oa Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases - Name change for the journal : becomes : editorial

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2312-0053



The journal has undergone a number of changes since its inception as 28 years ago. At that time, it amalgamated with the newly initiated , and was a joint venture of three societies, namely the Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa, the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa and the Epidemiological Society of Southern Africa. There have been four editors-in-chief since 1986. The two longest-serving editors were Prof Hendrik Koornhof, who still contributes substantially to the journal as Editor Emeritus, and the present Editor-in-Chief, Prof Charles Feldman. The other two editors were the late Prof Ray Smego, an infectious diseases physician, and the first editor, Dr Patrick Hessel, an epidemiologist. Associate editors during the 1990s and 2000s included Profs Ron Ballard, Barry Schoub, Shan Naidoo, Bernard Fourie, Carel Ijsselmuiden, Lucille Blumberg and John Frean.

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