About Us

    The Southern African Hypertension Society is a Society that is largely managed by a concerned group of Southern African health professionals.

  • Direction We Are Heading

    Our Vision

    To contribute toward eradicating the ill-effects of high blood pressure in Southern Africa by increasing awareness, education and research in the field of hypertension.

  • What We Aim to Achieve

    Our Objectives

    The objectives of the SAHS are to education, research, set out guidelines, open communication and spread awareness.

  • Be Apart of the Solution

    Who Can Join

    It is a professional society open to all who work in the health and education sectors with an interest in hypertension.

  • Keep Up with the Times

    For Members

    Members get access to blogs, podcasts, key international speakers, latest publications, networking opportunities and more.

  • A Bit of History

    SAHS History

    The SAHS is a section 21 company. The Southern African Hypertension Society was founded in 1977

About Hypertension ...

High Blood Pressure, medically known as Hypertension, is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and even eye diseases. When the blood pressure exceeds a certain threshold we call it as high blood pressure. The only way to find out what your blood pressure is is to measure it using acceptable measuring devices. Over a period of time the science has advanced and today blood pressure can be measured at home through self-measurement using home blood pressure monitors. Unlike many other diseases hypertension has no symptoms and hence it is called the Silent Killer.

Approximately 4 in 10 adults older than 25 years have hypertension. This means that nearly 1 billion people have hypertension. The unfortunate part is around 50% of these people are unaware of their condition. Of those who are aware half of them do not take any action to control their blood pressure either through lifestyle modification or medication.

This means 75% of the world's hypertensive population are at risk and are potential candidates for heart disease, stroke or kidney disease or even sudden death.

The good news is that blood pressure is easily measurable without any discomfort. And once you know you have elevated blood pressure you can do something to prevent and control rising blood pressure and thus avoid potential risk.
The World Hypertension League (WHL) recommends that everyone should get their blood pressure checked at least once every year.
  • If your blood pressure is below 120/80 (meaning less than 120 mmHg of systolic blood pressure and less than 80 mmHg of diastolic blood pressure) then you have a normal healthy blood pressure. Congratulations and keep it like that and get your blood pressure checked one year from now.
  • If your blood pressure is less than 140/90 but above 120/80 you are at a risk of becoming hypertensive. You need to take some immediate steps to improve your lifestyle such as quitting smoking if you are a smoker; reducing your body weight to a healthy level; becoming more active; improving your dietary habits to include more vegetables and fruits, reduce salt intake and cutting down on the amount of fat intake - in other words daily healthy eating pattern; and you need to meet with a health care provider to reassess your blood pressure status every year.
  • If your blood pressure is above 140/90 you need to see a heath care provider to see if you have hypertension and need treatments to help to avoid heart disease and stroke.
- Republished with permission from the World Hypertension League

Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Republished with permission from the World Hypertension League

Congratulations to Professor Krisela Steyn


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WHL Newsletter March 2016


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SA Hypertension Practice Guidelines Now Available!!

Newly released in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa

The South African Hypertension Practice Guidelines are now available! To access, pl...
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Blood Pressure Measurement: A "How To" Video

Ever wondered how to measure blood pressure correctly? Watch this video by the World Hypertension League now!

This video is a guide to the best technique for measuring blood pressure. It is ...
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Stroke and Hypertension Congress 2014 Presentations Online Now!!

The Stroke and Hypertension Congress presentations are online now. Access them here.

We are happy to share with you the presentations done at the Stroke and Hypertension Congress ...
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Leading Canadian expert questions Noakes diet and demonstrates the overall benefit of the Mediterranean diet

This article debunks the Noakes diet and provides healthy alternatives, including a recipe book, for safe and effective and evidence-based dietary requirements for weight-loss.

Canadian expert, Dr David Spence from the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Rese...
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SAHS New MOI for Members to Read

To all members, please read the new MOI for the SAHS. This will be voted on at the AGM on Saturday August 23rd in Durban at the Hypertension Congress.

