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New deputy vice-chancellor appointed at the North-West University
New deputy vice-chancellor appointed at the North-West UniversityArticle

The North-West University (NWU) is delighted to announce that Professor Maphahlaganye Jeffrey Mphahlele will join the NWU family in the position of deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation. His appointment was confirmed by the NWU Council recently.

Issued by North-West University (NWU) 3 days ago

Remote training in bioinformatics to upskill scientists across Africa
Remote training in bioinformatics to upskill scientists across AfricaArticle

A new collaboration between Wellcome Connecting Science and H3ABioNet is helping deliver bioinformatics training throughout Africa, helping scientists tackle some of the continent's most urgent health challenges...

7 May 2021

The higher education experiences of the first wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa
The higher education experiences of the first wave of Covid-19 infections in South AfricaArticle

Despite the unknown realities of the Covid-19 second wave spread in 2021, Cornerstone Institute is continuing with online teaching and learning...

Issued by Cornerstone Institute 4 May 2021

Wunderman Thompson launches Regeneration Rising: Sustainable Futures
Wunderman Thompson launches Regeneration Rising: Sustainable FuturesArticle

Wunderman Thompson's new original futures report delves into regeneration and more, featuring interviews with key opinion and thought leaders in the sustainability space...

Issued by Wunderman Thompson 30 Apr 2021

The world spends billions on treated mosquito nets each year. Irene Abdou / Alamy Stock Photo
New malaria vaccine proves highly effective - and Covid shows how quickly it could be deployedArticle

Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in low-income countries...

Adrian Hill 26 Apr 2021

Mykola Samoilenko/Shutterstock
Scabies: the neglected tropical disease no one wants to talk aboutArticle

Some diseases are more likely to enter public conversation than others. Covid-19 has dominated the public discourse in 2020...

Michael Head 22 Apr 2021

Professor Shabir Madhi
Covid-19 is here to stayArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures

21 Apr 2021

Ebola virus virion. CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith
Ebola might be a chronic infection - but here's why we shouldn't panicArticle

Ebola is back in Guinea in West Africa, five years after the largest Ebola epidemic ever known ended...

Connor Bamford 1 Apr 2021

Professor Marc Mendelson, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital
Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, says Professor Marc MendelsonArticle

Scientists are predicting that the social gatherings associated with the Easter weekend will trigger the third wave of Covid-19, just as the country heads into winter. What are the lessons learned from the second wave?

19 Mar 2021

Antiretroviral treatment found to reduce risk of developing active TB - study
Antiretroviral treatment found to reduce risk of developing active TB - studyArticle

Research has discovered that antiretroviral treatment (ART) reduces the risk of developing active TB in HIV co-infected people by reducing the activation of the body's immune response...

11 Mar 2021

Study focuses on better approaches to interrupt TB transmission
Study focuses on better approaches to interrupt TB transmissionArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is ranked as one of the deadliest infectious diseases globally. According to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report]], Africa hosts 25% of the world's TB burden...

3 Mar 2021

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitalsArticle

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough...

Gilles van Cutsem 2 Mar 2021

A Phase I Covid-19 vaccine trial is about to start in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
A new vaccine is being tested in Cape Town: Here's why it's differentArticle

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are expected to start a phase one clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate, hAd5 T-cell, later this month...

Michael Cherry 19 Feb 2021

Medical staff check each others protective suits. Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images
Ebola strikes West Africa again: key questions and lessons from the pastArticle

News of a new outbreak of Ebola in Guinea is indeed distressing...

Mosoka Fallah 19 Feb 2021

How the coronavirus mutates and what this means for the future of Covid-19Article

The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing Covid-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity...

Ed Rybicki, Anna-Lise Williamson, Don Cowan & Stephanie G Burton 17 Feb 2021

Is it ethical to quarantine people in hotel rooms?
Is it ethical to quarantine people in hotel rooms?Article

From February 15, people travelling to the UK from a country on the UK's travel-ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days...

