OUTsurance donates 20 000 items of COVID-19 personal protective equipment to UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences
Posted on May 19, 2020
UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences received a generous donation of 20 000 COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) from OUTsurance to help keep health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UP medical researchers call for substance use screening and harm-reduction treatment for hospital patients
Posted on May 18, 2020
A study by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP) has found that a significant proportion of hospital inpatients in Tshwane use regulated and unregulated substances including tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and heroin (known locally as nyaope).
World AIDS Vaccine Day: Despite the undeniable success of antiretroviral therapy, HIV continues to wreak havoc
Posted on May 18, 2020
Despite the undeniable success of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in improving the lives and life expectancy of people living with HIV, the virus continues to wreak havoc in our population. While new infections have gone down from a peak of 16,000 infections per day in 1997 to just over 4,500 per...
ANALYSIS: Lockdowns and research – what we lost and what we stand to gain
Posted on May 13, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic – and the resulting lockdowns – have had a major impact on research at institutions across the world, and universities in particular.
Final Year Clinical Medical Students Return to Campus
Posted on May 12, 2020
The Faculty of Health Sciences welcomed back 454 final year medical students on 11 May 2020 following the directive given on 30 April 2020 by the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande. The safety of staff members and students remains a priority for the University, and this is why the...
International Nurses Day: Nurses continue to hold the front line in the fight for global health, says UP Nursing Professor
Posted on May 12, 2020
As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems prescient that, in early 2019, the World Health Organization declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
UP academic develops animated video series for COVID-19 awareness campaign
Posted on May 07, 2020
An academic from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP) has developed a series of animated videos that aim to educate the public about COVID-19, which has infected more than 3,5 million people globally and claimed the lives of more than 247 000.
UP welcomes donation of 600 tablet devices from Aspen Pharmacare for students’ online learning
Posted on May 06, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences received a donation of 600 tablet devices valued at R2.4 million from Aspen Pharmacare to facilitate access to online resources for needy students. The donation will ensure that students will have access to their course material,...
Coping with Asthma in the Midst of COVID-19
Posted on May 05, 2020
At this time, there is limited data on the effects of this coronavirus in individuals with asthma. Three studies of cases demonstrated no link to asthma. However, the disease may well evolve to infect asthmatics and produce more severe disease as with other viruses such as other coronaviruses and...
UP Lecturer overcomes mastectomy, hysterectomy and loss to receive master’s with distinction
Posted on May 04, 2020
University of Pretoria (UP) dentistry lecturer Dr Samantha Arnold is one of 11 000 students who were recently awarded their qualifications in absentia during a virtual ceremony necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Dean's Message: Workers Day
Posted on April 30, 2020
Today as we commemorate Workers Day I would like to take this opportunity to commend you on the work that you do not only for the Faculty of Health Sciences but also South Africa. Your hard work uplifts the community and ensures that we educate, empower and save lives.
UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences receives 15 bakkies from Isuzu in fight against spread of COVID-19
Posted on April 27, 2020
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria accepted delivery of 15 Isuzu D-MAX bakkies this week which will be used to assist with the transportation of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to support community health workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DNA Day: UP expert on how DNA technology is changing the face of cancer
Posted on April 25, 2020
DNA Day on 25 April is an opportunity to recognise scientific accomplishments and acknowledge that the vast amount of knowledge available today will lead to tomorrow’s discoveries – which will ultimately contribute to our health and well-being, especially in the fight against cancer.
World Malaria Day: UP expert on keeping up the fight against malaria amid COVID-19
Posted on April 24, 2020
Malaria remains a major public health concern globally and, despite COVID-19-related challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that malaria services continue as usual. In light of World Malaria Day on 25 April, it is worth emphasising the need to continue to address the burden...
Haemophilia Care – Get involved; we are in this together.
Posted on April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020 is World Hemophilia Day. We will require health care at one time or another, usually for infective disorders like COVID-19 or non-communicable diseases that are frequently related to sedentary lifestyles. The type of care we would choose for ourselves would be patient-centred,...
University of Pretoria Health Sciences Faculty contributes to COVID-19 fight
Posted on April 16, 2020
The University of Pretoria is involved in several projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, its Faculty of Health Sciences is involved in close to 30 projects. The pandemic has caused worldwide disruption, resulting in lockdowns in many countries due to the infectious nature of...
Exercise and the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa: Should we be filling our days with physical activity?
Posted on April 14, 2020
On a positive note, the COVID-19 lockdown is a great opportunity for exercising and becoming physically active, especially if you don’t usually have enough time to exercise.
‘It’s crucial that you get the flu vaccine this year,’ says UP virologist
Posted on April 07, 2020
Like most other countries, South Africa finds itself under national lockdown to try to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 and flatten the epidemic curve. It is disheartening to know that our actions may make it worse for the vulnerable among us and that all we can really do is...
World Health Day: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020
Posted on April 07, 2020
At the dawn of 2019, the World Health Organization, under the stewardship of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made an official proposal to declare 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This proposition was supported by religious icons such as Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer on 19 January...
‘We must support children with autism – and their parents’ – UP academic on breaking down stigma and raising support this World Autism Awareness Day
Posted on April 02, 2020
Autism is a global health crisis that knows no borders and – much like COVID-19 – does not discriminate based on nationality, ethnicity or social status. In light of World Autism Awareness Day, knowing more about the condition and how to manage it may help all of us better support...