Dear Members,  please read the new MOI for the SAHS. This will be voted on at the AG...
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Winner of prestigious International Society of Nephrology Pioneer Award for developing nephrology in South Africa

We are excited to announce that Professor YK Seedat has won another incredible international award!!

Professor YK Seedat has won the  ...
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ISH Developing World Award given in Greece to Professor Seedat

Professor Seedat, from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, has been awarded the ISH Developing World Award from the International Society of Hypertension. He received this award in Greece this June 2014. Biggest congratulations!

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South African Hypertension Society and South African Heart Association announces new guidelines for Renal Denervation for resistant hypertension after results of Simplicity 3.

This document summarizes the view of the SA Hypertension Society, SA Heart and South African Society of Cardiovascular Interventionalists, to provide guidance regarding appropriate patient selection for referring physicians, interventionists, healthc

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Mediterranean diets lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar.

The PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) trial showed that Mediterranean diets (MedDiets) supplemented with either extra virgin olive oil or nuts reduced cardiovascular events, particularly stroke, compared with a control, lower fat diet. T

Read about the results here....
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Top Award for South African Hypertension Researcher

The South African Hypertension Society is pleased to announce that the ISH Developing World Award has been given to a member of our Board.

Professor Seedat, from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, has been awarded the...
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Opportunity for Grant Applications through Trialect Inc

Trialect Inc is soliciting applications for identifying a regional training centre in the WHO African region. Over a two-year time period, this center should progressively integrate a panel of skill-building courses on implementation research, ethi

This Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is co-sponsored by U...
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World Hypertension Day (May 17th): Call for action

In acknowledgement of World Hypertension Day on May 17th, the South African Hypertension Society is calling all South Africans to action!

Get your blood pressure checked regularly, live a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercis...
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Letter to Cape Talk regarding Noakes/Banting Diet

Open letter to Cape Talk radio station written by President of South African Hypertension Society, Professor Brian Rayner, addressing concerns surrounding the much talked about Noakes/Banting Diet.

Dear John,   There has been a lot of publicity about the Noakes/Ban...
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Epidemiology of Hypertension in Southern Africa

An overview of the epidemiology of hypertension in Southern Africa. Data provided by Professors Krisela Steyn and Alta Schutte.

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World Hypertension League awards 2 South African Hypertension Society Board Members

Prestigious awards given to 2 South African Hypertension Society Board members: Professor Brian Rayner and Professor Krisela Steyn for Notable Achievements in Hypertension and the Reduction of Dietary Salt.

The World Hypertension League has awarded the following: 1.   2014 WHL No...
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Do not take with a pinch of salt; But, expert warns salt laws fail taste test

This article highlights debates around lowering daily salt intake as a strategy to reduce non-communicable (such as hypertension) disease burden in South Africa.

REDUCING daily salt intake to less than a teaspoon a day can save South Africa R300-million in...
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2014 WHL ISH Salt Policy Statement

The International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League have developed a policy statement calling for reducing dietary salt. The policy supports the WHO and the United Nations recommendations, which are based on a comprehensiv

The International Society of Hypertension and World Hypertension League call on gov...
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SAHS Endorses the World Hypertension League-International Society of Hypertension’s Sodium Policy

The Southern African Hypertension Society endorses the sodium policy statement of the World Hypertension League (WHL) and the International Society for Hypertension (ISH).

7 November 2013    Dr N...
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Letter to The Times on Hypertension

Our letter refers to the headline and the article published on the front page of ‘The Times’ on the 12 September. The statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, was reported as saying that deaths due to hypertension and stroke were more common in white

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Have your blood pressure tested


To educate South Africans about the potential deadly outcome of a lack of, or poor management of ...
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Do you have hypertension?

