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Su Naidoo

Author of Handbook of HIV Care, (co-author: Mark Cotton)
Oxford University Press, South Africa
Professor and Specialist in the Department of Community Dentistry,
Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University

Sudeshni Naidoo was born in Port Shepstone, Kwazulu Natal on 9 May 1961. She attended the Port Shepstone Primary School and High School at Charters Towers School in England where she was head girl and attained her "A" levels.

She received her BDS and LDS.RCS in 1985 and MA in Dental Public Health (MDPH) at the University of London and the Diploma in Dental Public Health (DDPH) in 1994 from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, followed by her specialist MChD degree in Community Dentistry in 1999. Her PhD thesis documents the cranio-facial, oral and dental features of children with the fetal alcohol syndrome.
Sudeshni Naidoo is a Professor and Specialist at the Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, having previously held the post of Principal Dentist for the Kwazulu Natal Provincial Administration, Researcher at the Medical Research Council in Tygerberg and Senior Registrar in Community Dentistry. Her main focus of research is on Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, with particular reference to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and TB, and a specific focus on the disadvantaged with regard to provision of care, Oral Health Quality of Life, and Child Abuse. She has written HIV/AIDS policies for the dental faculties and a Hepatitis B vaccination policy for the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape, published and presented on Child Abuse, Cross infection, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.
She is presently President of the Western Cape Branch and National Vice President of the South African Dental Association.
Sue is happily married to a chef who owns the Aubergine restaurant. They have no children but a very naughty cat called Truffles.

Special interests:
I am interested in the Art and History of Art and am a member and Friend of the South African National Gallery.
I am a keen Opera & Classical Music fan and presently have Grade 5 Royal College of Music certification for Piano.
I am an avid bird watcher and a Member of the Cape Town Bird Club with a life list of over 450 species.
I am also interested in the fine art of Bonsai and am a Member of the Western Cape Bonsai Society.

Text by Sudeshni Naidoo, March 2003

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