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Increase of 30% in maternal deaths reported during Covid-19 lockdown

Daily Maverick

Posted Mar 9, 2021

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Rising Sun (Mid South Coast)  -  p.14  -  16 Feb 2021
AVE: R 12 067.02  -  Circ: 18 000
COVID19 linked to increase in infant and maternal deaths


Posted Feb 18, 2021



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Print Allocation: South African Breastmilk Reserve
Helderberg Gazette  -  p.2  -  16 Feb 2021
AVE: R 8 111.40  -  Circ: 31 450
Quality maternity and neonatal care in a time of Covid-19

Posted Feb 18, 2021


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Print Allocation: South African Breastmilk Reserve
Rekord (Nigel/Heidelberg)  -  p.7  -  9 Feb 2021
AVE: R 11 321.38  -  Circ: 8 000

Posted Feb 18, 2021


Sanja Nel won an Anton & Huberte Rupert Scholarship.

Sanja registered for a PhD in Dietetics in 2020.  Topic “Conceptualisation and validation of a computer-based screening algorithm to detect growth faltering in young children”


Posted Dec 4, 2020


Locally made ultrasound device helping to reduce perinatal deaths


Posted Nov 22, 2020

South Africa’s low-cost doppler ultrasound is reducing stillbirths and improving primary health care services 


Posted Nov 5, 2020

Dr Tsakane Hlongwane is a Tuks Young Researcher Leader Programme fellow (TYRLP) and has received a SAMA supplementary scholarship for her PhD.


Umbiflow in SA - Dr TMAG Hlongwane:  Completed recruitment of more than 7,000 patients in South Africa.  Her abstract was accepted for presentation at the Figo Conference 2020 in Kigali. 


Posted Oct 31, 2020

Please see

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Feucht U. - South Africa needs a plan to protect children’s health beyond COVID-19.

Article in The Conversation Africa. Published 27 August 2020.

Feucht U, Wessels J. - South Africa steps up its game to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Article in The Conversation Africa. Published 6 January 2020. 


2 articles posted by Prof Feucht


Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Siyakhula - Our first patient that competed the Siyakhula Study (for confidentiality the names are being withheld) Patient X with her 2-year-old son


Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Prof Robert Pattinson
Professor Robert Pattinson has been the Director of the SAMRC/University of Pretoria Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit since 1998. This is one of the oldest Extramural Research Units of the South African Medical Research Council. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Pretoria where he previously served as Clinical Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He serves on the National Committee for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths for which he edits all the reports and served on the National Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee in South Africa. As a qualified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Prof Pattinson has a strong research focus in areas of maternal, fetal and infant health. He led the team that developed and scaled-up the Essential Steps into Obstetric Emergencies programme - the programme has been scaled-up into all districts in South Africa. Pattinson is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); winner of the Discovery Health Excellence Award and a Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Prof Pattinson attributes most of his professional growth to the SAMRC – his association with the organisation dates back to 1987, when he first received the SAMRC Post Graduate Bursary which he says was a defining moment for his career.

Posted on Nov 13, 2019

Faculty day

The main purpose of the Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Day is to give researchers, post- and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research findings to the Faculty. Research is presented in the form of poster exhibitions and oral and poster presentations. The theme of Faculty Day is: "Research, Innovation and Education towards better health". The intention is to generate debate amongst a broad range of students and academics about issues of development towards better health for all. The focus of Faculty Day will be on how research within in the Faculty supports progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more information on the goals (and sub-goals) visit

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Siyakhula Collaborative workshop

The first Siyakhula Collaborative Workshop was held on 15-16 November 2018 at Kalafong Hospital. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a group of multidisciplinary health scientists, clinicians, public health stakeholders, and people with lived experience to build capacity for research and training in HIV-infection and women’s and infants’ health across geographical and disciplinary boundaries. Read more

Posted on May 17, 2019

Prof Ute Feucht is invited to the 11th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics, on 19 and 20 July 2019, in Mexico, Mexico City.

Prof Ute Feucht is invited to the 11th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics, on 19 and 20 July 2019, in Mexico, Mexico City. The Pediatrics Workshop is the only international platform entirely devoted to research in the prevention and treatment of HIV in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant/ lactating women, making it the premier forum for the world's leading researchers in this area. As in previous years, it will be held preceding the International AIDS Conference. The Pediatrics workshop will bring together 200-300 global experts, including researchers, clinicians and program implementers, caring for young patients living with HIV.

Posted on February 1, 2019

The Midrand Reporter covered the MSD for Mothers (Clever Maternity Care): 

 Work Clever to eliminate maternal deaths

The MSD for Mothers established a 10-year global initiative to create a world where no woman dies while giving birth. The programme in partnership with the National Department of Health aims to decrease and eventually eliminate maternal mortality. Read more

Posted on January 25, 2019

Perinatal Priorities 2019 

registration will be open from late September onwards.

Posted on August 23, 2018

Dr. Ute Feucht awarded CIPHER research grant

Her work will assess the factors that impact fetal and infant immunity and growth in HIV- and antiretroviral-exposed uninfected children in South Africa

CIPHER annual report 2017 (PDF)

Posted on July 26, 2018

UP launches new Centre for mother and child health from audits to action: UP data is saving moms and babies 

Posted on July 20, 2018

UP joins the fight against maternal and neonatal sepsis

The Centre For Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care at the University of Pretoria has announced that it will join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Initiative, which aims to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths related to sepsis by participating in the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS). Read more

Posted on November 28, 2017

Committed to improving maternal and child health in South Africa

Prof Robert Pattinson started his career in medicine working in a mission hospital in KwaZulu-Natal in the late 1970s. The doctor in charge was an old man suffering from Parkinson's disease. Despite his illness, this doctor served the community in a significant and selfless way. This commitment to improving the lives of poor South Africans inspired Pattinson so much that he decided never to ask people for money for medical services, eliminating any possibility of a comfortable life in private practice. Pattinson was particularly drawn to the medical field of obstetrics and gynaecology as it was in this field that he felt he could make a significant difference. Read more

Posted on October 4, 2017

Prof Pattinson receives a prestigious award from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns

Prof Robert Pattinson, Director of the South African Medical Research Council's Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been awarded the Havenga Prize for Medicine by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. The Havenga Prize is awarded annually for original research in the field of natural sciences and/or in a technical field. Read more

Posted on July 28, 2016


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