Mzansi's first skin banking program launches

The Center for Tissue Engineering (CTE) at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), have partnered with the Burn Care Trust to open a skin banking program to help treat burn victims.

This six-moth-old program was officially launched yesterday. It aims to register people to donate their skin so that when they die, it can be used to help those who have survived burns to heal better.

This is the first program of its kind in South Africa. All people will be able access the skin bank, not only those with access to private health care.

On #NightTalk, Gugs Mhlungu and Wasanga Mehana spoke to Cleo Ndhlovu, Manager of the CTE, to find out more about the programme and the challenge it faces of people being resistant to donate their skin.

Listen to the whole conversation below...

South Africans haven't really been told or educated properly about the importance of donating your organs or your tissues. And I don't think people realise how much they need it.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager

South African burn surgeons now have a place they can call or go to. Before doctors would have to import or ask a family member to donate.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager

The skin demand is downplayed because people don't know, or the crisis of burn in South Africa is not out there in the public.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager
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