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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Yeoville Clinic launches youth friendly health services

Yeoville Clinic launches youth friendly health services

By Nkunda Vundamina, ReproNet-Africa Edited by Leonie Selvan, Wits RHI Although progress has been made in improving health outcomes for adolescents in Johannesburg, thousands of youths still lack access to comprehensive health information and services. The opening of youth friendly health services at the Yeoville Clinic in Johannesburg on 18 September 2015 was thus fitting. Over 200 adolescents attended the launch, facilitated by the City of Johannesburg with support from the Anova Health Institute, Centre…

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Wits RHI are saving lives at birth finalists!

Wits RHI are saving lives at birth finalists!

The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute are proud to announce that they have made it to the final round of the Saving Lives at Birth grant application process! The three-year grant is worth $2 million dollars and, if successful, the project will provide a blueprint for the optimal use of technology for improving early ANC utilisation; HIV treatment; maternal and new born postpartum illness identification, management and referral; and ultimately, maternal and child health…

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Wits RHI’s Mobile Clinic and Adolescent Teams in Action during the launch of the 39th Anniversary of the Youth Month celebrations

Wits RHI’s Mobile Clinic and Adolescent Teams in Action during the launch of the 39th Anniversary of the Youth Month celebrations

Hundreds of young people and scholars gathered at the Nasrec Expo Centre from 8 – 16 June 2015 for the launch of the 39th anniversary of the Youth Month celebrations. Ms Molebatsi Bopape, the Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts Culture and Recreation; Ms. Sizakele Nkosi Malobane, the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety; and Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport led the launch. MEC Bopape in her key note speech said “Without the youth…

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