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High-tech wall linings keep the mozzies away #UPResearchMatters

Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have developed insecticide-impregnated wall linings to protect residents in Vhembe, Limpopo. The wall linings have been so successful at reducing mosquito bites that...

Can we eliminate #malaria in South Africa by 2018?

Malaria is a complex disease that has devastated Africa and parts of South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are combining research disciplines to understand and control malaria.


High tech, high touch: technology enables a new community health platform

South Africa faces four epidemics - Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS and TB), non-communicable diseases (especially diabetes and cardiovascular diseases), high levels of violence and injury, and mother and child illness and death...

Sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle research to address a modern epidemic

Chronic diseases of lifestyle present the single most important current and future health threat to both developed and developing nations.


Drowning: a very real risk

In South Africa drowning is one of the top five causes of unnatural death among children under 15 years of age and for every child that dies from drowning, five are left with permanent brain damage as a result of the prolonged lack of oxygen.

Collaborating to save the survivors

The poaching of rhinos for their horns has resulted in the loss of many animals and it is particularly sad when pregnant rhinos or mothers with calves are poached.


Improving the lives of families affected by HIV

HIV in South Africa is a prominent health concern and it is believed that the country has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world.

Tap into tech for clean drinking water.

Despite the fact that access to clean and disease-free drinking water is a basic human right enshrined in South Africa’s constitution, utilities often find it difficult to produce safe drinking water as they have to deal with highly contaminated water...


New model enables risk predictions for avian flu

Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious viral respiratory disease that normally affects birds. However, due to the ability of the virus to mutate and its zoonotic pandemic potential

South Africa's first early warning system for potato growers

Aphids are among the most widespread pests affecting the agricultural industry around the world. While we may not think we need to compete against these tiny insects for the potatoes on our plate

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