15 minutes: KRISP Work at a Glance

In this new section of the krisp.org.za website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.

SPARK South Africa: Novel Diagnostics Grant Application 2020

SPARK South Africa - 2020-10-07

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of KRISP, UKZN, eThekwini, Stanford and SPARK Global faculty and commercial and industry experts. Based on the compiled rankings, finalists will be invited to present an oral pitch to the review panel in early December, 2020. Approximately 3-5 proposals selected for awards (number dependent on available funding) will be notified before the end of December, 2020.


28th Weekly Press Briefing on the Coronavirus disease outbreak - Dr John Nkengasong & Prof. Tulio de Oliveira

Africa CDC - 2020-09-17

WHAT: Weekly interaction with members of the media to share critical updates on steps taken to implement key aspects of the joint continental strategy for COVID-19 response; and to also highlight the coordinated efforts by African Union Member States to combat the pandemic in their respective countries.


How a team of scientists worked tirelessly to help the COVID-19 response in Africa

KRISP News - 2020-08-25

Ahead of the emergence of the SARS-CoV -2 outbreak in South Africa KRISP started preparing for it. KRISP really rose to the occasion in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. In the process, KRISP trained 1000s of health care workers, produced genomic protocols & capacitated dozens of laboratories in Africa to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic


Accelerating genomics-based surveillance for COVID-19 response in Africa

Lancet Microbe - 2020-08-25

The use of genomics to support the response to COVID-19 and containment of the virus in Africa is currently low. To address this suboptimal use of genomics, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Institute of Pathogen Genomics, in consultation with the Africa CDC led African Task Force for Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (AFTCOR) laboratory technical working group.


Excess deaths increase but we are ‘still in the dark’

Mail & Guardian - 2020-07-23

There have been 17090 more deaths in the country than there were in previous years during the same period. But the official number of Covid-19 deaths is about 6000. There is a significant departure from the historical trends, even under these abnormal circumstances.


South Africa 59% excess deaths imply hidden Covid-19 toll

Sowetan Live - 2020-07-23

South Africa witnessed some 17000 extra deaths from natural causes or 59% more than would normally be expected between early May and mid-July, scientists said, suggesting many more people are dying of Covid-19 than shown in official figures.



YouTube Videos

How a team of scientists worked tirelessly to help the COVID-19 response in Africa

From Pillay S, Giandhari J, Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Chimukangara B, Lessells R, Mattison S, Moosa Y, Gazy I, Fish M, Singh L, Khanyile KS, Fonseca V, Giovanetti M, Alcantara LCJ, de Oliveira T, date: 2020-08-23, duration: 00:04:06

COVID-19: Health and Safety Awareness Training - Episode 1

From TRULIFE, Richard Lessells, date: 2020-08-18, duration: 00:08:48

Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) to rapidly respond to COVID-19 outbreaks

From Giandhari J, Wilkinson E, Pillay S, Tegally H, James SE, Kanzi A, Lessells RJ, de Oliveira T., date: 2020-08-05, duration: 00:02:30

Research laboratories help to fight COVID-19 in South Africa: DIPLOMICS, TIA, DSI, SAMRC initiatives

From Pillay S, Giandhari J, Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Chimukangara B, Lessells R, Mattison S, Gazy I, Fish M, Singh L, Khanyile KS, Fonseca V,de Oliveira T., date: 2020-07-20, duration: 00:04:00

Curation and Analysis of Data in Africa by Africans: Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA)

From San Emmanuel James and Jennifer Giandhari, date: 2020-06-24, duration: 00:02:02


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).


Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira