South African Medical Research Council

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer.

The scope of the SAMRC’s research includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical research and public health studies. Research at the SAMRC focuses on the ten highest causes of death in South Africa and includes TB, HIV, chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, and women’s health.

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A closer look at men in South Africa reveals a very complicated picture. Shutterstock

Men and HIV: how poverty, violence and inequality play a part

Poverty, traumatic experiences, and gender inequalities, directly increased HIV-risk behaviours such as having unprotected sex and having multiple sexual partners.
South Africa was a leader in tobacco control but has not updated its policies adequately. Shutterstock

How South Africa is tightening its tobacco rules

South Africa's proposed new tobacco laws will tighten the grip on how cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold, marketed and regulated in the country.
New World Health Organisation Director-General De Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

African academics set out what Dr Tedros needs in his toolbox to tackle health ills

How will the World Health Organisation's Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus deal with the mounting challenges? Africa's academics have some tips.
Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research. Penn State/Flickr

Open, free access to health evidence: a new precedent for Africa

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library -- giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.

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