South African Medical Association

Webinar | Understanding COVID-19 maternal and perinatal outcomes and vaccinations in pregnancy



Understanding COVID-19 maternal and perinatal outcomes and vaccinations in pregnancy

Dear Colleagues

You are invited to a webinar on understanding COVID-19 maternal and perinatal outcomes and vaccinations in pregnancy.

The COVID-19 Clinical Brief Webinar series has been reinstated in response to the unique clinical challenges posed by the third wave of SARS-CoV-2. Discovery Health, together with SAMA, UFFP and SAPPF recognise the need for sound clinical guidance for, and by the profession at this critical time.

This CPD-accredited series (launched in 2020) will continue to support doctors on the frontlines during this third wave with credible, practical information about a range of topics related to COVID-19.

In support of the national vaccine rollout, healthcare professionals who have not had the opportunity to vaccinate can now register for their vaccination at a Discovery vaccination site. Follow these steps to book your appointment at a Discovery vaccination site:

• Register on the vaccines for healthcare workers (V4HCW) website
• Navigate to the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Navigator to book your appointment at a
  Discovery vaccination site.

In addition, we hope to remain a trusted source of support for your personal wellbeing and practice sustainability during and beyond these challenging times. 

Please contact us on if you are interested in more details in this regard.

To help with your scheduling, please reserve 19:00 time slot on Thursday evenings for this series: Navigating the third wave

Details for the upcoming webinar:
Date:    22 July 2021
Time:    19:00
Topic:   Understanding COVID-19 maternal and perinatal outcomes, and vaccinations in pregnancy


This webinar will be led by a panel of experts:

Professors Salome Maswime, Mushi Matjila and Priya Soma Pillay

Professor Salome Maswime is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at the University of Cape Town, a World Economic Forum Young Scientist, Next Einstein Fellow, President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society, and an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She is a former Discovery Foundation MGH fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a trustee of the South African Health Systems Trust, a section editor of the Plos Global Public Health Journal and a member of UNITAR’s Global Surgery Foundation leadership team.

Professor Mushi Matjila is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital, in Cape Town. He is a member of the Receptor Biology Unit at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town. He is serving on the National Health Research Committee (NHRC), the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Research for Health, and Chairs the Policy and Strategy Subcommittee of the NHRC. He is Chair of the Academic Liaison Committee of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) and is Senate and Council Member of the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa (CMSA). He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Global Reports (AJOG Global Reports).

Professor Priya Soma-Pillay is the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria, Steve Biko Academic Hospital and UP Research Centre for Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care. She is also President of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa, and immediate past honorary Secretary of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a member of the FIGO Executive Board.

Queries regarding CPD points
This webinar is CPD accredited. If you have any questions about CPD points, please email:

Did you miss any of our previous COVID-19 webinars?
You can view and listen to all previous webinars and podcasts here

Medical Practice Consulting has partnered with Discovery to make the webinars aired in the first series viewable for CPD points. You can register here if you missed the opportunity to earn CPD points at live webinars.

We wish you strength and assure you of our ongoing support during these challenging times.


Dr Maurice Goodman
Chief Medical Officer
Discovery Health

The hosts of this series, Discovery, SAMA, UFFP and SAPPF are not positioned to comment on the material presented during these webinars. Given the rapid pace at which knowledge needs to evolve to effectively combat the pandemic, not all information presented at these sessions may be evidence-based. However, it is presented by leading experts of the highest calibre at the cutting edge of Covid research and management. We are confident that the clinicians attending these webinars will use their individual clinical judgement and discretion about which advice and guidance they choose to apply in the management of their patients.

Discovery Health (Pty) Ltd; registration number 1997/013480/07, an authorised financial services provider and administrator of medical schemes. 

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