Ladies; prioritise your health! Empower yourself with knowledge and regular check-ups to ensure early detection Dr Susan Ford, research doctor at our Clinical Research Unit, has underscored the importance of women's health – a topic that deeply resonates with her. With women often serving as primary caregivers for family members, they sometimes overlook their own health. Susan stresses the value of women's health, particularly in routine checks to detect cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer. Breast cancer, apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, stands as the most prevalent cancer in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of [...]
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Get to know THINKer Fanelesibonge Msimango – and her wonderful interpretation of THINK culture and values! Fanele joined THINK in February this year as a Data Clerk on the ADAPT project. When the ADAPT project concluded in April, she applied for her current role as a Linkage Coordinator. “In this capacity, I collaborate closely with Linkage Officers to oversee the management of linkage activities. My responsibilities include coordinating the efforts of Linkage Officers, monitoring progress, evaluating performance, conducting quality control and quality assurance checks on THINK Linkage Trackers, and compiling comprehensive linkage reports on a monthly and quarterly basis for programs,” [...]
In the first part of this year, THINK broadened the scope of the Clinical Trial Unit to include a Male Medical Circumcision (MMC) program. This single intervention reduces the risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV from women to men by about 60%. Further, it reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections, penile cancer in men, and cervical cancer in female partners of circumcised men. The successful rollout of the MMC program has been spearheaded by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team. Supported by a technical lead and a program manager, our clinical team – comprised of skilled medical officers, professional nurses, a [...]
Allison Naidoo takes us on a short journey through our districts, bringing you news of THINK’s impact across the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. In healthcare's evolving landscape, THINK has been a beacon of hope, making impactful strides across districts. Our journey begins in the uMgungundlovu district, where we've been reshaping healthcare accessibility. September 6 was a significant day for the THINK uMgungundlovu team, who arrived at the Dambuza Community Hall with our state-of-the-art Mobile Clinic. The community benefitted from free Tuberculosis (TB) screenings, leveraging our revolutionary X-ray enhanced by AI. In partnership with our collaborators, we also offered a [...]
We chat to THINK’s Chief Science Officer, Dr Suzanne Staples, about the upcoming Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, and find out more about its importance – both globally and for THINK. The Union World Conference on Lung Health is an annual event organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). This event has taken place every year for the last 53 years, and will be held in Paris – where The Union was founded in 1920 – from November 15 to 18. The international conference gathers professionals, experts, researchers, and advocates from various [...]
Join us in this insightful Q&A with THINK’s new Business Development Coordinator, where we delve into his vision for THINK's future and innovative strategies for securing partnerships and funding. Siya was born in a rural area called kwa-Hlomendlini (Mandeni), about 100km north of Durban, and raised by his grandmother. This is where he grew up and completed his primary and high school learning, before moving to Johannesburg to study further in 2012. Siya graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Masters in Development Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Q: When did you join THINK, and how did your [...]
As promised in last month’s newsletter, here’s Bekani Nsibanyoni’s take on the importance of Artificial Intelligence within the NGO space. Artificial Intelligence is rapidly transforming industries worldwide, and the NGO sector is no exception. The integration of AI into the workings of NGOs can have a profound impact on their ability to deliver services, streamline operations, and address complex societal challenges. To harness the full potential of AI, training is paramount. Let’s explore the advantages of AI training in the NGO space, and also delve into the pros and cons of AI adoption. Advantages of AI Training for NGOs Enhanced Effectiveness: [...]
Our Head of Finance & Operations, Kirsty Woolley, uses her own personal journey to explain why there is a big need for introverts in the workplace. From the age of 18 I worked in a bank. It upset me to learn that my colleagues initially perceived me as cold, aloof, a snob and a non-team player. It was not much comfort when, further down the line, these same colleagues would say; “Of course, now that I know you better, I realise you’re not like that at all!” But the damage had already been done to my self-image, and I was always [...]
Our global administration offices in Copenhagen recently welcomed a dynamic, young humanitarian to the team. Let’s get to know Camilla a bit better! Growing up in Denmark, Camilla moved to France, with her family, when she was 15. Here she attended high school and got her International Baccalaureate. “In Lyon my keen interest in art grew into including street art and graffiti, and my passion for dance was a great way to meet and befriend the locals,” she says. Spending over three years in an international community as a teen was in many ways the starting point of Camilla’s life [...]