Traditional knowledge to enhance modern medicine
An estimated 20 000 plant species are used medicinally today and a number of ingredients commonly used in modern medicine to treat serious diseases, originate from plant-based traditional medicine.
Answers to climate change may lie in the soil
Global warming is causing climate patterns to change – think higher temperatures and decreased rainfall. In fact, climatic models suggest that temperatures may rise by between 0.3°C and 4.8°C!
Xenophobia: Time to go to school
Did you know that legal migration from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries has increased almost tenfold since 1990 to over four million people per year?
Using energy to make a difference
Energy is not only vital for production; it is also crucial for economic growth, development and good living standards, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Looking at blood differently
How can we improve diagnoses and treatment for a better outcome for patients, and really provide targeted care? It starts with putting blood under the magnifying glass.
Fuel for the future
With dwindling fossil fuel reserves, a global energy crisis is looming. It is estimated that current global oil reserves will only last another 53 years...
Sustainability: Seals & whales may have the secrets
We live at a time where our resources – social, economic and environmental – are more at risk than ever before. Finding sustainable solutions for the future has become urgent...
Ubuntu’s meaning and value in human and social development in Africa
Prof James Ogude, Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have been focusing on this African philosophy.
Empowering communities to beat malaria
Malaria is a deadly, infectious disease with a complex life cycle. So complex in fact that after many years of research, scientists have still not been able to come up with a definitive solution to...
On a mission to eliminate Malaria
More than half a million lives are lost to malaria each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). And about 40% of the world’s population lives under constant risk of malaria infection.