University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student Malebo Malope has risen quickly in her field to become a genetics counsellor at the age of 27.
Genetic counsellors are medical professionals who have specialised education in genetics and counselling.
They provide support to patients that need help making medical decisions about their genetic conditions, Malope explains.
A genetic counsellor speaks to clients. We inform them of the medical and genetic aspects of the condition that they or their family member has.— Malebo Malope
We help them to adapt to the information or diagnosis, providing emotional and psychosocial support.— Malebo Malope
We help to facilitate the decision-making process by helping them to make well-informed decisions.— Malebo Malope
Malope shares how she went from struggling with the area of study to becoming one of the youngest rising stars in genetics.
Listen to her share her inspiring story on Weekend Breakfast with Refiloe Mpakanyane:
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