Medical research grants worth $8-million in first-year funding have been awarded by the National
Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council. They will target research
into HIV and Aids, TB and cancers at eight South African institutions.
Doctors at Stellenbosch University have described the operation as a massive breakthrough -
especially in a country where many young men lose their penises due to complications
after traditional circumcision.
Another group of South African health workers, comprising nurses and paramedics, are
flying to Sierra Leone, where they will join other agencies in combating the Ebola
outbreak and treating people infected with the virus.
A team of South African health care professionals is to leave for Sierra Leone, where
a South African mobile laboratory already offers Ebola testing facilities. The team
leaves as the World Health Organization says trials of two vaccines are to start on
healthy human volunteers soon.
In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease
burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers
programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home
countries. Here are some of their stories.
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