• Alan David Widgerow University of the Witwatersrand


This edition of Wound Healing Southern Africa (WHSA) is primarily dedicated to burn wound management and teaching from a physician and nurse perspective. The low figures in the burn unit in which I collaborate in a country like the USA, where I have spent the past few years, serves as a stark contrast to the great needs of countries such as South Africa, where burn injury figures are still high. Necessity is the mother of invention, and South African ingenuity has repeatedly proven itself. In that respect, Nikki Allorto, President of the South African Burn Society (SABS), and her team, have considered alternative means of procuring donor skin, examined the metabolic changes in burn injuries and new approaches to the control thereof, and provided insight to the important functions undertaken by the SABS.

Author Biography

Alan David Widgerow, University of the Witwatersrand
MBBCh; FCS (Plast); MMed (Wits); FACS Emeritus Professor Department of Plastic Surgery University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg South Africa and Irvine CA, USA