A dedication and memorial ceremony was held by the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy for 20 deceased people who donated their bodies for medical training and research purposes at UKZN.
Religious leaders, UKZN’s Anatomy staff and families of the donors gathered at the Nelson R. Mandela Medical School to honour and respect the 20 “heroes” whose bodies will be used in training and research by Clinical Anatomy professionals and Clinical Medicine students.
‘Donated bodies are exceedingly valued as they are an important resource in health care training,’ said Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy, Dr Onyemaechi Azu. ‘Body donations enable the School to demonstrate practical anatomical examination. Human life gets improved everyday through such training and research.’
The main objective of the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy is to train Medical and allied health science students in the field. The Department offers undergraduate courses in Anatomy to Medical and allied health professional students and courses are also offered at postgraduate level for Medical Science students.
‘We are exceedingly grateful to donors, donor families and all staff within the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy who tirelessly ensure that the common objective of teaching and learning in laboratories progress smoothly whilst ensuring that all processes and guidelines are adhered to,’ said the Head of UKZN’s Department of Forensic Pathology, Dr Sageren Aiyer.
Speaking at the ceremony, Pastor Ricardo Arjuanan of the Calvery Worship Assembly, said: ‘There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your treasures for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known for the sake of something greater. Those who donated their bodies are heroes who have contributed immensely to the betterment of education and the lives of others generally.’
* UKZN’s Discipline of Clinical Anatomy, in conjunction with the International Society for Plastination (ISP), is hosting the first ever conference on plastination in Africa to look at new ways and processes to preserve bodies for educational and instructional purposes. The workshop titled: The 12th International Conference on Plastination and Anatomy Education: Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa will be held in Durban from 2-7 July.
People keen to donate their bodies to the University should phone Mr Salem Kharwa on 031-260 4585 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org