The father of the nation, former president Nelson Mandela, once described South Africa’s fight for liberation as “the titanic effort” that helped to ensure the “liberation of Africa”. As the continent observes Africa Month in May, and Africa Day on 25 May, Africans across the spectrum will mark this long battle for freedom, not just for South Africa, but for all of Africa.
The exorbitant costs of cancer drugs make it difficult for public and private health care systems to provide the latest treatments to patients. If this trend continues it will become increasingly difficult for patients to access basic cancer treatment, let alone the new generation of immunotherapy drugs.
With a growing disease burden, economic volatility and the potential of people living past 200 years of age, there is no doubt that global healthcare is entering uncharted territory. A new initiative by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa’s healthcare system by coming up with innovative solutions to some of the deeply-entrenched systemic problems.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The code, which is directed at all research disciplines from bioscience to zoology, emphasises close collaboration between partners in the global north and south through all stages of research. It was developed over the past four years by TRUST, a collaborative EU-funded project, with UCT as a key partner.
Professor Gary Maartens is both head of clinical pharmacology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a chief specialist physician at Groote Schuur Hospital. Earlier this year, South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) recognised his contribution to the field by awarding him an A rating.
Established in 2001, the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) was presented with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2018 Social Responsiveness Award at the Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony on Saturday, 13 April.
A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has revealed that one of South Africa’s most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women’s chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB).
The Gugulethu Sports Complex was a hive of activity yesterday as community members streamed in to participate in a fair with a difference – a first-of-its-kind Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by the people for the people.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death, globally. The World Health organisation’s (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report released last year, estimates that in 2017, TB caused 1.3 million deaths among HIV-negative people, and there were an additional 300 000 deaths from TB among HIV-positive people.
For World TB Day 2019 (24 March 2019) the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) team tackled the World TB Day Three Peaks Challenge which entailed ascending up Devils Peak, Platteklip Gorge and Lions Head in one day, in a bid to raise awareness about Tuberculosis.