The South African Medical Research Council recognises the catastrophic and persisting consequences of colonialism and apartheid, including land dispossession and the intentional imposition of educational and health inequities. Acknowledging the SAMRC’s historical role in, and silence on, health and research inequalities during apartheid, the organisation commits its capacities and resources to continued promotion of equity and dignity in health and health care.
Who cares for the caregivers? Addressing the needs of HIV/AIDS caregivers in South Africa
Caregiving of children and adolescents living with HIV
According to UNICEF, South Africa is home to 17 per cent of the global population of children and adolescents living with HIV (CALHIV). Their caregivers, including mothers and other family members, play
Our communities are not yet free from the HIV/AIDS epidemic
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to further assert and realign our shared commitment to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030. 1 December 2023 raises up the call of communities to lead the way in ending HIV, with the UNAIDS adopted theme ‘L
Better data is needed to understand the causes and impacts of disability and the specific disadvantages of people with disabilities
Cape Town, South Africa| Global and national data shows that people with disabilities have increased healthcare needs compared to others. However, people with disabilities experience a range of barriers to healthcare and are often left behind.
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), through its Research Capacity Development (RCD) division held its first RCD Beneficiary Conference from 20th to 21st of November 2023.
Bringing together over 170 grant and scholarship holders who are fund
World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week: 18 – 24 November 2023
18-24 November marks the occasion of the Annual World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week, with the theme for 2023 being ‘Preventing antimicrobial resistance together.’
Microbes are everywhere, these include viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Naturally,
Groundbreaking Photovoice project unveils struggles of low-income women in Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | The University of Cape Town's pioneering photovoice project, initiated as a Grand Challenges Pilot in January 2023, is set to debut at the Motherload Exhibition in Community House, Salt River, Cape Town on November 27. Named for its u
Disabled face many barriers to access inclusive, equitable healthcare service
Universal health coverage needs our commitment to equality
In SA, November is National Disability Rights Awareness Month and internationally December 3, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
But, in a world that strives for inclusi
The SAMRC was established in 1969 and is dedicated to improving the health of people in South Africa, through research, innovation, development, and technology transfer. The scope of research includes laboratory investigations, clinical research, and public health studies.
We conduct research on South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease: maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and TB, non-communicable diseases, and interpersonal violence. Our work is to acquire evidence-based information to inform health policy and practice and improve the quality and health status of people in South Africa.