UP EXPERT OPINION: Malaria elimination can be attained through transdisciplinary and sustained programmes – UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control
Posted on April 25, 2022
The UP ISMC focuses on the human, parasite and vector aspects when addressing malaria control and elimination challenges, and is already making tangible contributions towards mitigating malaria through several approaches.
How collaboration and new drugs could beat malaria
Posted on December 06, 2021
The world is making progress in its fight against malaria, averting 1.5 billion cases of the disease and preventing 7.6 million deaths since 2000. This is largely thanks to a combination of several vector control tools.
UP arts student and malaria institute collaborate on a project to impart health-focused messages
Posted on November 29, 2021
“The impact of art on a scientific topic is creating new opportunities to make research more accessible.” – Prof Tiaan de Jager of the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control.
UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control secures major funding grant to build capacity in Africa
Posted on November 04, 2021
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control has been awarded a R13m Bill & Melinda Gates foundation grant to develop and deliver a leadership and management training course to drive malaria eradication.
Postgraduate #WomenofUP researchers unravelling the complexities of malaria
Posted on August 30, 2021
Globally, women researchers are making huge contributions towards the sustainable control and elimination of malaria. At the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), researchers look at malaria from a holistic point of view encompassing all components of the...
We’re a step closer to figuring out why mosquitoes bite some people and not others
Posted on May 18, 2021
Mosquitoes find themselves in complex environments filled with many different cues or stimuli. Locating their preferred host involves a series of behavioural steps. This starts with the mosquito becoming aware of the host.
Malaria control needs longer lasting repellents. We’re a step closer to finding one
Posted on May 16, 2021
Numerous repellent-based products, such as creams, roll-ons and sprays, are available on the market for outdoor protection. Most of these have a very short period of protection – a few hours. People need to be protected from mosquito bites for longer.
World Diabetes Day: UP insulin project acknowledges crucial role of nurses in managing the disease
Posted on November 14, 2020
South Africa has the highest levels of diabetes-related mortality on the African continent. In 2019, 89 800 of the 366 200 diabetes-related deaths in Africa occurred in South Africa.
UP initiative helps create food security for vulnerable communities
Posted on September 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many without a source of income. This has had devastating effects on household food security, a disastrous reality which prompted the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Community Oriented Primary Care Research Unit (COPC), to start an initiative.
WORLD MOSQUITO DAY: UP malaria expert on the tiny animal that strikes fear in the heart of man
Posted on August 20, 2020
Mosquitoes are found virtually anywhere on Earth. They are annoying with their itchy bites and incessant buzzing at the most untimely moments, but there is more to them than the nuisance factor.
UP and University of Leeds collaborate on digital project to teach kids about COVID-19
Posted on August 18, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Leeds are working together on a project to determine if children between eight and 12 years old can learn about COVID-19 through a storybook and/or by playing an online game.
UP's Dr Flavia Senkubuge becomes first black woman President of Colleges of Medicine of SA
Posted on November 08, 2018
The University of Pretoria’s Dr Flavia Senkubuge has been elected President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). Dr Senkubuge, who is the acting chair of UP’s School of Health Systems and Public Health, is the youngest president of the CMSA and the first specialist in...
Three NSTF Award nominees for Faculty of Health Sciences
Posted on April 19, 2018
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences has three staff members who are accepted nominees in the highly acclaimed National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards 2017/2018.
African genetic diversity could hold answer to unlocking disease susceptibility
Posted on January 24, 2018
A team of South African researchers which includes researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP) recently completed a study aimed at unlocking the unique genetic character of southern African populations.
Travelling to a malaria area this December? – Your Malaria Buddy is here to help
Posted on December 15, 2017
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control has launched a mobile application (app) focusing on informing people, mainly tourists, about malaria.
UP joins the fight against maternal and neonatal sepsis
Posted on November 28, 2017
The University of Pretoria (UP)'s Centre for Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care will participate in the first ever global data collection effort to assess the burden and current management of maternal and neonatal sepsis.
Dean of Health Sciences inaugurated into ASSAf
Posted on October 18, 2017
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was inaugurated as a new member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at its recent annual awards ceremony.
SARChI Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control renewed
Posted on October 11, 2017
The DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control at the University of Pretoria has just been approved for another five-year cycle. It has also been upgraded from the Tier 2 level to Tier 1.
Committed to improving maternal and child health in South Africa
Posted on October 04, 2017
The Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UP, is committed to making a contribution in the lives of pregnant women, new-born babies and infants.
Listen up! You may have a hearing problem
Posted on September 14, 2017
So, what should South Africans do about Deaf Awareness Month this September? The answer is simple: Know your hearing status.