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The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at UCT is a key academic hub for child health at UCT. The department is involved in providing clinical services, research, undergraduate and postgraduate training, program and policy support and advocacy for child health.

The department comprises a number of divisions covering the full range of paediatric medicine and provides a training program in paediatric and paediatric sub-specialities for South African and African trainees.

The department is affiliated with many other divisions covering the full range of paediatric disciplines including paediatric surgery and a range of sub-specialities; paediatric radiology; paediatric pathology; paediatric anaesthetics; paediatric rehabilitation disciplines; paediatric nursing; child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health; and children's public health. This affiliation is reflected as the School of Child and Adolescent Health.