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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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Jubilee District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Felix Dlangamandla/Daily Maverick/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

South Africa’s healthcare system: eight steps that would get it on the right track

Much needs to be done to improve governance of South Africa’s health system. Eight recommendations provide a guide to what needs to be prioritised.
Holidaymakers relax on the South Beach during New Year festivities in Durban after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions. Photo by Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa has changed tack on tackling COVID: why it makes sense

The South African government has chosen a pragmatic approach that balances the potential direct and detrimental indirect effects of Covid.
Through their vaccination choices, parents are often communicating not just what they think, but also who they are. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Unpacking parents’ reasons for not vaccinating their children: why it matters

Vaccination uptake is influenced by many factors and carries a variety of meanings – social, political, economic, ideological, moral as well as biological.


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