<![CDATA[University of Cape Town / Faculty of Health Sciences]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za <![CDATA[UCT ranked top in Africa for sport science]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2022-04-08-uct-ranked-top-in-africa-for-sport-science
At 41st place in the ShanghaiRanking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments, UCT is top on the continent.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2022-04-08-uct-ranked-top-in-africa-for-sport-science Fri, 08 Apr 2022 11:54:00 GMT
<![CDATA[SHAWCO Health: 78 years of service]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-27-shawco-health-78-years-of-service
Despite the COVID-19 disruptions, SHAWCO Health continues to strive with the introduction of many new initiatives including the development of a cookbook, mom-and-baby clinics and collaboration with sex-worker organisation, SWEAT.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-27-shawco-health-78-years-of-service Mon, 27 Dec 2021 07:50:00 GMT
<![CDATA[UCT spearheading training and research for occupational lung disease in Southern Africa]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-21-uct-spearheading-training-and-research-for-occupational-lung-disease-in-southern-africa
Professor Shahieda Adams, occupational medicine specialist in the Division of Occupational Medicine, and Dr Qonita Said-Hartley, consultant radiologist and Head of Clinical Unit of Radiology at Groote Schuur Hospital, spearheaded an interdisciplinary African collaboration to promote capacity for the detection of pneumoconiosis. They delivered a training programme on how to classify chest radiographs of workers with occupational lung disease at the Occupational Health Centre of Excellence in Kitwe, Zambia.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-21-uct-spearheading-training-and-research-for-occupational-lung-disease-in-southern-africa Tue, 21 Dec 2021 02:58:00 GMT
<![CDATA[SHAWCO Health: 78 years of service]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-17-shawco-health-78-years-of-service
Despite the COVID-19 disruptions, SHAWCO Health continues to strive with the introduction of many new initiatives including the development of a cookbook, mom-and-baby clinics and collaboration with sex-worker organisation, SWEAT.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-12-17-shawco-health-78-years-of-service Fri, 17 Dec 2021 07:31:00 GMT
<![CDATA[TB research must continue in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-03-25-tb-research-must-continue-in-the-face-of-the-covid-19-pandemic
On the 24th of March the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) , an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based in KwaZulu-Natal and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) , an international centre of excellence where world-class scientists collaborate to tackle diseases of major importance in Africa, hosted a joint, virtual World Tuberculosis (TB) Day mini-symposium in recognition of the day. The IDM is based at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-03-25-tb-research-must-continue-in-the-face-of-the-covid-19-pandemic Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:33:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Departmental Highlights]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-departmental-highlights https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-departmental-highlights Sat, 23 Jan 2021 11:39:00 GMT <![CDATA[Information and Communication Technology Services]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-information-and-communication-technology-services
Employees in the Faculty of Health Sciences abruptly shifted to working from home when the national lockdown was announced in March. For ICT, this precipitated a chaotic rush to allocate, set up and distribute 50 laptops to staff and postgraduate students in just four days before the lockdown took effect.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-information-and-communication-technology-services Sat, 23 Jan 2021 10:08:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Managing the engine room: Operations team]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-managing-the-engine-room-operations-team
The Operations Department has been juggling many balls at once by rendering essential services to the Faculty during the last year. From ordering, controlling and issuing personal protective equipment (PPE), to ensuring health and safety compliance with COVID-protocols, to outsourcing cleaning services, to arranging transport, to event and venue logistics and much more.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-managing-the-engine-room-operations-team Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:44:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Critical care]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-critical-care
Dr Shrikant Peters, Public Health Medicine Specialist in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medical Manager of Theatre Services, Critical Care and Anaesthetics at Groote Schuur Hospital provides an insider perspective into the juggling act of managing critical care services through a public health emergency.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-01-23-critical-care Sat, 23 Jan 2021 08:45:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Writing circles with community rehabilitation workers reveals their contribution to disability inclusion during lockdown.]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-02-19-writing-circles-with-community-rehabilitation-workers-reveals-their-contribution-to-disability-inclusion-during-lockdown
Since 2012, the Division of Disability Studies has been training students in community based, disability-inclusive practice. At the beginning of lockdown related to the Covid-19 pandemic, alumni from this invited to participate in a writing circle about their experiences of disability inclusion as frontline workers. This opportunity illuminated the vital work they do as well as their invaluable knowledge of community needs.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-02-19-writing-circles-with-community-rehabilitation-workers-reveals-their-contribution-to-disability-inclusion-during-lockdown Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:19:00 GMT
<![CDATA[5 minutes with Prof Mary-Ann Davies: Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-5-minutes-with-prof-mary-ann-davies-director-of-the-centre-for-infectious-disease-epidemiology-and-research
