Smith & Nephew contributes to South African Burn Hero Award

2 September 2013

Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology business, announced that it has supported the South African Burn Society to make possible an annual Burn Hero award to acknowledge South African surgeons who go far beyond the call of duty in the treatment and care of burn patients.


Dr Muganza presents the award to Prof Rode
  Outgoing President of the South African Burn Society, Dr Adelin Muganza presented the inaugural award to Professor Heinz Rode at the 15th annual SA Burn Society  Congress in Durban in recognition of his decades-long commitment to advancing the standards of care for children who have sustained life-threatening or functionally impairing burn injuries. As Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, Prof Rode has served African people and emerging surgeons with uncommon dedication and vision during a paediatric surgical career spanning over 34 years.


Speaking in an ETV interview in 2011, Prof Rode said:

“An adult can look after himself but a child is voiceless and somebody needs to look after them. Everything is different in a child – the disease process and the family involved with the child.  The legacy that one wants to leave behind is quality care.”

Prof Rode in the ward


Dr  Muganza  said that the award title – ‘Burn Hero’ acknowledges outstanding outcomes achieved, particularly with patients who have suffered severe full thickness burns. He said that selection of the recipient is made by the South Africa Burn Society through a structured process based on specific criteria related to the quality of burn care delivered and the advancement of burn research.

The cash value of the award is R20 000 (twenty thousand rand). This is donated by Smith & Nephew (Pty) Limited South Africa in alignment with their strategic goal of advancing modern burns management on the African continent. The recipient of the award may choose the medical institution/ burns unit to which the R20 000 will be donated. 

Smith & Nephew’s focus on modern burns management escalated in the early 2000’s with technologies like nanocrystalline silver, bioengineered temporary synthetic skins and procedurally efficient hydrosurgical tissue debridement. These revolutionised the management of major burns from patient, surgeon and funder perspectives.


Judy Horne with Prof Heinz Rode   Judy Horne, Africa Regional Managing Director for Smith & Nephew (pictured here with Prof Rode) said that in the past decade Smith & Nephew has provided Modern Burns Management training to over 1500 surgeons from sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging countries who play a critical role in the successful multidisciplinary management of burn care.

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Dr Nikki Allorto, Specialist Burn Surgeon | Incoming President, South African Burn Society | Edendale Hospital  | University of KwaZulu-Natal


Presented by the South African Burn Society for the first time in 2013 – this award recognises South African surgeons who go far beyond the call of duty in the treatment and care of burn patients. 

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Burn Hero Prof Rode

About Emeritus Professor Heinz Rode

Prof Rode has been at the forefront of burn research and education for decades and is widely regarded as the leading academic and practical burn surgeon in South Africa.