Month: May 2015

Department of Health and traditional health practitioners collaboration in the Western Cape

The Department of Health in the Western Cape signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Western Cape Inyangi Forum recently. This represents a major milestone in relations between these two sectors in health care provision. In South Africa there is the Traditional Health Practitioners Interim Council Act of 2007 that recognized for the first time the involvement of traditional health practitioners (THPs) in health care. The signing of the MOU and the development of the Act came after many decades of a conflictual relationship between the two sectors.

SABINA: Building Collaborative Partnerships in Natural Products

SABINA (Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products) is a vibrant and diverse network of researchers focusing on Natural Products. With the understanding that natural products play a significant role in alleviating the interlinked issues of food security, health and nutrition, particularly in developing countries, SABINA proactively implements post-graduate chemistry, biochemistry and bioinformatics programmes to address these issues.

Global Health and Wellness: Integrating Public Health with Traditional and Complementary Health Practices

Health care, medicine and public health are rooted in the concept of eradicating human suffering related to illness and disease. Despite many common features, each area offers unique perspectives into specific philosophies and approaches to curing disease, restoring and ensuring health, and promoting wellness. In Africa, traditional medicine and other approaches including integrative, complementary and alternative methods intersect with public health in a number of ways. Optimal health and wellbeing depend on both having access to clinical services as well as individuals’ behaviours and attitudes.

Nature’s Medicine

South Africa has a wealthy supply of plants. With about 25 000 known species found here, this country is third only to Brazil and Indonesia as far as biodiversity is concerned. Most people are unaware that a significant percentage of the active ingredients used in modern medicine originated from plants. The goal of my research team (myself and my postgraduate students) is to scientifically explore and test South Africa’s indigenous plants and see which of them could possibly provide chemical compounds that could be of benefit to all mankind.

Call for Action support Nepal Public Health Association

The Nepal Public Health Association is trying to find immediate support for about 10,000 families in remote affected areas of different districts.

Save the date: 6th Child Health Priorities Conference

This conference will be held at UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus from 3-5 December 2015.

Prestigious Research Lecture

On 10 June 2015, the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences will host the 12th Prestigious Research Lecture: “Nano-neuro-therapeutics: Unravelling neurodegeneration”.

Abstract writing workshops

PHASA will be hosting workshops to assist participants in the preparation of abstracts for the 2015 PHASA Conference in Durban.

PHILA Awards 2015

PHASA would like to invite nominations for the 2015 PHILA Awards. Deadline: 30 June 2015.

Training course: HIA for extractive industry projects in LMIC

SHAPE Consulting Limited, in collaboration with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and First Quantum Minerals, take pleasure in announcing a training course in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. The course will be held at the First Quantum


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