COVID-19 Resources
The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
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Monday, 10 August 2020
Better probiotics for vaginal health

Newly isolated strains of vaginal Lactobacillus bacteria perform better than those currently used in South African vaginal probiotics. This is according to recent research published by an international team led by the University of Cape Town (UCT). The findings could mean more effective treatment for bacterial vaginosis, and a lowered risk of adverse outcomes for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Publication Date:
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 - 09:15
COVID-19’s interaction with HIV and TB investigated

The HIATUS study, a research programme being launched by the  Wellcome Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), will investigate the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic and common endemic infectious diseases in the South African context.

Publication Date:
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 - 08:00
Harnessing plant power to curb COVID-19

Here’s a different reason for tobacco to be in the news. Cape Bio Pharms, a biotech company with its origins in the Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has joined the global effort to create a fast and affordable antibody test for COVID-19, using a relative of the tobacco plant.

Publication Date:
Fri, 29 May 2020 - 13:45
SA’s COVID-19 response is hurting other health priorities

South Africa can become a country that rationally adapts to a COVID-19-integrated world, taking into account all healthcare priorities, to the benefit of all her people, write academics from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Publication Date:
Fri, 29 May 2020 - 07:45