Our work is very much a team effort.

Dr Cindy Stephen

Dr Cindy Stephen is the Director of the Poisons Information Centre. After completing her MBChB at UCT, she worked in Kwa-Zulu Natal for many years in the disciplines of Paediatrics and Child Health and has been involved at a national level in the Child Healthcare Problem Identification Programme (Child PIP). Cindy has experience in writing and compiling health resources and will be working with Kate to further develop and streamline the AfriTox patient treatment protocols, as well as overseeing the new joint Poisons Emergency Line and the associated TeleLog database.

Dr Kate Balme

Dr Kate Balme did her medical training at the University of Cape Town and has experience in a variety of disciplines including Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics. She has an MSc on the use of antibiotics in children with paraffin poisoning. Since 2009, Kate has supervised our Clinical Database which stores data on all children seen at Red Cross Children’s Hospital with poisoning, and she works extensively on writing and updating the AfriTox treatment protocols.

Linda Curling

Ms Linda Curling was a hospital pharmacist for 21 years, mostly at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry and at the Clinical Research Unit at Red Cross Children's Hospital before joining the Poisons Information Centre in 2006. She was involved in the process of developing and testing AfriTox and in designing our websites. She is responsible for AfriTox data entry and manufacturer liaison.

Farah Mohamed

Ms Farah Mohamed is a pharmacist who worked in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Pharmacy for many years before joining the Poisons Information Centre in 2011. Farah liaises with manufacturers of commercial products, particularly household products. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology from Cardiff University.

Nicole Apollis

Mrs Nicole Apollis organises the day to day activities of the Poisons Information Centre. She has worked in business administration and has broad experience in liaising with clients. She has a BSc in Medical Bioscience, has a good knowledge of medical terms and procedures and has research experience in a laboratory environment. Nicole is in charge of AfriTox subscriber management and usage monitoring. She liaises with those manufacturers who partner with us in supplying product information.

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