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Current Awareness 2019: October

Topics of general research interest

What is current awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research

Website of the Month

The website of the month is:

World Health Organization

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"WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. We are now more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva.

Our primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system."


About the monthly current awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days in October


October: Marine Month (South Africa)                                                                                

October: Mental Awareness Month (South Africa)

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month (South Africa)

 October:Transport Month (South Africa)

October: Social Development Month (South Africa)

1 October: 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, in Pretoria, South Africa

1 October: International day of Older Persons

2 October: Ninth Ministerial Session of the Bi-National Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Nigeria,       Pretoria, South Africa

7 October: World Habitat Day

10 October: World Sight Day

10 October: World Mental Health Day

11 October: International Day of the Girl Child

12 October: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

12 October: World Athritis Day

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

16 October: World Food Day

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: World Trauma Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

27 October: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

28 October- 3 November: World Stroke Awareness Week

31 October: World Cities Day


In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:





Looking for upcoming 2019 conferences?

If you are looking for 2019's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden oldies


Fincham, J.E. (2011) Health policy and ethics. London: Chicago: Pharmaceutical Press

This text provides comprehensive yet concise coverage of international health policy and ethics. It promotes understanding of health policy and its influencers, and explains how policy directly affects health and health care. An in-depth review of pertinent background concepts, current issues, future needs and assessments is provided. Coverage includes: health care systems, policies, impacts and influencers; health care quality concerns; justice and access to care; social and cultural issues; regulatory actions; global public health problems. Health Policy and Ethics is an essential resource for graduate students in pharmacy administration, social pharmacy and health policy, PharmD students, and those involved in health policy decision making.


Iwu, M.M. (2014) Handbook of African medicinal plants. Boca Raton: CRC Press

With over 50,000 distinct species in sub-Saharan Africa alone, the African continent is endowed with an enormous wealth of plant resources. While more than 25 percent of known species have been used for several centuries in traditional African medicine for the prevention and treatment of diseases, Africa remains a minor player in the global natural products market largely due to lack of practical information. This updated and expanded second edition of the Handbook of African Medicinal Plants provides a comprehensive review of more than 2,000 species of plants employed in indigenous ( more)