UKZN TEAM ON RESEARCH PROGRAMME IN THE US

UKZN TEAM ON RESEARCH PROGRAMME IN THE US

Three PhD candidates and a lecturer from UKZN’s Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health (DOEH) are hard at work on a four-month intensive research programme at the University of Michigan in the United States.

The UKZN representatives are among 10 PhD students and eight mid-level academics from five Southern African universities attending the programme after receiving a scholarship from the Southern African Millennium Promise Programme (MPP).

The Fogarty Programme in Occupational and Environmental Health, initiated in 1996 and sponsored by the Fogarty International Centre of the US National Institute of Health, provides research and training in chronic non-communicable occupational and environmental respiratory diseases.

The participants are taking part in a number of customised courses and auditing some of the regular courses.

Ms Pusetso Tseuoa, Programme Co-ordinator at UKZN’s DOEH, said the University’s students had told her they were making steady progress with their studies.

Ms Joy Kistnasamy is studying the interaction between social determinants and air pollution on childhood asthma, while Mr Robert Njee’s study involves assessing the reduction in indoor air pollution and respiratory health of asthmatic children in Tanzania.

Mr Joshua Matiko’s study is titled: “Evaluation of thoracic fraction inhalable dust exposure and obstructive lung disease (asthma and COPD) among workers before and after implementation of dust control measures in building construction industry in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania”.

Together with their Lecturer, Mr Nkosana Jafta, whose focus is on Childhood TB and its association with exposure to indoor air pollution, the group said attending the course was a life-changing experience.

Jafta is among senior scientists undergoing a parallel mentorship development programme to strengthen their mentoring and supervisory skills.

The UKZN team said they were fortunate to have the support of Professor Rajen Naidoo, Chief Specialist and Head of Discipline, who is also the Principal Investigator for the Millennium Promise Programme.


author email : memelal@ukzn.ac.za