Student mental health 
Wits University has lost two students to suicide in the last two weeks. The institution’s SRC has called on the university to have a 24-hour window period opened to all students who might feel pressured without being subjected to any documentation process. Interviews with SRC president and CEO of HIGHER HEALTH.
In conversation with HIGHER HEALTH on the impact of COVID-19 on students
As part of Youth Month, the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr. Blade Nzimande, visited the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and received the results of a study on the impact of COVID-19 on students in the post-school education system conducted by HIGHER HEALTH and the HSRC. Higher Health CEO Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, discusses the results of the study.
The Pandemic’s impact on youth and students
Prof Ahluwalia unpacks the results of the study of COVID-19 on students, which has not been a focus of much other research. Students are the same young people who grapple with family loss and economic stress.
Minister Nzimande releases results on the impact of COVID-19 on students
Mister Nzimande expresses appreciation of HIGHER HEALTH’s PSET COVID-19 response sighting the training of 12 000 students to help implement guidance and protocols designed to protect campus communities and the broadersociety.
Dr Blade Nzimande released the results of a study on the impact of COVID-19 on youth and students
As part of Youth Month, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande released the results of a study on the impact of COVID-19 on youth and students. The findings confirmed the extent of the lockdown on factors crucial to student ability to follow education and training, including internet connectivity; access to devices, data and study material; financial struggles; food security; loss of social contact; loss of family members; access to transport, medical care and chronic medication. Minister Nzimande and Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, the CEO of HIGHER HEALTH explain how the lessons will get the sector and the country closer to the end of this pandemic – and be more prepared when a similar serious public health emergency happens in the future.
Infection spikes at TUT
Prof (Dr) Ahluwalia, CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, speaks to The Pulse on Newzroom Afrika supporting the move by the Tshwane University of Technology to close its doors in response to the cluster outbreak. As he says the virus does not spare anyone.
TUT suspends all contact lectures after student dies of Covid-19
Following the death of a student due to COVID-19 related complications, the Tshwane University of Technology has suspended all contact lectures and resumed online teaching and learning. Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, unpacks the high numbers of infections across the country.
Calls for government to ramp up its rollout of vaccines
There are growing calls for government to ramp up its rollout of vaccines as it is crucial to controlling the coronavirus as the third wave of infections looms. The country has recorded 4 424 new infections in the past 24 hours testing cycle with 93 deaths. Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, the CEO of HIGHER HEALTH discusses this and other COVID-19 related developments.
Growing concern that SA could experience substantial third wave of COVID-19 infections
Following the recent announcement by the Health Department that COVID-19 variants dominant in the UK and India have been detected in the country, there is now growing concern that South Africa could experience a substantial third wave of Coronavirus infections. To share information about mutant variants and how the virus is acting is Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia, HIGHER HEALTH CEO.
India’s second wave and what SA can learn
Presenter is in discussion with Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health, about the coronavirus pandemic in India and what South Africa can learn from this COVID-19 variant.
How to navigate Covid-19 mutations
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says it continues to monitor Covid-19 trends both nationally and abroad. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has confirmed that the B.1.617 variant COVID-19 variant currently affecting India has not been detected in South Africa. Presenter is in discussion with Higher Health CEO Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia about the Covid-19 variant in India.
Will the mutated Covid-19 variant pose a danger to South Africa?
The Health Ministry has noted concerns on social media about the possible import into South Africa of the Coronavirus variant discovered in India. Prof (Dr) Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health, discusses the so-called double mutant Covid-19 variant and the crisis in India.
HIGHER HEALTH – Health, psychosocial support for UCT students
The Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Blade Nzimande, has sought the involvement of HIGHER HEALTH, an agency of his department concerned with the health and mental wellbeing of students. To discuss the matter the presenter is joined by HIGHER HEALTH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ramneek Ahluwalia.
Headline news – HIGHER HEALTH concerned over cluster outbreaks within student communities
HIGHER HEALTH has expressed concern with reports of cluster COVID-19 outbreaks within student communities. This comes as over a hundred students have tested positive for the virus at the University of Pretoria. HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia has told the SABC they have scaled up their screening and testing numbers to over 6 000.
Newsbreak – HIGHER HEALTH cautions students to be responsible
There are concerns over the increase of Covid-19 positive cases at institutions of higher learning. This follows a cluster outbreak at the University of Pretoria where 115 students tested positive for the virus since the 19th of March.
eNCA reports on possible cluster outbreaks within student communities – 5 April 2021
The Department of Higher Learning and Training has urged institutions, students and staff to continue following COVID-19 safety protocols. There’s growing concern of possible cluster outbreaks at institutions of higher learning. This comes after more than a hundred students from the University of Pretoria tested positive for the virus since the 19th of March. Includes interview with Dr (Prof) Ahluwalia, CEO of HIGHER HEALTH.