The University of Cape Town is looking for people with hypertension (and a history of an ischemic attack) to fill out a survey on Quality of Life. If you are interested in taking part you can contact the principal researcher, Michelle Henry, at m

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Hypertension Practitioner Recognition Programme

SAHS is pleased to announce the Hypertension Practitioner recognition programme, which is aimed to improve knowledge about the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension by encouraging and rewarding attendance at the biennial South African Hy

  SAHS is pleased to announce the Hypertension Practitioner recogniti...
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“Heart disease is a killer. The facts speak for themselves - after HIV/AIDS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa,”¹ says Professor Krisela Steyn, Chronic Disease Initiative in Africa researcher and project leader of sever

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE ON WORLD HEART DAY “Heart disease is a killer. The...
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High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the leading cause of death in developing as well as in developed countries. More than six million South Africans suffer from hypertension, translating into one in every five persons. Hypertension is a 'sile

High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the leading cause of death in developing as well a...
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Experts agree that healthy heart exercises get our hearts pumping, and are an excellent way of re...
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Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, is a silent killer. It affects 1 in every 5 adults, and is one of the leading causes of morbidity and death in adults over the age of 50/55. * Globally, 7 million people die every year and th

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South African Hypertension Guideline

version 2014

5th hypertension guideline published by the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS)
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International Society of Hypertension Guideline

version 2014

2014 International Society of Hypertension/American Society of Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines.
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Prof. Angela Woodiwiss

Prof. Angela Woodiwiss

SAHS President:

Angela Jill Woodiwiss [BSc Physiotherapy, MSc (Cardiovascular Physiology), PhD (Cardiovascular Physiology)] is an ad Hominem Full Professor in School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) (promoted in 2010). In recognition of her research contributions, she is currently an NRF B2 rated scientist. She is Co-Director of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit (CPGRU, a WITS University recognised research entity) and Head: Molecular-Genetics Research Laboratory of the CPGRU). Prof Woodiwiss has 150 original publications (all DE accredited and in ISI journals) since 1992 (start of her research career, averaging >6 per year). Her publications have emanated in a total of 3486 citations and she has an h index of 34.

Most of her publications (68%) are in leading international journals in the cardiovascular field with high impact factors (>3), most notably Circulation (5 publications); Journal of American College of Cardiology (2); Hypertension (14); Cardiovascular Research (3); Journal of Hypertension (17); American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology (9); American Journal of Hypertension (12). Eleven of her publications have generated editorial commentaries in prestigious cardiovascular journals. She has been awarded a number of prizes including Award for Excellence in Physiology Research from Physiological Society of Southern Africa (2009); Service Excellence Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences (2009); Philip V Tobias and Convocation Distinguished Teacher's Award for Pre-clinical teaching (2006); Faculty Research Prize (most prestigious publication in the Faculty) (2003); Friedel Sellschop Research Award (exceptional young researchers award) (2000-2002); University Council Overseas Fellowship (1996). She has supervised to completion 17 PhD and 13 MSc (research) graduates, many of whom are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds (16/28, 57%), and is currently supervising a further 4 PhD and 2 MSc students (3/5, 60%). Prof Woodiwiss is on the editorial board of Journal of American Society of Hypertension, and is regularly invited to review manuscripts for a number of international journals with high impact factors including Circulation, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Research, American Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Applied Physiology. Prof Woodiwiss is an active member of various Faculty and University Committees including University Committee for Research on Human Subjects (co-chair 2005 to present, member since 1998); Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee (acting chair Jan-June 2014, chair 2004-mid2005, deputy chair 2001-2003); University Research Committee (Jan-June 2014, 1999-mid2005).

She is currently a member of the Board of the Hypertension Society of Southern Africa, and was previously Chair of South African National Committee for the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS)(2008 to September 2010), a voting member of IUPS (2008 to September 2010), a member of the South African International Council for Science (ICSU)(2005 to September 2010), and Vice-President of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) in 2001. Prof Woodiwiss was a member of the Conference Organising Committee for SAHS in 2001, 2009 and 2011, and for PSSA for 2007, 2001 and 1995. Her research interests include the impact of genetic and environmental risk factors on blood pressure (BP) and cardiovascular (CVS) end-organ changes (TOD) by defining the heredity and mode of inheritance of BP and intermediary CVS risk phenotypes using a cross-sectional study of nuclear families of African origin (APOGH); the genetic basis of hypertension (HT) in South Africans (SA) of African ancestry and insights into the variability in BP and hemodynamic responses to antihypertensive agents; the importance of cardiac dilatation in contributing to pump dysfunction and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the transition from cardiac hypertrophy to dilatation and heart failure (HF) in various animal models.

