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Meet – Dr Lusanda Jonas, South African born Specialist General Surgeon and Head of Breast Care Unit –Breastic based at Netcare Pholoso Hospital Polokwane, which offers holistic services, from family education in breast care and diseases, to treatment and patient care.


She is trained in treating and diagnosing all benign and malignant breast diseases, as well as different breast operations; this includes breast conservation surgery.

Dr Lusanda Jonas is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, she holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Medicine (MMed) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

She also heads the Breast and Endocrine Unit at Pietersburg Hospital, Polokwane.

She has previously served at Chris Hani Baragwanath, Charlotte Maxeke and Helen Joseph Hospitals.

Dr Lusanda Jonas knows first-hand the pain and difficulty of walking a family member through breast cancer, and eventually losing that battle. She is sensitive to the needs of not only the patient, but the entire family unit.

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“It was an exhilarating moment when I received my med school offer because I never thought I would get in. I never liked science when I was younger. I suddenly developed an interest in healthcare at 16 and decided to study nursing. My interest in medicine started from watching the doctors on my nursing placements. Since then, my interest has continued to grow. I applied to medical school right after my nursing degree, and I am glad that I had followed my dream.
Medical school for me has been a road laden with roses and thorns. It’s not a piece of cake and requires sheer hard work and dedication. Still, I am continuously learning how to be a successful medical student whilst maintaining an excellent work-life balance. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and making fun and educative content on social media.
I am not a traditional medic and I did not get into medical school via the conventional route. There have been many obstacles but I am super determined to achieve my dream. My advice to all medics and aspiring medics is that; It’s never going to be easy, but our dreams are valid and achievable.”
– Azeezat Sanusi, a second year medical student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Meet – Dr Sithembile Ngidi, South Africa’s second black female Oncologist.

At age 17, she matriculated from Port Shepstone High School, with four distinctions. She was then accepted at the University of Kwazulu-Natal to pursue her medical studies.
She obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and a Master of Medicine in Oncology from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. She qualified as a Radiation Oncologist from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.
Dr Ngidi is a Clinical Oncology Specialist based at Kathrada Private Hospital, Lenasia, Johannesburg.
“I want to encourage young woman to aspire to be as great as they can be. Gender should not be an issue when you are choosing your career and when people say you can’t do something, it should make you want to prove them wrong,”
said Dr Ngidi.

Meet – Dr Melikte Paulos, Ethiopian born Medical Doctor, Vice President at Pan African Women Network, Advocate for Women Inclusion, Global Health and Education.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine from Hayat Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“My principle has always been there is a resource somewhere and a need elsewhere; and the least I can be is a bridge between these two. I aspire to incorporate my medical knowledge in different sectors and serve humanity to the best of my capabilities,” said Dr Paulos.
Dr Melikte Paulos is currently an Intern Medical Doctor at Yekatit 12 Teaching Hospital, Ethiopia.
“Philanthropy is my passion and my current internship in the different government hospitals allows me to further shape my career and dive into what I love to do.The time left from my medical practice is spent on social projects dealing mostly with global health, education or women inclusion,” concluded Dr Paulos.

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