All Posts by PatienceM

Identifying the genetic risk factors of kidney disease

African Research on Kidney Disease (ARK) is a research collaboration focused on understanding kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa, with study sites in Malawi, Uganda, and South Africa.   ARK’s multi-centre research consortium includes researchers from all three countries, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), and most recently, Variant Bio

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Wits University Covid-19 Heroes, Dr Bianca Moffett and Dr Jacques du Toit

Hearty congratulations to Dr Bianca Moffett and Dr Jacques du Toit for well-deserved recognition as Wits University Covid-19 Heroes!   This acknowledgement recognised their efforts with Hlayisekani and other Covid-19 readiness and outreach programmes to protect the rural communities of Bushbuckridge, in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Read about Bianca and Jacques’

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Breaking news – Pedzisai Ndagurwa got his PhD

Dr Pedzisai Ndagurwa was conferred his PhD in person at Wits on Monday the 14th December.  This was the only in person graduation at Wits this year.  Dr Ngadurwa, who runs our SAPRIN annual updates, obtained his PhD through the Department of Demography and Population Studies at Wits University, the

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CARTA @ 10 Scientific Conference

CARTA fellows and graduates will come together in a virtual Scientific Conference scheduled for 03-04 December 2020 to present and discuss their research work. The audience will have a chance to hear about the presenters’ work in health systems and non-communicable diseases, ageing, sexual and reproductive health rights, infectious diseases,

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Awards

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently announced Kathleen Kahn as a recipient of the 2020 Alumni Award of Merit. Kathy, who received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard in 1988, was recognized for her outstanding career and contributions in public health in South Africa and abroad

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SAPRIN WINS NSTF-SOUTH32 ‘DATA FOR RESEARCH’ AWARD

The South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) has won the prestigious 2019/2020 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) ‘Data for Research’ Award. SAPRIN Director Dr Kobus Herbst, from Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), and co-Director Professor Mark Collinson, from the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit

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PROTECTING THE RURAL FRONTLINE

When South Africa’s strict lockdown began on 27 March 2020, COVID-19 had reached nearly every country and the world faced a shortage of personal protective equipment. Netcare 911 issued a call to the 3D printing community to produce head rings for face shields used by the healthcare sector. A cross

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MANDELA DAY 2020

Given the need for adhering to COVID-19 regulations, the indunas in our villages are having to ensure that people have access to sanitizer and hand washing facilities at funerals. Public Engagement Officer, Simon Khoza, decided that a meaningful contribution for Mandela Day would be to provide the induna of each

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DR ARMSTRONG DZOMBA GETS HIS PhD – HALALA

  Dr Armstrong Dzomba, one of the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit’s current post-doctoral fellows, obtained his PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on his thesis “The effects of mobility on HIV risk acquisition in South Africa.” His published findings have described the effect of ART scale-up and female migration intensity on

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