An assessment of COVID-19 health education and information dissemination platforms in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

In South Africa, several measures have been taken by government to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Interventions implemented include, community education, establishing lab testing capacity, social distancing, promoting regular handwashing, closure of schools and a ban on mass gathering…

Measuring Social Contact in Rural KwaZulu-Natal during the Covid-19 Epidemic

We aim to identify the impact of government regulations for COVID-19 on social interaction and behaviour. To achieve this we will interview 400 residents of the Africa Health Research Institute Population Intervention Platform area in northern KwaZulu-Natal. These interviews will be repeated every…

SAPRIN Covid-19 Surveillance

A coordinated system of disease surveillance will be critical to effectively control the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Such systems enable rapid detection and mapping of epidemics and inform allocation of scarce prevention and intervention resources. Although many lower- and middle-…

Surrogate Assisted Agent Based Modelling of Epidemics

There is a pressing need to rapidly simulate accurate complex conceptual models (Agent-based Models) for the spread of an epidemic within a population. Accurate agent-based models allow for thorough scenario planning allowing on to simulate the impact of extensive external factors. This research…

Dietary habits and health outcomes of African populations during COVID-19 lockdown

The objective of this research is to comparatively assess the changes in dietary habits of various populations during the COVID-19 lockdown and to also determine the effect this has on people’s health. As a result of the lockdown situation to combat the spread of COVID-19, movements have been…

Neuropsychological Sequelae in Survivors of Severe COVID-19: A Research Proposal

Accumulating data confirms that coronaviruses are not restricted to the respiratory system and that they are able to invade the central nervous system leading to neurological disorders. Nonetheless, studies to date of COVID-19 have primarily focussed on morbidity and/or pulmonary function, but…

DETECTION AND MONITORING OF SARS-CoV-2 RNA FRAGMENTS IN WASTEWATER USING A MALDI-TOF MASS SPECTROMETER

Wastewater monitoring has been successfully used to identify illicit drug hotspots, and track and provide early warnings of occurrences of pathogenic viruses such as Hepatitis A and Norovirus. Likewise, there is a potential value in using wastewater surveillance to monitor the existence and spread…

WASTEWATER-BASED EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR COVID-19 DETECTION IN WASTEWATER

With the economic and practical limits of medical screening for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 coming sharply into focus worldwide, scientists are turning now to wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) as a potential tool for assessing and managing the pandemic. This approach is built on the knowledge that some…

UJ/HSRC Covid-19 Democracy survey

In order to capture the nature and the impact of Covid-19 on South African society, the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change (CSC) and the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertook an online cross-…

Design novel hemp composite PPEs and new ARV drug to treat COVID-19 disease

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a number of deaths globally. In response to the pandemic we have used all our resources to assist by firstly utilizing computer based drug target interactions (DTI) predictions to identify FDA approved Drugs which binds to the active pocket of…

South African social media users COVID-19 health information seeking and coping during lockdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of the virus has created a crisis in the economy and in education as well as posing a challenge for public health. During public health crises as what we are currently experiencing, an immense and immediate need for…

Investigating the effectiveness of COVID-19 risk communication in mitigating the disaster, a Bloemfontein perspective

For the past years, the South African disaster management fraternity has invested significantly in disaster response and less in disaster risk reduction, in particular risk communication. Such activities transpired since the promulgation of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 and the National…