6 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
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ADVANCING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: FROM SCIENCE TO SCALE
Investing in early childhood development is essential to helping more children and communities thrive. Two-hundred-and-forty-nine million children under five years in low and middle income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential, yet low-cost interventions could reverse this trend.
Distinguished Professor Linda Richter, Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits is among the speakers at the South African launch of the 2016 Lancet Series: Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale, at the 2016 Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria. Other speakers at the launch include:
· Naledi Pandor (Minister of Science and Technology)
· Zane Dangor (Director General, Department of Social Development)
· Herve de Lys (UNICEF Representative)
· Professor Mark Tomlinson (University of Stellenbosch)
· Bernadette Moffatt (ELMA Foundation)
· Zanele Twala (Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation)
· Noreen Huni (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative)
Date: 7 December 2016
Time: 17:00 followed by a reception
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
RSVP: Megan Murray on +27 11 717 2375/2382 or Megan.Murray@wits.ac.za
CROSSINGS – STORIES OF MIGRATION
The Wits Radio Academy will host the launch of Crossings, a series of audio documentaries chronicling the stories of migrants in South Africa. Join us for a night of listening and discussion.
Date: 8 December 2016
Time: 18.00 for 18.30
Venue: Wits Art Museum Café, Corner Jorissen Street and Stiemans Road
HIV/AIDS EXHIBITION NOW ON AT ADLER MUSEUM
The globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, has opened at the Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Through Positive Eyes features over 100 photographs, sculptures and live storytelling that document the realities of individuals across the world living with HIV. Uniquely, the project put cameras into the hands of HIV-positive people themselves, encouraging them to show their faces and daily lives as a response to stigma, thus putting their words and images at the heart of the response to the disease. Since 2007, 122 HIV-positive people in nine major cities have taken part in this participatory photography project, contributing to an online archive of photographs and mini-documentaries. The project is co-directed by South African-born and London-based photographer and AIDS activist Gideon Mendel. He has chronicled HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1993 Through Positive Eyes is showing at the Adler until 31 January 2017. The exhibition houses a small theater in which “Banishing Stigma” – a 15-minute enactment by live storytellers of the stories of HIV-positive people – is being staged. Research units from the Faculty will also showcase some of their research in the HIV/ Aids areas. Professor Glenda Gray, President of the Medical Research Council will deliver the keynote address.