• Kangaroo mother care: free resources

    Posted on June 12, 2024

    Kangaroo mother care: free resources available on our website Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a proven high-impact, cost-effective, and life-saving intervention which improves the outcomes of preterm and low-birthweight newborns. Researchers from our Research Centre have been involved in...

  • Novel point-of-care test to identify neonatal sepsis

    Posted on March 12, 2024

    Our Research Centre is involved in an exciting pilot study which could be ground-breaking for early diagnosis of neonatal sepsis using a point-of-care test which can be administered by health workers in the ward setting. Sepsis is one of the leading causes of neonatal mortality and rapid early...

  • Metabolic alterations in mothers living with HIV and their HIV-exposed, uninfected infants.

    Posted on February 28, 2024

    We are delighted to share groundbreaking insights from the latest article published by lead author Louise du Toit, a PhD student whose research with mothers and infants enrolled in the Siyakhula Study was carried out at our Research Centre. The study sheds light on metabolic alterations in...

  • Eswatini benchmarking visit

    Posted on February 23, 2024

    Our Research Centre had the privilege of hosting a team of doctors, nurses and health programme managers from Eswatini this week for a benchmarking visit to improve neonatal outcomes in their country. During their time with us, we exchanged on best neonatal practices in our settings, and the team...

  • Assisting Eswatini - strengthen Neonatal Care

    Posted on February 20, 2024

    Assisting our neighbouring country to improve their neonatal outcomes! Currently we have our Eswatini colleagues here in Pretoria for a benchmarking visit. #SDG #neonatalcare #kmc #eswatini #southafrica Khomotso Masemola Ute Feucht Theunis Avenant Carin Maree mercy ndacayisaba Anne-Marie...

  • Childhood stunting

    Posted on February 14, 2024

    Insights into childhood stunting from South African research. Childhood stunting is a major public health problem in South Africa. PhD student Sanja Nel, affiliated with our Research Centre, showed that being born preterm and small-for-gestational age (SGA) significantly increases the...

  • 18th International Congress of Immunology, Cape Town

    Posted on December 08, 2023

    Mrs Andrea Prinsloo, a PhD student from the Department of Immunology at University of Pretoria presented her research last week at the 18th International Congress of Immunology in Cape Town. The research formed part of the Siyakhula Study, which was carried out at our Research Centre, and is...

  • 14th South African Child Health Priorities Association Conference

    Posted on December 05, 2023

    The 14th South African Child Health Priorities Association Conference kicked off this morning and our Research Centre Director Professor Ute Feucht facilitated some very important discussions around whether South Africa is on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to mothers,...

  • 5th International Developmental Pediatrics Association (IDPA) congress 2023

    Posted on December 04, 2023

    At the 5th International Developmental Pediatrics Association (IDPA) congress 2023 in Johannesburg Mr Mothusi Nyofane, PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, presented our findings on neurodevelopmental outcomes of children exposed to maternal HIV infection and placental insufficiency....

  • Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Conference

    Posted on November 12, 2023

    Dr Michael Christie, who is affiliated with our Research Centre, presented a Poster at the recent Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Conference, which described the implementation of the updated South African paediatric HIV guidelines across Tshwane District during the COVID-19 pandemic,...


    Posted on September 30, 2023

    Marna Nel received an unexpected trophy for her Research Poster The poster was presented at the Tshwane District Health Research Conference 28-29 September 2023 "Thank you for this...I am honoured to be part of this Health District!"

  • 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...

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