Prof. Alta Schutte

Prof. Alta Schutte

Board member:

Alta Schutte is Professor of Physiology and holds the position as the South African Research Chair in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa. The Chair is hosted by the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University. She is also the Unit Director of the South African Medical Research Council's Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.

The research focus of HART is to obtain a better understanding regarding the pathophysiological development of hypertension in Africans, and the identification of early markers for the development of hypertension. Ultimately this understanding has to be applied in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the black South African population. Alta has published more than 140 papers on hypertension in Africans, and has received several national and international awards acknowledging her work, such as the Distinguished Young Women Scientist in Life Sciences, from the Minister of the Department of Science and Technology, and the AU-TWAS (African Union & The World Academy of Sciences) Award in Life Sciences.

She serves on the Editorial Board of established cardiovascular journals and is on Executive Committee of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH).

Prof. YK Seedat

YK Seedat

Board member:

Prof. YK Seedat, O.M.S.S., M.D. (N.U. Irel.) ; Ph.D. (MED.SCI.) (h.c.) (U.D.W.) ;M.D.(h.c)(U.Free State) ; Hon. F.C.M. (S.A.); FRSSAf; F.R.C.P. (London) ; F.R.C.P. (Irel.) ; F.A.C.P ; F.C.P ; (S.A.) ; F.A.C.C ; F.C.C.P ; F.A.C.A ; F.I.C.A ; F.I.C.N ; F.C.P.S.(Pak); Fellow of the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Professor and Head of Medicine Univ. Natal 1978 - 1994. Professor of Medicine (Research), University of Natal 1995 - 1999. Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of KwaZulu Natal.

He received several awards over the years, including the State President Order For Meritorious Service 1990; Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) University of Durban-Westville, 18th May 1991;Doctor of Medicine(honoris causa) University of Free State 2004, Honorary Fellowship, College of Medicine of South Africa, October 1998; Silver Award for Research and Teaching. Medical Association of South Africa, 21 June 1999 August 1995; Officer The South African Medical Association honour for leadership and outstanding contribution in the field of medicine. November 2003. Illuminated citation Golden Jubilee Award Colleges of Medicine of South Africa October 2005. The South African Medical Association Merit Award for Extraordinary Service in Medicine September 2007. The South African Medical Association Chairman's Award. 2010.

He has authored publications mainly on Hypertension and Renal Medicine (362) in medical journals and chapters in books (38). Presented 357 papers at (127) international and (230) national congresses and societies.

He was a member and office bearer of the following: President, SA Medical Assoc (SAMA). 2001 - 2002. Exec Mem.: Colleges of Medicine of S.A. 1989-1995 and 1998-2001. Chairman, Faculty of Physicians, College of Medicine of South Africa 1992-1995.

Prof. Brain Rayner

Prof. Brain Rayner

Board Member:

Brian Rayner is Head and Director of Research of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and is the immediate past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society. He graduated in M.B.Ch.B. from University of Cape Town in 1978, obtained Fellowship of the College of Medicine (SA) in 1986, and has a Master of Medicine and PhD from the University of Cape Town. His doctoral thesis studied salt sensitivity and salt sensitive hypertension in indigenous South African people. He received the World Hypertension League Award for Notable Achievement in Hypertension in 2014 in his work related to his doctorate.

Brian Rayner's active research interests are therapy of hypertension, mutations in the ENaC, genetic determinants of salt sensitivity, HIVAN, vascular calcification and chronic kidney disease, primary aldosteronism, assessing adherence in hypertensive patients, ethics of rationing dialysis therapy, AKI and genetics of severe hypertension in blacks. He has a major interest in hypertension guidelines, and together with Profs Seedat and Veriava wrote the 2014 South African Hypertension Practice Guideline. He has 91 publications in peer reviewed journals, is on the editorial board of the CVS Journal of Africa, and Nephron Clinical Practice, and acts as a reviewer for many peer reviewed international journals, has made over 100 presentations at local and international congresses and has written 6 chapters in books.