Interview with Dr (Prof) Ahluwalia with Newzroom Afrika’s Stephen Grootes
The University of Pretoria has confirmed that the number of students who have tested positive for covid-19 has increased to 100. The institution says management believes that the virus has been contracted off campus at one of their pubs or restaurants. Higher Health CEO, Prof Ramneek Ahluwalia joins in for more.Newzroom Afrika.
HIGHER HEALTH on a mission to contain student cluster outbreak
Higher Health is on a mission to test all possible contacts of 55 students at the University of Pretoria who tested positive for COVID-19. The agency says it’s working with National Health Laboratory Services to speed up the result after concerns that some of the affected students may have gone home for the Easter celebrations. The CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, Dr (Prof) Ahluwalia, is interviewed.
Interview with Higher Health CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, raises concerns about increased Covid-19 positive cases within students communities
Phemelo Motene interviews HIGHER HEALTH CEO to discuss a concern that they have picked up on an increased number of students reported to be infected with Covid-19. SAfm.
Interview with Higher Health CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, students urged to remain vigilant – 2 April 2021
Students are being encouraged to continue observing Covid-19 safety measures as they will be returning to institutions of learning. HIGHER HEALTH says this might assist in curbing the spread of the virus. HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia speaks about this.
HIGHER HEALTH raises awareness of cluster outbreaks within student communities – 2 April 2021
The Higher Education Department has confirmed that 55 students at the University of Pretoria have tested positive for COVID-19. For more Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health, is interviewed to raise awareness to help limit outbreaks.
ENCA interview on HIGHER HEALTH help for students
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr (Prof) Ahluwalia, is urging this year’s first year and returning students to prioritise their health. The agency warns about historical health challenges such as HIV, substance abuse and mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message to the Class of 2021 – in conversation with HIGHER HEALTH
Channel Africa’s Midday Report speaks with HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr (Prof.) Ramneek Ahluwalia, about the need for 2021’s first year students not to take their youthful strength and health for granted but to prioritise and protect it.
SAfm’s The Viewpoint discusses the readiness of universities for the 2021 intake with HIGHER HEALTH CEO
In conversation with HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia, about student health ahead of the new academic year.
Minster Nzimande addresses the HIGHER HEALTH webinar on Managing the second wave of COVID-19 within the post-school sector – 27 Jan, SABC
SABC’s The Agenda followed the opening address by the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande of the HIGHER HEALTH webinar on managing the second wave of COVID-19 within the post-school sector.
PSET preparedness webinar opening address – 27 Jan, Power FM
Power Update followed Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande’s address at the HIGHER HEALTH webinar this morning. The webinar focussed on plans to manage the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic in the higher education sector and how vaccination will be rolled out.
Watch as HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia talks about the PSET sector’s plans for the 2021 academic year
On Newzroom Afrika’s show – Flatten the Curve – the presenter talks to Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia from HIGHER HEALTH about plans for improved health and safety at universities.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia talks about how the post-schooling sector is gearing up for the challenges of the 2021 academic year – 21 Jan, SAfm
Listen as Songezo Mabece of SAfm’s The View Point converses with the CEO of Higher Health, Dr (Prof) Ramneek Ahluwalia on how the post-schooling sector is gearing up for the challenges of the 2021 academic year.
HIGHER HEALTH shares the three-pronged approach to safe exams – Cape Talk
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday released Higher Health’s latest protocol for the post-school education and training sector on how to conduct invigilated examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic. HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia elaborates on the three-pronged approach to safe exams.
HIGHER HEALTH addresses COVID-19 cluster outbreaks – 2 Nov, SAfm
There is a slight concern from Higher Education that there are cluster outbreaks happening around campuses. Presenter is in discussion with Fort Hare University SRC President Siphiwo Ngcenge about the cluster outbreaks and HIGHER HEALTH CEO Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ahluwalia talking about the the preparedness of universities and TVET colleges amidst COVID-19 – 15 Oct, Morning Live
As some tertiary education students gear up to begin writing examinations, how healthy is the environment at these institutions given the most extraordinary seven months South Africans have been through? Morning Live speaks with HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, on the preparedness of universities and TVET colleges, how COVID-19 has affected students and where help can be found.