11 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials. Paul Kamau
Innovation - and research - are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in AfricaArticle

As a young medical doctor over 30 years ago, I had an experience no doctor wants to have. One of my patients, a young boy, died in my arms as we rushed him to the referral hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive treatment...

Monique Wasunna 29 Jan 2021

Veterinary involvement critical in Covid-19 response
Veterinary involvement critical in Covid-19 responseArticle

The World Health Organisation indicated in its 2012 report that some 1,400 species of infectious disease pathogens of humans exist and nearly 60% are derived from animal sources...

Dr Leon de Bruyn 27 Jan 2021

Professor Marc Mendelson
Third wave is on its way, if rapid vaccine roll out faltersArticle

South Africa is currently riding the second wave of Covid-19 infections, driven by 501.V2 - a particularly virulent strain of the virus...

26 Jan 2021

Dr Justus Apffelstaedt
Covid-19: the cost to cancer patientsArticle

Cancer - like many other health issues - does not simply stop because a swiftly spreading coronavirus appeared in late 2019...

Justus Apffelstaedt 25 Jan 2021

Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they knowArticle

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 25 Jan 2021

Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studies
Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studiesArticle

An extract of seaweed which protects marine plants from disease has been shown in clinical studies to also help block viruses, prevent infections and inhibit the flu...

Issued by Leap Communications 19 Jan 2021

South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize (centre). The government has been criticised for not having an actionable plan on vaccines. Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines: here's howArticle

South Africa has an estimated population approaching 60 million. To achieve herd immunity against Covid19, the government recently set the ambitious goal of vaccinating 67% of the population...

Shabir A Madhi 18 Jan 2021

Professor Frederick Cawood, director, Wits Mining Institute
#BizTrends2021: Mining's year ahead will demand deep innovationArticle

Mining's immediate future is to be impacted not just by economic cycles or established trends, but by structural issues demanding urgent and deep innovation...

Frederick Cawood 6 Jan 2021

Professor Salim Abdool Karim
Salim Abdool Karim wins 2020 John Maddox Prize for Covid-19 workArticle

The man at the vanguard of SA's Covid-19 strategy, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has been awarded the 2020 John Maddox Prize for standing up for science during the coronavirus pandemic...

15 Dec 2020

Professor Felicity Burt
SARS, MERS research paved way for rapid development of Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

Research on vaccines for the SARS and MERS viruses paved the way for more rapid development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allowing candidate vaccines to reach clinical trial stages in record time...

8 Dec 2020

Sonali Pal Chaudhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Battles won - and lost - against Aids hold valuable lessons for managing Covid-19Article

World AidsDay this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic - Covid-19...

Linda-Gail Bekker 1 Dec 2020

People relying on HIV prevention, care and treatment services have become even more vulnerable because of COVID-19. Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Why it's important to keep diagnosing and treating HIV during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Since 2013, global efforts have been made to gain control over the Aids epidemic by 2020 through UNAIDS' 90-90-90 targets...

Kathryn L Hopkins & Glenda Gray 30 Nov 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, CEO, African Green Resources
There may be a Covid-19 vaccine, but what about Africa?Article

The recent announcements by global pharmaceutical companies that their Covid-19 vaccines have shown over 90% effectiveness is undoubtedly triumphant news...

Zuneid Yousuf 30 Nov 2020

Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversity
Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversityArticle

Cabinet has approved the updated National Protected Areas Expansion Strategy and the revised National Biodiversity Framework in an effort to assist in addressing threats to biodiversity...

25 Nov 2020

Worried about Covid risk on a flight? Here's what you can do to protect yourself - and how airlines can step up
Worried about Covid risk on a flight? Here's what you can do to protect yourself - and how airlines can step upArticle

Airline health advice has so far mostly focused on staying hydrated and avoiding deep vein thrombosis. What passengers really want, however, is free hand masks, hand sanitiser and more space between passengers...

