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.
Official launch of the National Biodiversity and Business Network - 21/05/2013
The National Biodiversity and Business Network of South Africa was officially launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS) in Sandton on 15 May 2013.
The University of Pretoria was represented by Dr Claudious Chikozho and Ms Anesu Makina, both from Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), as well as Prof Don Cowan from FABI.
Open Day was a success! - 21/05/2013
I am pleased to inform you that I received many messages conveying positive feedback on the UP Open Day 2013. I was especially pleased about comments that the UP team of staff, students and volunteers was especially helpful and friendly.
My heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to a positive experience for parents, prospective students, families, school principals and teachers. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Open Day is an important event for the University for attracting good students, and for broadly enhancing the reputation and status of the University.
World Kangaroo Mother Care Day celebrated by final year students - 21/05/2013
Staff and students from the Department of Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria are involved in one of the most important evidence-based interventions for preterm and low birth weight babies in the world.
The final year students are participating in Kalafong Hospital as audiologists and speech-language therapists in this very effective neonatal method to care for preterm and low birth weight babies.
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria - 17/05/2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.
South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots - 16/05/2013
South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.
Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.