Month: May 2011

Fieldwork Co-ordinator – Burden Of Disease Research Unit, Parow (Western Cape)

We require an organized and resourceful person who can assist our Unit in implementing and co-ordinating data collection activities at selected mortuaries across eight provinces.

World No Tobacco Day

On the 31st of May the WHO highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates effective policies to reduce consumption.

African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge

From 15 –17 August 2011 an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems will be held in Johannesburg.

Africa needs to deal with health impacts of climate change

At the 5th Conference of African Union Ministers of Health it was highlighted that placing health impacts central in the climate debate is essential.

Newsletter Climate and Health

This service from Health Care Without Harm aims to keep health professionals, climate experts and decision makers up-to-date with developments.

Tackling climate change: Putting health at the heart of the action

The health impacts of climate change are well documented. The same is true of the impacts on basic human rights – food, water, shelter, safety, freedom and justice. It is nearly always the most disadvantaged people who are most vulnerable to climate-induced threats. If carbon reduction can be managed in an equitable way across the globe, with fair support for emerging economies, sustainable progress can be made whilst helping poorer countries achieve their Millennium Goals. This article discusses the role of the health sector in carbon reduction and the role of health professionals as advocates for greener healthcare and lifestyles.

PHASA exec Lekgotla 2011 report

The annual PHASA executive committee Lekgotla was held in March 2011 in Johannesburg and the most important outcomes are presented here.

PHASA conference 2011 – Update May

The abstract submission deadline is approaching, marketing has started, and abstracts writing workshops are upcoming. Read more on the preparations for the PHASA conference.

Social Media: revolutionizing public health and climate change

Public Health and climate change in sub Saharan Africa are at a crossroads; one cannot progress without the other but we continue to be blinded by this fact at our peril. Today, there is no other solution other than tackling the growing urgency ¬– of the public health climate change manifold crisis ¬– by looking at more innovative solutions to enhance social discourse. Everyone can and should take part in changing their future today. Facebook, Twitter and all the other Web 2.0 social media are a growing medium for many concerned citizens who feel enraged and empowered enough to take action against poor leadership.

Vuvuzelas ‘may spread diseases’

Vuvuzelas not only cause noise pollution but may also spread diseases a PLoS One journal study shows.


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