Prof. Gavin Norton

Gavin Norton

Board Member:

MBBCh, BSc, BSc Hons, PhD. Ad hominem full Professor in the School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand and honorary member of the Department of Internal Medicine, Charlotte Maxeke-Johannesburg Hospital (hypertension clinic); Director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences; previous Head of Health Science Teaching in the School of Physiology, and previous Cardiovascular Block Chair of the MBBCh program, University of the Witwatersrand, where he established this teaching block. Gavin has published 145 peer-reviewed papers in largely high impact cardiovascular journals, including a number of papers in the journals Circulation (x5), Hypertension (x14), J Am Coll Cardiol, Circ Res, Cardiovasc Res and J Hypertens (x17). Gavin’s publications have been cited 3241 times and at least 33 papers have been cited 33 times (h-index=33). Gavin has supervised to completion 18 PhD and 11 MSc students. In recognition of his work Gavin has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award (1998), and the Young Researcher’s Special Award (1997-1998), University of the Witwatersrand. In addition Gavin has won the Phillip Tobias-Convocation Teaching Award and the 2011 Service Excellence Award. Gavin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hypertension, the official journal of the International and European Societies of Hypertension. He is past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society (2010-2012) and currently a Board member of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Hypertension Society. He has been chair of the University of the Witwatersrand Animal Ethics Screening Committee and deputy chair of the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty Postgraduate Committee.

Prof. Nash Ranjith

Prof. Nash Ranjith

Board Member

Prof N Ranjith [MBChB, BSC, MD, FESC] is Head of the Cardiac and Coronary Care Unit at the R K Khan Hospital in Durban. He is a member of various professional bodies, some of which include the South African Heart Association and Heart Failure Society, European Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology, European Society of Acute Critical Care, European Heart Failure Society and is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He is also on numerous editorial and advisory boards. Nash has supervised several PhD, MMed, and MSc students in Cardiovascular Medicine. His research interests include the Genetics of Cardiac Disease, Cardiac Biomarkers, Heart failure and Acute Coronary Syndromes. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals in these areas of research.

Prof. Ruan Kruger

Prof. Ruan Kruger

Board Member

Professor Ruan Kruger is a trained Physiologist (BSc, Hons BSc, MSc, PhD) and appointed as Associated Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences with lecturing duties in the School of Physiology of the North-West University, along with research duties within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). He is affiliated with the South African Medical Research Council Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Extramural Research Unit. Professor Kruger is also the current Chair of the New Investigator Committee of the International Society of Hypertension. Professor Kruger is also a Council Member of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) and part of numerous working groups including the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology, a member of the ESC Council on Hypertension and member of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the ESC. He is an Emerging Leader member of the ISH.

Professor Kruger’s research focus is on early cardiovascular disease development in South African populations and to identify potential prevention strategies, especially to curb the early onset of cardiovascular risk in children and young adults. He has more than 30 original publications in internationally accredited journals since 2011 and in recognition of his research contributions, he is currently an NRF Y2 rated scientist.

He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark from 2013 to 2014. He was acknowledged for his contribution to science as the Spotlight of the month (March 2013) as determined by the New Investigator Committee of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), the prize winner of the best abstract in the ISH International Poster Forum in the Clinical Research category from the Africa region in both 2012 and 2014, along with the Silver award for an oral presentation in the Young Investigator session of the 2016 ISH Scientific Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. He is the Principle Investigator of two research projects; the Arterial Stiffness in Offspring Study (ASOS) and the Exercise, Arterial Modulation and Nutrition in Youth South Africa (ExAMIN Youth SA) study.

Dr. Ikechi Okpechi

Prof. Ikechi Okpechi

Board Member

Dr. Okpechi is a Physician, Nephrologist and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where he obtained his doctoral degree in 2008 for his work on metabolic syndrome and the leptin gene with kidney disease in Xhosa-speaking South Africans. He is a member of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and represents the ISN as Educational Ambassador in Africa. He is the Principal Investigator of the Africa Lupus Genetics (ALUGEN) network in Cape Town, a research group with focus on clinical and laboratory research in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His research interest is in hypertension and glomerular diseases in Africa IN Black Africans.

