• SAPA conference 2023

    Posted on September 12, 2023

    What are small-for-gestational age (SGA) newborns, and how do they differ from growth-restricted newborns? How do we use the new conceptual framework of 'Small Vulnerable Newborns' (#SVN) from the 2023 Lancet series ( in our clinical practice? Are there any special...

  • Research Centre visit

    Posted on September 06, 2023

    Thank you to our colleagues from FIND who came to visit us today at out Research Centre in Pretoria! Dr Ntombi Sigwebela and Dr. Angela Muriuki - what a fantastic morning we have had, discussing stillbirths, placental insufficiency, Umbiflow and many other important things!

  • COVID-19 and maternal-and-child health care services

    Posted on August 30, 2023

    How severe was the impact of COVID-19 really on the maternal-and-child health care services in South Africa? Was it as bad as we thought? Here is our data from Tshwane, and it certainly had some surprises! Please find the link to the article, which has just been published in the South African...

  • Maternal and Neonatal sepsis

    Posted on August 25, 2023

    A 10-minute near-patient diagnostic test for neonatal sepsis - that would be a game changer, as neonatal sepsis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in our setting. This is such a great collaboration with colleagues from Seroxo Ltd (UK) and ITERATE Design and Innovation Ltd (UK) to...

  • Neonatal outcomes - SDG's

    Posted on August 22, 2023

    It is a privilege to support our neighbouring country towards the SDGs!

  • Mental health symposium 08 Sept 2023

    Posted on August 10, 2023

    Join the JBI Mental Health at Crossroads: Challenges and Solutions from India and South Africa. The event is being organized by the two affiliate groups of JBI from India and South Africa. JBI is a global organisation promoting and supporting evidence-based decisions that improve health and...

  • Research presentation_pedriatric

    Posted on August 04, 2023

    Mothusi's research outlined the poorer growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes in 18-month old infants exposed to placental insufficiency and HIV. He also enjoyed the opportunity to have engaging discussions with fellow researchers and professionals from diverse backgrounds, as well as learning...

  • Immune and metabolic alterations observed in HEU children

    Posted on July 17, 2023

    Two of our PhD students wrote a review article highlighting the immune and metabolic alterations experiences in children who are HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU). The aim of the review was to draw attention to the immune and metabolic alterations observed in these HEU children, and to the impact...

  • SA AIDS 2023 Conference

    Posted on July 03, 2023

    Mrs Andrea Prinsloo, a PhD student from the Department of Immunology recently presented her study on antiretroviral and HIV-exposed-but-uninfected (HEU) infants in collaboration with the Research Centre at the SA AIDS 2023 Conference in June 2023 Durban. The immunological and metabolic changes in...

  • Importance of premature birth

    Posted on July 01, 2023

    BIG reminder about the importance of premature birth, and the fact that we need to make much more progress in this area, as the needle on this has barely moved. Thank you Priya Soma-Pillay and Dilly Anumba for this piece, and the important work you and your colleagues do in this field! #preterm...

  • Nutrition and growth - Healthcare working together

    Posted on June 27, 2023

    Nutrition and growth in the First 1000 Days set the stage for lifelong health. Healthcare providers need to work together to ensure continuity of care and optimal outcomes – midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, dietitians and primary healthcare providers, it’s time to step outside...

  • Placental insufficiency

    Posted on June 12, 2023

    In utero HIV exposure with placental insufficiency increases risk of stunting in 18-month old infants Mothusi Nyofane, a PhD candidate worked on the UmbiGodisa study, a research project at our Centre looking at the infant anthropometrical outcomes at 18 months according to HIV-exposure and...

  • World Physiotherapy Conference

    Posted on June 05, 2023

    Our Research Centre is a group of clinicians, academics and researchers who form a multidisciplinary team from the fields of obstetrics, paediatrics, nutrition, immunology and physiotherapy. Today Marna Nel, a physiotherapist, presented at the World Physiotherapy Conference in Dubai on an infant...

  • Adolescent Health - 09 June 2023

    Posted on June 02, 2023

    Join the JBI gLOCAL solution room on *Adolescent Health* - a collaborative session hosted from South Africa and India. Let us share about joint challenges in adolescent health issues in our different contexts. Date: 9 June 2023 from 10h00 - 13h30 (South African Standard Time) Registration link:...

  • JBI gLocal Solution Room

    Posted on May 15, 2023

    The JBI gLocal Solution Room is a free, week-long global event which aims to provide pragmatic solutions to challenges in getting evidence into practice in local settings. During 5 - 11 June 2023, a series of dynamic and interactive, locally-held events (Solution Rooms) in various countries...

  • “The science of breastmilk”

    Posted on May 11, 2023

    The Lancet journal is publishing a series of articles on the formula industry and how it frequently exploits the concerns of mothers who are led to believe that breastmilk substitutes are equivalent to breastmilk. Spotlight, an online news source with an interest in public health, recently...

  • Born too soon: decade of action

    Posted on May 11, 2023

    Prof Priya Soma-Pillay was a contributor to this new and very import resource on pre-term birth: Born too soon: decade of action. The report outlines the fact that 1 in 10 babies are born pre-term and this has not improved in the last decade in any region of the world and prematurity is the...

  • IMNHC2023

    Posted on May 09, 2023

    IMNHC2023 - as part of the country delegation at the South African stand - collectively we will reduce Maternal, Fetal and Newborn mortality!

  • International Maternal Newborn Health Conference

    Posted on May 08, 2023

    Our Research Centre Director is at the International Maternal Newborn Health Conference, which is taking place in Cape Town this week ( Our work on stillbirth prevention and fetal growth restriction using the Umbiflow, a hand-held low-cost device which can be used at primary...

  • Prebic Global Meeting (conference on preterm birth), in Dubrovnik, Croatia from April 24-26, 2023

    Posted on May 04, 2023

    Prof Priya Soma-Pillay and Dr Louisa Seopela attended the Prebic Global Meeting (conference on preterm birth), in Dubrovnik, Croatia from April 24-26, 2023. Prof Soma-Pillay gave a presentation on "Single embryo transfer - the power of one".

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