Ramon Zenel Shaban and Cristina Sotomayor-Castill 24 Nov 2020

Dr Bha Ndungane-Tlakula, country medical director, Pfizer South Africa
Antimicrobial resistance - a threat to modern healthArticle

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity...

20 Nov 2020

Marnus Fourie, partner, BDO Financial Services
Covid-19 and business interruption insuranceArticle

At the heart of the legendary city of New Orleans stands the four-star Windsor Court Hotel, welcoming guests with stunning views of the Mississippi river and city skyline. When the now infamous Category 5 hurricane, Katrina, hit in August 2005, it caused $125bn in damage...

Marnus Fourie 20 Nov 2020

Early diagnosis and treatment are key in the fight against HIV. Peter Casaer
Millions of people are on treatment for HIV: why are so many still dying?Article

Twenty years ago treatment for HIV was a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and President Thabo Mbeki's government's fierce opposition to providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector...

Gilles van Cutsem 19 Nov 2020

Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood...

Chinwe Juliana Iwu-Jaja, Andre Pascal Kengne & Charles Shey Wiysonge 13 Nov 2020

Mosquitoes and parasites do not respect country borders. CDC/James Gathan
As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, Covid-19 complicates the pictureArticle

Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day on 20 August...

Jaishree Raman & Shüné Oliver 6 Nov 2020

The polio eradication programme in Africa directly combated a severe debilitating disease. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP via Getty Images
How ending polio in Africa has had positive spinoffs for public healthArticle

Polio is a highly infectious disease. It's caused by a virus that enters the body through the mouth. The virus then multiplies in the intestine and attacks the central nervous system - causing paralysis...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 4 Nov 2020

Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control Covid-19Article

Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn't spared from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, countries have been advised to keep testing, treating and isolating to reduce infections...

Christian Happi & Ifeyinwa Aniebo 28 Oct 2020

Mxolisi Mgojo, chief executive officer, Exxaro Resources
Collaboration and cooperation for a safe mining industryArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge that no one could have anticipated. It has had a wide-reaching impact on all industries across the globe, and the South African mining sector is no exception...

Mxolisi Mgojo 27 Oct 2020

New biosecurity initiative to pay dividends to cattle farmers
New biosecurity initiative to pay dividends to cattle farmersArticle

Calls to protect SA's R81bn livestock industry sees launch of first comprehensive, three-tiered animal health and biosecurity initiative...

22 Oct 2020

Scientists around Africa are working at the cutting edge of research and their work is relevant beyond the continent. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images
Quality research in Africa matters more than ever - for the whole worldArticle

We are at a unique moment in history. Two particular, ongoing events stand out. Covid-19 is one. The other is a long-overdue recognition of inequities among people in the US and worldwide...

Thomas Kariuki & Elizabeth Marincola 16 Oct 2020

Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19
Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a threat to global health systems and forced the restructuring of resources for healthcare the world over, including in respect of tuberculosis (TB), HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

12 Oct 2020

Older people in urban informal settlements live in poor socioeconomic conditions. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Combating lifestyle diseases can make a big difference in the lives of older peopleArticle

Noncommunicable diseases account for about 71% of the 57-million deaths reported around the world every year. Most of these deaths are caused by diabetes, cancers, heart disease and lung disease...

Razak M Gyasi 12 Oct 2020

Conditions like HIV, TB, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increase the risk of pulmonary hypertension. Shutterstock
Pulmonary hypertension: why creating awareness is key in AfricaArticle

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that occurs exclusively in the lungs. It is a deadly condition that affects an estimated 75-million people worldwide. Around 80% of them live in low- and middle-income countries...

Gerald J Maarman 9 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates
Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death ratesArticle

As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

Shanon Jensen/AFP via Getty Images
How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South AfricaArticle

In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventions
Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventionsArticle

If there was any doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has clearly revealed that we inhabit a world where people, animals and environments are interconnected and interdependent...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa and Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila 23 Sep 2020

Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?Article

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

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