The first part of the session was a tribute to the remarkable life of African cardiologist and researcher Professor Bongani Mayosi, who died in July this year.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. The meeting heard of his many achievements and international awards; he is perhaps best known internationally for leading the team that identified the role of the CDH2 gene in familial dilated cardiomyopathy.
Tragically he suffered from depression, which led him to take his own life. His family has bravely come forward to talk about how he died. By doing so they have shown that mental health problems are widespread and can affect anyone, including those whose professional area is in health.
The tribute was presented by his colleague and friend John Nachega (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) who described the death of Prof. Bongani Mayosi as a great loss for South Africa, Africa and the world.
The tribute was delivered at the opening of the fourth plenary session of the Forum, on 19 September 2018 at 09:00 AM.