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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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.
Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems. Reuters

Only a bottom-up approach will deliver global health development targets

The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.
Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa that has a serious air pollution problem. Reuters

Why it’s time Africa features in global plans to manage air pollution

Africa has largely been ignored when it comes to official global air quality programmes. Yet low-income countries like many of those in Africa are particularly affected by air pollution.
In South Africa, many child homicides are the result of children being abandoned. Shutterstock

What lies behind child homicide in South Africa

The high rate of child homicides in South Africa shows that reproductive, mental health and social services are failing to help vulnerable mothers.
Mountains overlooking the Hex river valley in the Western Cape, South Africa. The country has been experiencing inclement weather this summer. EPA/Nic Bothma

The three culprits behind South Africa’s weird weather patterns

South Africa has been experiencing odd weather patterns during the month of November. It can be attributed to three culprits.

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