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  • Maternal characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of hospitalized pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection in South Africa: An International Network of Obstetric Survey Systems-based cohort study

    Posted on May 16, 2022

    Dr Valerie Vannevel, Prof Priya Soma-Pillay and several authors co-wrote an article on the Maternal characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of hospitalized pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection in South Africa: An International Network of Obstetric Survey Systems-based cohort study

  • How South Africa is integrating COVID into routine care for mothers and babies

    Posted on May 11, 2022

    Pregnant women are not at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. But data show they are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease. This is especially the case in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy, and this is still the case two years into the pandemic. In South Africa, this risk...

  • Pandemic wipes out a decade of improvement in maternal health in SA

    Posted on May 04, 2022

    The COVID-19 epidemic has had a severe effect on maternal and perinatal mortality in South Africa, according to the SA Health Review of 2021, released last week. Maternal deaths increased by 40%, stillbirths by10% in stillbirths and perinatal mortality by 8%. There was a 28% increase in the...

  • UP COPC Research Unit COVID-19 Vaccination Day

    Posted on April 06, 2022

    The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Research Unit lead the vaccination of its staff members against COVID-19 on the Kalafong Hospital premises.

  • UP researchers use low-cost device to detect foetal growth restriction

    Posted on April 04, 2022

    Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have shown that a low-cost, easy-to-use screening device can detect foetal growth restriction in pregnant women, which, if not diagnosed, can lead to stillbirth, neonatal death or suboptimal childhood growth.

  • World TB Day 2022

    Posted on March 24, 2022

    Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

  • World Cancer Day: closing the care gap

    Posted on February 04, 2022

    World Cancer Day is an international day marked on 4 February to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008....

  • Inaugural Address of Prof Priya Soma-Pillay

    Posted on November 04, 2021

    In case you missed the Inaugural Address of Prof Priya Soma-Pillay from the Faculty of Health Sciences titled: “Survive, Thrive, Transform—strategies to reduce preventable maternal and perinatal morbidity and death” that took place from 18:00 - 19:00. The Inaugural Address was...

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