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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We conduct research at the laboratory-clinic-community interface by engaging a wide range of scientific and clinical disciplines; with 62 consortia linking us with 183 institutions in 22 African countries and 24 countries beyond.

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Saturday, 24 October 2020
Plant systems contribute to fight against COVID-19

In a recent speech by Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, announced that the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is increasing funding awards to South Africa's COVID-19 Testing Ability. The University of Cape Town’s Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) is one of the recipients of this funding.


Publication Date:
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 - 09:00
Youth bring community stories to bear

A team of young videographers participating in Eh!woza’s unique blend of biomedical research workshops and skills development through media training have focused their lenses on the impact of COVID-19 in Khayelitsha, which has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) rates in the world.

Publication Date:
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 14:30
Convalescent plasma – a possible COVID-19 therapy

Investigators at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are working with the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) to conduct the PROTECT-patient trial.

Publication Date:
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 11:45
SA has reason to celebrate drop in AIDS-related deaths

News last week that AIDS-related deaths in South Africa are on a downward trajectory since the early 2000s is a victory for the country and proves that antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is powerful and effective, said the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker.

Publication Date:
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 - 09:00