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Living School Garden breaking new ground School Garden breaking new ground
‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students
Entrepreneurship project gives young people new hope project gives young people new hope
Financial Literacy Project aims to inform and empower Literacy Project aims to inform and empower



The Amanzi Yimpilo project Amanzi Yimpilo project




SU facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum2019-10-26T10:00:00Z
MGD Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting 2019-09-26T16:30:00Z
2019 Social Impact Symposium Social Impact Symposium2019-09-06T06:30:00Z



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Latest InitiativesView all Initiatives​​​​ of an indoor radon survey for the South African West Coast Peninsula and MpumalangaRadon is a radioactive, colourless, odourless and tasteless noble gas. It occurs naturally in minute quantities as an intermediate step in the normal radioactive decay chains of thorium and uranium, and is the immediate decay product of radium. Under normal conditions radon is gaseous and easily inhaled. This gas is considered a health hazard due to the dose delivered to the lung tissue by the alpha (α) particles emitted during its decay. As a result, radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 3 and 14 % of lung cancers are attributable to radon and its progeny. It is often the single largest contributor to an individual's background radiation dose, but due to local differences in geology, the level of the radon-gas hazard differs from location to location. Due to its high density, it also tends to accumulate in low areas such as basements and crawl spaces. Other factors contributing to the radon levels inside dwellings are the underlying soil, geology, building materials and building construction. It is thus of interest to have national data on radon levels, not only to inform but also to mitigate high levels by improving ventilation. Numerous countries have embarked on national indoor radon surveys. In 2018 the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of South Africa initiated a project to design a national indoor radon survey for the country. As part of this project we are actively measuring the concentration of radon in open and public spaces, homes and schools in the West Coast Peninsula of South Africa.1306 Infrastructure of the Medical 3D Printing Lab at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic​The Orthopaedic Medical 3D Printing Lab was founded in 2018 with the aim of improving the planning and execution of complex orthopaedic surgical procedures as well as improving registrar training. Our printer was bought 2 years ago with a FMHS equipment grant. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, our division has repurposed the Medical 3D Printing Lab for rapid design and production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other consumables to aid the response to the crisis.3D Printing allows for the rapid production of much needed equipment while traditional bulk manufacturing technologies have time to catch-up, and also allows us to rapidly adapt to specific needs of healthcare personnel in high pressure situations. Partnering with the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic engineering, Student Volunteer Groups (WeFightBackCOVID), several community volunteers, industry partners and the management and occupational health teams at Tygerberg Hospital, we have initiated several projects to rapidly produce PPE for health care workers on the frontline. These include Face Shields based on an open source design, hands free door openers and consumables for video-laryngoscopes in the emergency department.1260 123 of TB (TB-123)This project will engage with the Upington (Northern Cape province) community, specifically individuals attending tuberculosis (TB) clinics, in order to improve general TB knowledge and awareness.  The TB Host Genetics group in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics has an ongoing study in the Northern Cape involving genetic susceptibility to TB. Our group has been involved in genetics research in the Northern Cape since 2009, having made several trips to provide feedback on our research, and build on community participation and collaboration. Initially the study was only focused on population genetics, but we noticed an exceptionally high TB incidence in the area and therefore expanded the work to also collect DNA from people attending TB clinics in the greater Upington area. ​Our overall aim is to improve general TB knowledge and awareness of the Upington community, specifically individuals attending TB clinics in Upington, in order to prevent spread of disease. We will accomplish this by:An interactive exhibition at our offices in Upington (Day 1). The building is in the centre of town and easily visible from the street, so any activity will draw attention. The exhibition will be based on the successful initiative “TB under the Spotlight" that was developed by our division in 2019. We will invite learners from school to attend on this day.Hosting the exhibition at TB clinics in and around Upington (Day 2-5). Our study nurse will distribute flyers about the event at the respective community clinics. We will arrange transport for individuals interested in attending on the day of the event. This will highlight the important role of science and research in the battle against TB and will foster a positive perception of TB research in the community.​1255 Community Health ProgrammeIs centered on 'upliftment through knowledge and movement' and is inclusive of the entire life-span. In addition, the goal of the programme is: to encourage, educate and 'champion' both adult and child populations residing in medium to low social economic areas as to the benefits and ways to lead a healthy, active and safe lifestyle.1219 community care during the COVID-19 outbreak in Worcester, Breede Valley sub-district​ The Breede Valley sub-district faces a high burden of patients with chronic diseases of lifestyle as well as infectious diseases, many of these patients live in close quarters with limited access to resources as a result of lockdown. Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has become part of the health care system and has established a good working relationship with Cape Winelands District Health over the last 11 years. Considering this relationship and previous commitment to the Worcester community, Ukwanda CRH has a social responsibility, which we take very seriously. The initiative presented below is aligned with the Stellenbosch University strategy on Social Impact by providing an opportunity for both transformative learning and active citizenship in a community with whom the FMHS and the University have had a long standing relationship, which begs the need for responsive social responsibility. The main focus of this initiative is active, responsible and critical citizenship of students and staff in the local Worcester community to help address priority health concerns of the National and Provincial Department of Health. This can be done by collaboratively working with the Breede valley sub-district, Cape Winelands District Health (CWDH), to ensure patients known to Ukwanda with chronic diseases, and their families, are followed up in their homes and discussed interprofessionally during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure optimal access to care.Below of the objectives of this projectFirstly connect and plan with CWDH, Boland Hospice and other stakeholders where necessary (getting proper input, buy-in and permission to proceed)Identify patients in the Worcester area who are known to Ukwanda using existing databases and develop a working database of patients known in the community with ongoing care needsContact patient telephonically and where necessary conduct a home visit to assist with health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, Assess and evaluate the patient and family health status – include Landrum outcome levelsIf on a home visit - do appropriate assessments for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, respiratory disease, malnutrition,  etc.determine medication availability and adherence, food security and accessibility of COVID-19 grantsCOVID-19 screening could be included depending on the plans for CWDH (Case tracing – obtaining clinical information and assessing risk)Collaboratively discuss further management based on patient centered care with interprofessional team – this can be done via teleconferencing with the team after the call with the patient and / or home visit.Refer where necessary to ensure adequate health care including access to medication, food and social grants.1265 WorkshopThe Ex-Cell workshop is a pilot Stellenbosch University-prison partnership – the first of its kind in South Africa. Its aim is to rehumanise learning by focusing on learning's social, ubuntu-focused dimensions – collaboration, community-building and connectedness. This pilot workshop has a theme of empowering participants to be better prepared for the business world. The educational component pilot project entails SU lecturers and incarcerated participants learning with and from each other through dialogue and the sharing of experience. SU is partnering with the Drakenstein Prison near Paarl.Given the current downturn in the economy, with record unemployment rates, which are set to worsen with the effect of COVID-19, this workshop is a capacity building workshop exposing participants to the ideas of creating their own businesses and/or potentially looking for employment. Parolees often struggle more than the general population to find employment due to their criminal history counting against them. This workshop, therefore, aims to upskill and create awareness of the situation as well as provide hope and linkage of opportunity and skills to participants.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first workshop is currently expected to take place in June 2021.The Ex-Cell workshop outcomes are as follows: it aims to enable students to:· communicate effectively within the course context.· engage creatively with the course material with the aim of solving real-life problems.· function effectively as a member of a culturally diverse team.· take and maintain a point of view with respect to the various disciplines, as well as in relation to the interaction between disciplines, with due respect for the diversity of ideas.· reflect on their own learning and attitude to learning, and demonstrate learning growth/progression; and· have an increased commitment to the active promotion of social justice.1251

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