What is it about the sight of an infant that makes almost everyone crack a smile? Is it the way they look, the way they smell or even the way they look at us? These were some of the questions addressed at the NRF Science for Society lecture on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 at the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital.
HIV/AIDS continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. An estimated 36.7 million people were living with the disease by end of 2016. (World Health Organisation)
South Africa has the biggest and most high profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV in 2016 (WHO). This translates to a disproportionate 19% of the global burden of the HIV epidemic for a country that is home to only 1% of the global population.
Today we celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development. Declared by UNESCO in 2001, according to the organisation the purpose of this day is to renew the national and international commitment to science for peace and development as well as emphasise the importance of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
The theme for this year is “Science for Global Understanding” which aims to promote the commitment of individuals and local communities in sharing knowledge about science to inspire action and change.
We continue to commemorate SADC Malaria Week, dedicated to creating awareness and educating the public about malaria and the advances made in the fight against the disease.
In this, Part 2 of the article, we share more insights from Professor Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, holder of the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control and Head of the Parasite Control Cluster in the University Of Pretoria Institute of Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), a MRC Collaborative Centre for Malaria Research.
Yesterday marked the beginning of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Week taking place from 06 to 10 November 2017, dedicated to creating awareness and educating the public about malaria and the advances made in the fight against the disease.