Prof Mary-Ann Davies has been extensively involved in epidemiologic analyses of COVID-19 in the Western Cape and leading the surveillance strategy in the province to guide our response. She has served on technical working groups for the Ministerial Advisory Committee and supported provincial planning for outbreak preparedness as well as vaccine rollout. We asked her a few questions.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-5-minutes-with-prof-mary-ann-davies-director-of-the-centre-for-infectious-disease-epidemiology-and-research Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:29:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Occupational Medicine advocates for workplace health and safety]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-occupational-medicine-advocates-for-workplace-health-and-safety
The Occupational Medicine Division, a relatively small team in the Faculty, has made a large footprint on the South African landscape, by playing major role in workplace health and safety in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-occupational-medicine-advocates-for-workplace-health-and-safety Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:19:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Caring for the carers ]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-caring-for-the-carers
Many health workers have reported that mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and burnout have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry have developed a service which aims to prioritise employee health and wellness during the pandemic.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-23-caring-for-the-carers Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:03:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Medical students rise to the challenge of COVID-19 ]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-02-19-medical-students-rise-to-the-challenge-of-covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique opportunity for more than 100 senior medical students to take on prescribed electives, or ‘selectives’, and to assist the Western Cape provincial response. ]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-02-19-medical-students-rise-to-the-challenge-of-covid-19 Sat, 19 Dec 2020 07:51:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Grant supports ‘Creating a legacy of trust within the public’]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-10-grant-supports-creating-a-legacy-of-trust-within-the-public
In May 2020 the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa’s (CIDRI-Africa) was awarded funding to support its critical public engagement (PE) mission of ensuring this work is mutually beneficial to both researchers and local communities. The additional funding, awarded by Wellcome , is to span a two-year period, while the centre enriches and further develops its PE activities.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-10-grant-supports-creating-a-legacy-of-trust-within-the-public Tue, 15 Dec 2020 14:08:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Young scientists acknowledged for contribution to Institute’s research]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-14-young-scientists-acknowledged-for-contribution-to-institutes-research
Last month the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) hosted the annual IDM Postgraduate Student Publication Competition – an initiative of the Institute Transformation Committee.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-14-young-scientists-acknowledged-for-contribution-to-institutes-research Mon, 14 Dec 2020 07:23:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Advocating for better rural health]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-advocating-for-better-rural-health
For the past 20 years, the Rural Support Network (RSN) has aimed to advocate for better Rural Health Care development in Rural and peri-urban communities, through educating of future health care professionals in rural communities. This year we have continued to highlight the issues of rural health care and looking at how we, as students and health professionals, can do more for our communities to ensure a better future for all.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-advocating-for-better-rural-health Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:05:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Inclusive Practices Africa launches on a high note]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-inclusive-practices-africa-launches-on-a-high-note
There are over 300 million persons with disability on the continent. The impact of the burden of disease and disability as well the socio-economic and socio-structural factors that often inhibit the progression of marginalised communities, requires a strong need for the reduction of inequality. The Faculty of Health Sciences’ Inclusive Practices Africa (IPA)   Research unit , accredited in 2020, takes this work head on.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-inclusive-practices-africa-launches-on-a-high-note Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:57:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The magic of Cape Town Together: Self-organising, neighbourhood-level responses to the COVID-19 crisis]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-the-magic-of-cape-town-together-self-organising-neighbourhood-level-responses-to-the-covid-19-crisis
Cape Town Together, a network of self-organising neighbourhood-level groups known as Community Action Networks (CANs), emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the Health Policy and Systems Division began working with a team of community organisers, social activists and public health practitioners who sought to catalyse a community-led response to Covid-19, and its socio-economic impacts. From sharing information and resources, to setting up community kitchens, the network became an important part of the overall societal response]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-the-magic-of-cape-town-together-self-organising-neighbourhood-level-responses-to-the-covid-19-crisis Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:30:00 GMT
<![CDATA[UCT-Africa Virtual ENT: A buoyance for academia during COVID-19]]> https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-uct-africa-virtual-ent-a-buoyance-for-academia-during-covid-19
Establishing a new online academic programme called UCT-Africa Virtual ENT and launching a flourishing YouTube channel during a pandemic. These are just some of the achievements of the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) in the Faculty of Health Sciences.]]>
https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-12-11-uct-africa-virtual-ent-a-buoyance-for-academia-during-covid-19 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:21:00 GMT