AfriNEAD addressing lack of research about disability in Africa
The Stellenbosch University (SU) Year for Persons with Disability has culminated in the sixth African Network for Evidence-to- Action in Disability (AfriNEAD) conference, a prestigious international network event that is hosted by SU this week.
The two-day virtual conference, themed “Disability Unplugged: Beyond Charters and Conventions: What really matters to persons with disabilities in Africa", offers keynote speakers, research evidence and roundtable discussions involving academics, governments officials and civil society representatives.
Ned strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities
Dr Lieketseng Ned, a researcher in the Department of Global Health, was recently appointed as the country representative for South Africa for the Community-Based Rehabilitation Africa Network.
This is the latest in a number of key achievements by the 31-year-old academic, who lectures in the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies (CRS) at Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). She convenes the CRS' postgraduate diploma programme and has published book chapters and articles in a number of journals. In 2018, aged 29, she was the youngest person in the department to complete her PhD.
Last year, she was featured as one of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans to watch and is also the deputy chair for the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre facility board.
Public health expert measures up Western Cape’s Covid-19 response
Prof Hassan Mohamed gives talk on COVID-19 at Annual Academic Year day
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stern reminder of the serious need to address the underlying vulnerabilities within South African society that are responsible for an inequitable distribution of diseases.
This was the view put forward by Professor Hassan Mahomed, a public health specialist working in the Western Cape Government, who is also affiliated with the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).
Dietetics students learn while making a difference in the community
Dietetics student hand out food parcels and teach valuable gardening skills during clinical rotation
Packing food parcels, developing recipes for nutritious immune-boosting soups and teaching schoolchildren basic gardening skills.
These were just a few of the activities in which final-year dietetics students from the Division of Human Nutrition took part recently as part of their Ukwanda rural rotation, which requires them to do work in rural communities.
New centre focuses on access to safe, affordable care
Prof Kathryn Chu, recently appointed as professor of global surgery at the newly formed Department of Global Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), has a heart for improving surgical care.
Prof English initiates conversation about 4th industrial revolution
“It’s a call to future-proof public health. To ask what we as a public-health community are doing about the fourth industrial revolution,” says Prof René English, Head of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU).
Public health researchers focus on health across the whole life span
Researchers of the Institute for Life Course Health Research (ILCHR) in the Department of Global Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences envisage a society where children thrive rather than simply survive.
A more egalitarian society has always been his vision
The poet Robert Frost memorably describes the two roads everyone encounters during the journey of life in “The Road Not Taken”. Stellenbosch University (SU) Emeritus Professor Usuf Chikte, who recently retired, is unlikely to feel any regret about which road he chose.
Doctoral Graduates - March 2020
Dr Andre N.H. Bulabula, MD, MScClinEpi, PhD
PhD (Public Health) dissertation: Determinants of maternal colonization with multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.
Ms Lynette Carmen Daniels
PhD (Nutritional Sciences) dissertation : Support for exclusive breastfeeding in the workplace: Development of a practice model for designated workplaces in the Breede Valley sub-district, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Prof Lilian Dudley
PhD (Public Health) dissertation : Health systems research to assess and improve continuity of care for Tuberculosis patients discharged from hospitals to primary health care services in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Drastic action is needed to ensure a better future for South Africa’s children
An article by Prof Mark Tomlinson (The Institute for Life Course Health Research) and colleagues was published in The Conversation.
Link available at The Conversation.
Doctoral Candidates Graduate in December 2019
PhD candidates, Chinwe Iwu and Abdu Adamu with their supervisor, Prof Charles Wiysonge at the December 2019 graduation ceremony.
Cipher Grant awarded to Dr Skeen
Dr Sarah Skeen was awarded a grant by the International AIDS Society (IAS) for her application to the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme for the research project entitled “Khwezi Lokusa (Early Morning Star) Project: Integrating an evidence-based intervention component to promote HIV testing of young children into community-based parenting programmes" for the amount of US$ 150'000.
As Dr Skeen was on maternity leave at the time of the conference, her colleague Dr Stewart accepted the award on her behalf.
The Khwezi Lokusa Project aims to adapt an existing intervention component to improve HIV testing rates of young children, delivered through community-based group parenting interventions, for use in South African settings.
Should this study achieve its aims, it will produce an adapted intervention component that will improve rates of HIV testing and treatment among children, deliverable in LMIC contexts, for the improvement of child health and development outcomes for children affected by HIV.
Making Adolescent Mental Health a Priority
Dr Jackie Stewart conducted training workshop for UNICEF as part of the Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT) project, which is a multi-country initiative to support the development of guidelines on mental health promotion and preventive interventions for adolescents as well as a package addressing inter-personal violence, mental health, substance abuse, SRH as well as identified local priorities.
With support from UNICEF and technical support of Dr Jackie Stewart, the MOH arranged workshop and training of local facilitators on the concept and strategies to be used for the qualitative research through focus group discussions with adolescents. The other countries participating in the HAT project are South Africa, Argentina, Nepal, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.
Dr Stewart can be seen in the Youtube interview below providing her expertise.
"Adolescent Mental Health - Being supportive to a friend"