It is the aim of the Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control to promote collaborative research within the University of Pretoria on safer and sustainable malaria control and management.
The involved departments all have established research programmes with a focus on the elimination of malaria, and promotion of health. Since the different research groups within various UP faculties have a similar aim in combating malaria effectively without causing human health risk, it was strategic to combine all research conducted in this field in a research theme and create new opportunities for postgraduate students and guide policy makers on this issue.
Malaria is a complex parasitic disease confined mostly to tropical areas and transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. There are an estimated 250 million clinical cases of malaria, causing nearly a million deaths, mostly of children <5 years of age and mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria-endemic countries are faced with high cost of prevention and treatment of the disease. The Stockholm Convention seeks the elimination of chemicals, one of which is DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloro-ethane). DDT is used for indoor spraying for control of vectors of malaria and was permitted to be produced and used in accordance with recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) when safe, effective and affordable alternatives are not locally available. Recently more scientific evidence has become available of health effects associated with exposure to DDT. To reduce reliance on one potentially harmful compound, support is needed for integrated and multi-partner strategies of vector control and for continued development of new technologies and strategies as sustainable alternative methods.
Faculty of Law delivers another group of Master of laws in human rights graduates - 18/12/2013
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria congratulates its class of 2013 Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa on graduating on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013. Twenty three students graduated from the programme obtaining their LLM degrees while another three students obtained their MPhil degrees. Another group of ten students obtained their LLM (International Human Rights Law and HIV in Africa) while a further two received their LLM (Multidisciplinary Human Rights).
University of Pretoria honours the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 12/12/2013
The University of Pretoria joined the world in mourning the passing, on 5 December 2013, of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, staff and students of the University attended a memorial service in the Musaion. Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu (Chancellor), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Mr Leo Haese (Chairperson of the Convocation) were also in attendance.
Prof Brenda Wingfield received A-rating from NRF - 10/12/2013
Prof Brenda Wingfield, a researcher of high international standing received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), effective from 2014. She is also the first women in the Faculty to receive this rating.
This achievement is even more exceptional because both she and her husband, Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will now be A-rated scientists in the same faculty.
Prof Wingfield is the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) for the 2012 to 2016 cycle. She is also the Secretary General of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
CGIS student wins prestigious Isibalo award - 06/12/2013
Stefan de Bruin, a BSc (Hons)( Geoinformatics) student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) at the University of Pretoria was awarded first prize in the category Best Student Project at the first annual Isibalo Award Evening on 4 December 2013.
UP innovation offers hearing screening solution for children - 04/12/2013
A revolutionary innovation that offers a cost-effective solution to the current barriers of school-based hearing screening, is the result of a recent collaboration between Prof. De Wet Swanepoel from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Dr Herman Myburgh from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria.