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Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemicThe Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the challenges of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition that existed prior to the outbreak, but which are now affecting more individuals and households. During June 2020, three organisations - the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA), the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), and Dietetics-Nutrition is a Profession (DIP) - joined forces to call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms. Prof Corinna Walsh from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Free State (UFS) is the President of the Nutrition Society of South Africa, which aims to advance the scientific study of nutrition to promote appropriate strategies for the improvement of nutrition well-being. 28 Sep 2020 Read more

Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combinedWith the Covid-19 pandemic currently on the forefront of news and public awareness, we have all become more attuned to seeing data regarding numbers of infections and deaths, and as I write this article today, the worldwide cumulative case count of Covid-19 stands at more than 20 million, with more than 700,000 deaths. You may also know that there are other infections causing great concern, such as HIV (690,000 deaths/year), tuberculosis (1.5 million deaths/year), and malaria (405,000 deaths/year). But what would be your reaction if you knew that fungal infections (ranging from skin and mucosal infections, e.g. vaginal or oral thrush, to deadly systemic and organ infections, e.g. candidiasis, cryptococcal meningitis and bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) affect more than one billion people each year, of which more than 150 million cases are severe and life-threatening and cause 1.7 million deaths per year? 10 Sep 2020 Read more

'Embrace your setbacks, as they allow you to evolve towards success'Saajida Abdulla believes great leaders are ambitious, driven, and aspire for transformation, but never purely for themselves. They are ambitious for others and possess an indefinite will to do whatever is necessary in service of this greater cause. 20 Aug 2020 Read more

South African paradoxDr Nadine Lake is a lecturer and Programme Director of the Gender Studies programme in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies. 20 Aug 2020 Read more

Dr Marinkie Madiope: Singular strength and energyDr Marinkie Madiope looks up to her mother as an inspirational woman. 18 Aug 2020 Read more

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