Three of seven women scientists, each awarded a research grant through the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative, aim to solve some of the continent's most pressing problems through their work.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health Sciences' Dr Yogandree Ramsamy, Institute for Soil, Climate and Water, Agricultural Research Council's Dr Busiswa Ndaba and Shantelle Claassen from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town joined Azania Mosaka to share more on their research.
Putting it very simply, I am looking at antibiotic resistance in humans, animals and the environment. We soon will actually not be able to use various classes of antibiotics because resistance is developing so fast.— Dr Yogandree Ramsamy
We are trying two match two fields - nanotechnology and agriculture. We are looking at alternative waste that we can use for development in agriculture...— Dr Busiswa Ndaba
Claassen's research also seeks to improve the lives of Africans by looking at pneumonia and how it affects children under the age of five.
The problem we are facing is that lower respiratory tract infections, especially pneumonia are preventable diseases yet we don't know how to prevent them and it's the biggest killer of children under the age of five with its primary victims being children from Sub-Saharan African countries.— Shantelle Claassen
Before treatment we need to identify what is actually causing this disease...— Shantelle Claassen
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