Zampoli

Pulmonologist/Chair SA

Pulmonologist & Chair of the SA Cystic Fibrosis Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr Manala Makua 

Chief Director: Women, Maternal

and Reproductive Health

NDOH (also oversees Sexual & Reproductive  Health & Rights Training)

Prof Carmencita Padilla 

Professor of Pediatrics at the

College of Medicine

University of the Philippines, Manila

(Global NBS advocate)

Dr Mary Wang 

Science Policy Manager

Rare Diseases International 

Dr Dianne Webster, ISNS/IFCC 


Newborn Screening New Zealand

Vice-President and

Asia-Pacific Representative

Council of the International Society

for Neonatal Screening (ISNS)

Prof Obiageli Nnodu 

Professor of Haematology & Blood Transfusion  

Director, CoE for Sickle Cell Disease Research and Training

University of Abuja

Dr Kamy Chetty

Chief Operating Officer

National Health Laboratory Service

Prof Jim Bonham

International Society of Neonatal Screening (ISNS) and National Newborn Screening Laboratory Lead (UK)

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We’d love to see you at our workshop.
Please complete the form and purchase your ticket below: 
I will be attending the workshop in person
I would prefer to attend the workshop virtually
We have reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate at the Southern Sun Waterfront 
Do you require accommodation?
Do you have specific dietary requirements?
Do you have a disability and require specific access?

RDSA has limited travel funding available for the event. You can apply by sending a motivation. 


Please direct any queries and travel funding motivations to: 

Marianne Gomes 

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thank you to
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