NWU Mafikeng Campus to launch project on lifestyle disease
On 8 August 2015 the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, in collaboration with the North West Department of Health, will launch a project to reduce lifestyle diseases in the Lokaleng Village community.
The main aim of the project is to ensure that the university does relevant research that benefits the community.
Lifestyle Diseases is a new research niche area approved for the campus in 2014. It embraces various disciplines including health sciences, nursing, agricultural sciences and technology and human and social sciences. The area has three subthemes, namely non-communicable diseases, violence, injuries and psychological interventions and social aspects, management of disability and inter-professional care.
It appears as if lifestyle diseases are becoming more frequent as countries become more industrialised and people live longer. They can include arthritis, asthma, some kinds of cancer, chronic liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, stroke, depression and obesity. Diet and lifestyle are major factors thought to influence susceptibility to many diseases. Drug abuse, tobacco and alcohol consumption, as well as a lack of exercise may also increase the risk of developing certain diseases, especially later in life.
“We have decided as a university to embark on research that will transform the lives of the community,” says Prof Ushotanefe Useh, the niche area leader.
“We chose the Lokaleng Village as it is in the vicinity of the campus. Once the project is successful, we will expand to the whole province," says Prof Useh.