News & Publications
HIV- babies of HIV+ mothers: major health challenges
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 14:45

One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV. This was achieved through the provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. For example, the number of new HIV infections in children in South Africa has come down from a peak of 70 000 in 2003 to 13 000 in 2017.

UCT & WCG (Health) - Vredenburg Hospital Open Day
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 15:15

The Faculty of Health Sciences, under leadership of the Primary Health Care Directorate, and in collaboration with the WCG - Saldanha Bay Health Sub-district, hosted an Open Day at the Vredenburg Hospital on 26 July 2018. This was the second year that this event was held to showcase Health Science professions to G11 and G12 learners in the area.

"A world of false promises" Challenges facing global occupational health
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 12:00

Jo Ladou, Leslie London and Andrew Watterson recently published a timely commentary on the challenges facing global occupational health, provocatively titled “A world of false promises.” 

Storehouses of institutional memory
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 - 14:30

This year’s 134 long-service awardees for 15, 25, 35 and 45 years have a collective 2 460 years of service and represent a storehouse of institutional memory. Leading the pack with 45 years is Robert Samuels, a senior laboratory assistant in the Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences.

Children, Families and the State: Collaboration and Contestation
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 - 14:00

Over 6 million children in South Africa still live below the food poverty line. This means that their families cannot even provide the minimum amount of nutrition needed to survive and thrive. This is just one of the many challenges faced by families in SA.

PredART trial publication
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 - 09:00

The results of the PredART trial have been published  in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from UCT and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium) have shown that a four-week course of moderate dose prednisone reduced the risk of tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS) by 30% in HIV-positive patients.

Infectious diseases treatment breakthrough
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 - 08:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists have offered the first hope of addressing the risk of tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS), which is common among HIV-positive patients also taking anti-tuberculosis medication.

World Health Ranking Honour for UCT
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 14:00

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked 72nd in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings by subject.

Umthombo: UCT’s research magazine
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 09:45

Welcome to Umthumbo, a magazine featuring research stories from across the university.

Protecting young South African women from STIs
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 - 08:15

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is working on an encouraging new programme designed to help reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, among girls and young women.

Rogue Hormone Meets its Match
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 - 09:45

It’s a baffling and avoidable heart condition that until now has gone mostly undiagnosed because it’s detected too late. Peripartum cardiomyopathy, triggered by a hormone that’s released when breastfeeding starts, affects as many as one in a thousand young mothers and 25% of them will die – unnecessarily. Carte Blanche tells the story of pioneering medical research by Groote Schuur doctors who have discovered a simple and inexpensive treatment.


Acclaim for UCT’s healthcare ʻbible’
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 - 10:15

The conference centre at the SA Medical Research Council (MRC) erupted into cheers and applause on 26 October as colourful balloons were released into the hall to celebrate the official launch of the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK).