Prof Deirdre Byre

Professor Deirdre Byre is the Chairperson of the Unisa-Africa Girl Development Programme (UNISA-AGDP) 




Addressing hypertension in South Africa


Today, 16 May, is World Hypertension Day.  This day comes at the time where an imploding epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases is threatening national healthcare systems sustainability, the economy of the country and claiming many preventable and avoidable deaths. Hypertensive disease in pregnancy is the leading cause of direct maternal deaths in South Africa. Pre-eclampsia […]

Book review: Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation


‘Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation’ is a first-hand account of the university protests known as #FeesMustFall that gripped South Africa between 2015 and 2017. The book tries to achieve several aims. The first one is to heed the timeless warning of the distinguished African author, Chinua Achebe who once contended that “Until the lions […]

Women of Sudan transform the paradigm


The leading figure in Sudan’s military council today – the notorious Himeidti – is the very same man who formed and led the Janjaweed militias accused of genocide and war crimes in Darfur 16 years ago. The Janjaweed, which was the brainchild of deposed President Omar al Bashir, had implemented a scorched earth policy in […]


On memory of humans

Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history...


Signing would greatly improve deaf people’s election participation experiences

Twenty five years in our democracy, deaf people still have serious difficulties accessing basic information on election campaign promises and how to vote in...


South Africa and Nigeria: Africa’s Sleeping Giants?

In a year packed with many African elections, Nigeria went to the polls in February and South Africa votes this week. This begs the...