In a sad twist of fate, Zimbabwean-born Rachael Dangarembizi had to step into the role of mother to her four young siblings at just 16 when HIV/AIDS claimed the lives of her parents. In what felt like the blink of an eye, she was the sole breadwinner and head of the household.
University of Cape Town (UCT) academics Dr Shahieda Adams and Professor Mohamed Jeebhay were part of a team that played an integral role in providing technical medical input to the legal arguments in South Africa’s historic R5-billion settlement for the gold miners who contracted silicosis and/or pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) at work.
Researchers have found that the most-prescribed antimalarial drug is less effective in severely malnourished children than in those that are adequately nourished. The study calls for further research into optimising treatment for undernourished children – who are particularly vulnerable to contracting malaria and dying from the disease.
There’s an insidious condition affecting South African youth, slowly killing people. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in South Africans aged 15 and above is 68% in women and 31% in men. Policy needs a redirect with the youth at the forefront.
Scientists have the power to change our DNA, but should they? University of Cape Town Associate Professor Jantina de Vries is part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recently established Advisory Board for Gene Editing, which will develop a framework for just how far gene editing should reach.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will not tolerate gender-based violence (GBV) and violent sexual crimes on campus, and South Africa should not either. That was Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng’s stern warning to the campus community ahead of a silent protest to condemn the scourge of GBV and rape, held on Friday, 2 August.
Katleho Limakatso recalls the incident clearly. It was August 2012; the physiotherapy student was wrapping up his work in the wards at Wynberg’s Victoria Hospital, almost on his way to catch a bus. Until a man’s sobbing stopped him short.
Working on some of the most important breakthroughs in tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics globally, and testing HIV and TB vaccines, is a vital part of the pioneering work being done at the Khayelitsha-based Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa).
The University of Cape Town’s Professor Bongani Mayosi has left a huge legacy behind a year after his tragic and untimely death. His living work stands as a formidable inheritance. The impact of his person and values are unquestionable.
A group of fourth-year medical students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) did a health promotion project to educate mothers about HIV and the importance of getting tested throughout pregnancy – and beyond – to reduce mother to child HIV transmission