Prof English set to play key role in Global Health
Prof René English has been elected as a member of the Subcommittee on Masters and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health (SMUDGH) of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
"SMUDGH forms part of CUGH's Education Committee. This subcommittee analyses trends and innovations in curricula design, teaching and experiential learning for undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programmes in global health. A key part of its activities is to assist universities to design and implement good quality undergraduate and postgraduate global health programmes," explains English. Read More
of HIV-positive mothers under microscope
The Boland town of Worcester is perhaps best known for its scenic mountain ranges and sprawling winelands. It may soon also become known as a site of pioneering and internationally renowned medical research.
This is where Amy Slogrove, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), and her team are conducting research on children born to mothers with HIV.
“We first recognised 10 children with severe infections like one would expect in children infected with HIV,” she explains. “But they were tested multiple times and found to be HIV-uninfected.”
Slogrove, who is based at the Worcester campus and also does work in the FMHS’ Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, first started researching this field while undergoing paediatric registrar training at Tygerberg Hospital.
‘University with a conscience’ demonstrates commitment to inclusivity
When Stellenbosch University (SU) declared 2020 the Year for Persons with Disability, it was a reminder of its intention to be a university with a conscience, says Prof Gubela Mji, Director of the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (CDRS).
“It also brought attention to disability issues at SU and built on the work it had started doing to create an inclusive university society,” adds Mji.
SU immediately demonstrated its commitment to the declaration at the beginning of the year. “When Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel welcomed the first year students, he mentioned – for the first time – the University’s commitment to inclusivity and to making students from vulnerable groups, such as students with disabilities, feel welcome,” Mji notes.
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.
Over the past few weeks staff in the Department has been responding to the pandemic in many different ways.
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.