#Exams2020 – SABC 2 Morning Live asks if universities and TVET colleges are prepared, 15 Oct
As some tertiary education students gear up to begin writing examinations, how healthy is the environment at these institutions given the most extraordinary seven months South Africans have been through? Morning Live speaks with HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, on the preparedness of universities and TVET colleges, how COVID-19 has affected students and where help can be found.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ahluwalia discusses year-end exams during a pandemic – 14 Oct, ENCA
On Friday HIGHER HEALTH’s latest protocol for the post-school education and training sector on how to conduct invigilated examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic was released. Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, discusses these guidelines to safe exams with Jane Dutton on ENCA.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ahluwalia discusses protocols for safe exams – 13 Oct, SAfm
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday released Higher Health’s latest protocol for the post-school education and training sector on how to conduct invigilated examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia elaborates on the three pronged approach to safe exams.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ahluwalia talking about the Mobile Clinic units – 28 Sept, Lotus FM
28 September Lotus FM: Interview with HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, on efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 at institutes of higher education in SA that are underway. A new policy framework developed by the Department of Higher Education and Training now compels institutes of higher education to take the coronavirus more seriously with the introduction of 10 mobile health clinics at disadvantaged campuses.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, engaging on exam period & COVID-19 – 10 October Newzroom Afrika
Newzfeed Weekend discussed how examinations will take place in person with the CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia as South Africa’s institutions of higher learning are readying themselves for the return of students allowed by lockdown level 1 regulation as the December examinations will take place. The Department of Higher Education with HIGHER HEALTH developed and released a set of guidelines to ensure that the post-schooling education and training sector is protected from cluster outbreaks.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr Ahluwalia talks on the newly launched Mobile Clinic units – 26 Sept, SABC News
26 September SABC News: Higher Health, an institution devoted to student health, wellness and psycho-social wellbeing in the post-schooling education sector recently launched 10 fully furnished mobile clinic units, and the units will enhance health services at TVET, CET colleges and universities around the country. Now to discuss this further Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, HIGHER HEALTH CEO joined SABC’s SA Today programme via Zoom.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ahluwalia on SAFM discussing the newly launched Mobile Clinics
On 17 September SAfm’s the Viewpoint discusses the provision of ten fully furnished mobile clinic units to render health services at TVET Colleges around the country by HIGHER HEALTH in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation with HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ahluwalia on eNCA talking about the newly launched Mobile Clinics
HIGHER HEALTH CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia discusses health challenges at TVET colleges and how ten fully furnished mobile clinic units launched on 17 September will help to enhance health services in these institutions of higher learning. The health fleet programme is driven by HIGHER HEALTH, a national agency that is devoted to student health and wellness in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
HIGHER HEALTH CEO, Dr. Ramneek Ahluwalia chats about Condom and STI Awareness in South Africa.
Host of #TheMainSwitch, Rapz, is in conversation with the CEO of HIGHER HEALTH, Dr. Ramneek Ahluwalia. HIGHER HEALTH is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of nearly two million students in the post-school education system. They have an extensive chat about Condom and STI Awareness, the stigmas surrounding it and what HIGHER HEALTH is actively doing to create this awareness.
NGO calling for urgent action
HIGHER HEALTH is urgently calling on all higher education institution leaders to come up with accountability processes to help improve the safety and wellbeing of women across campuses. Courtesy #DStv403
Vice-chancellors at 26 universities call for meeting with Ramaphosa over gender-based violence
Vice-Chancellors at all 26 universities have called for a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the scourge of gender-based violence.
HIGHER HEALTH seeks to reduce incidence of health conditions that may occur during tertiary studies
We are now in conversation with HIGHER HEALTH, a national entity that works on behalf of the Department of Higher Education and Training and under the governance of Universities South Africa
SABC NEWS on 01 December 2014
HEAIDS Director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia on the progress of HIV Prevention and Treatment in South Africa
The Daily Sun on 11 August 2014
HEAIDS Director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia on the progress of HIV Prevention and Treatment in South Africa
SABC NEWS on 03 August 2014
HEAIDS Director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia reports about important findings at the AIDS 2014 Conference in Australia
The New Age on 01 August 2014
About the AIDS 2014 Conference
The New Age on 02 June 2014
About the “HEAIDS Future Beats Launch”
The Daily Sun on 02 June 2014
About the “HEAIDS Future Beats Launch”
SABC on 16 April 2014
About the “HEAIDS First Things First Launch at Goldfields”