Dr. Rajen Moodley

Dr. R Moodley

Board member:

Qualifications: MBChB, FCP (SA), M.MED (INT)
Specialist Physician since 1992, part time lecturer in UKZN Dept of medicine
Interests include clinical research in hypertension and cardio metabolic diseases.

Dr. Yvonne Trinder

Yvonne Trinder

Board member:

Yvonne Trinder is a General Practitioner. She works in the Hypertension Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and for the University of Cape Town. She is involved in contract research and has an active private practice dealing with patients who have difficult to control hypertension and complex cardiovascular problems. She is a Director and past Treasurer of the South African Hypertension Society, and has presented at several educational workshops and congresses under the auspices of the Society.

Dr. Martin Mpe

Martin Mpe

Board member:

Dr Martin Mpe works as a private cardiologist at Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. He is also a session cardiologist and acting HOD of the Heart Unit at No. 1 Military Hospital in Thaba-Tshwane where he assists in interventional cardiology and cardiac pacing, including cardiac resynchronization therapy and ICD implants.

Academic and Professional Qualifications
MBCHB, MMED (Internal Medicine), FCP – Fellowship of the college of Physicians and Completed Cardiology training at the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2001.

Membership of associations
Vice President of the Heart Failure Society of South Africa
Advisory board member of the SA Hypertension Society
Chairman of the Education committee of the SA Heart Association
Chairman of the Aero Medical Committee of the SA Civil Aviation Authority

Academic Activities
Dr Mpe is an extraordinary lecturer in the Department of sports Medicine at the University of Pretoria. He is an editorial board member of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa. He is also an examiner in the Cardiology exit examinations for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

Agnes Maseko

Agnes Maseko

Board member:

Agnes Nomndeni Maseko , the daughter of John and Maggie Makhanya, the only daughter among four brothers, became interested in nursing because of her role model; Christina Dorothy Mahlangu who was the first black nurse in Bethal, the area in which she grew up.

Other Board members include:

Prof Krisela Steyn, Prof Neels Potgieter, Prof Yosuf Veriava and Dr Erika Jones

Society Contacts:

Southern African Hypertension Society Contact:

Email: info@hypertension.org.za

Hypertension Congress Contact:

Sonja du Plessis
Email: sonja@londocor.co.za

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Dear Sponsor

Reference: Friends of the Society of Hypertension

The Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS) has recently made important decisions to place the Society on a sound footing, and promote the ideals of the Society namely improved care of people living with hypertension through education, training and research.

The Society is quite active, and strives to keep on improving wherever possible:
  • We regularly publish updated Hypertension Guidelines
  • We collaborate with several organisations (such as the World Hypertension League, Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, SA Heart, SA Stroke Society, International Society of Hypertension, Pan-African Society of Cardiology) to promote an improved awareness and better management of hypertension
  • We hold very successful congresses in different locations on a biennial basis, with recent meetings in Cape Town and Durban
  • Completely revamped the web site making the society visible, and offering resources for both lay and professional people
South Africa is a country where hypertension is highly prevalent, and has far reaching consequences for the health of the nation. There is an urgent need to promote healthy lifestyles and train health professionals in the prevention, assessment and management of these all people (from the youth to the elderly).

Of course all of our activities takes money, and conferences are no longer a model for financial sustainability. For the past few years we have introduced the idea of the Friends of the Society, and we are appealing to companies and organization to join the Friends of the Society as part of their corporate social responsibility. We are offering Gold and Silver membership for R25000 and R10000 respectively. Your company logos will be displayed in the Health Professionals section (which is password protected and not visible to the public) to avoid any regulatory conflict.

We also requesting donations from individuals as well who may be interested in helping promote the ideals of the Society. These individuals will be listed with the amounts donated and will be on the open website.

Yours sincerely


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