Cohort 
2021

Khanyo Ngcobo, MBChB, FcPsych, MMed

Psychiatrist

We need to increase dementia awareness, and address modifiable risk factors that can reduce risk.

Current Work

Specialist Psychiatrist

Personal Hero

My mentors

Words of Strength

Compassionately dedicated

Vision

We need to increase dementia awareness, and address modifiable risk factors that can reduce risk. We also need to encourage the health and social systems to prioritise resources to prevent, treat and care for people with dementia.

Strategy

Khanyo has completed a descriptive research project on cognitive impairment. She is currently undertaking dementia clinical care and research, aimed at improving service provision in a local context and is also involved in advocacy and awareness programs.

Impact

Khanyo aims to expand her clinical and research skills in dementia in order to develop a culture-fair cognitive screening tool for a diverse population, allowing for earlier intervention and care, and gain insights into improving service provision in low- and middle-income countries.

Motivation

More prevalence data, using culture-fair screening tests, is needed. Low awareness leads to under-diagnosis and dementia-related symptoms at times being ascribed to witchcraft. Dementia service provision and intervention options are limited.

Education & Experience

Khanyo received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Khanyo attained her Master of Medicine (MMed) degree in Psychiatry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and attained her Fellowship in Psychiatry (FcPsych(SA)) from The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). After completing her postgraduate degrees, she joined King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex as a Specialist Psychiatrist and the University of KwaZulu-Natal as an honorary lecturer.

Awards & Honors

University of KwaZulu-Natal
2021
Recognised as one of UKZN's "Young High Flyers"
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
2020
Participated in a live discussion about mental health with the KZN Health MEC