A safe and highly effective vaccine, tragically underused

A safe and highly effective vaccine, tragically underused

by Helen Rees | University of the Witwatersrand We can protect young girls against HPV and save millions of lives from cervical cancer – let’s make it a priority I never met my grandmother. She died in her mid-forties, a housewife married to a coalminer in a poor Welsh mining community. Although my father was never sure, he thought that she died from cancer of the ‘neck of the womb’ – what we now call…

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Helen Rees awarded R1.5m Oppenheimer fellowship

Helen Rees awarded R1.5m Oppenheimer fellowship

International women’s health expert Professor Helen Rees. Picture: Trevor Samson By Sue Blaine INTERNATIONAL women’s health expert Helen Rees was on Friday awarded R1.5m to explore the relationship between hormonal contraceptives and HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections. Professor Rees is the 15th South African academic to receive the annual Oppenheimer Fellowship, aimed at promoting cutting-edge, internationally significant post-doctoral research that advances knowledge, teaching and development in SA. Former De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer, who handed the…

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Helen Rees invited to attend Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Partners Forum

Helen Rees invited to attend Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Partners Forum

Prof. Helen Rees had the honour of interviewing Trevor Mundel, President, Global Health, BMGF, Chris Elias, President, Global Development, BMGF and Mark Suzman, President, Global Policy & Advocacy, BMGF on Collaborating for Global Health Impact at the BMGF Partners Forum which took place from 5-7 May 2015. International leaders in research and development, delivery, and advocacy gathered in Seattle to exchange perspectives on the greatest challenges being faced in the field of health and how…

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