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Serusha Govender

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About Serusha
Serusha Govender is an award-winning broadcast journalist, foreign correspondent, multimedia producer, writer and photographer currently based in Southern Africa.

Best known for her work as a television news correspondent, producer and writer Serusha has covered stories in more than twenty countries over five continents reporting on political coups, violent conflict, trafficking, disease outbreaks, environment crises, health issues, science and innovation as well as from the front lines of major conflicts and natural disasters. She is also one of the few journalists to have reported on clean energy issues and the nuclear debate from deep inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine.

Her feature work has appeared in publications including CNNHealth.com, eNews Channel Africa, Huffington Post, AfroBeat Radio, Africa.com, RealHealth Magazine, IPS Africa, The Daily Meal, and Applause Africa. She has been featured on CNN International, NPR, Mix 102.3 (Australia), SABC News Radio, Arise America, ABCNews.com, and FoxNews.com. Serusha reports regularly for Channel News Asia, TRUE Africa and GOOD magazine.

Serusha also sits on the steering committee of a specialized team under the World Federation of Science Journalists working to improve health communication in communities across Africa affected by infectious diseases like Ebola and Yellow Fever. In addition, she is a Robert Wood Johnson fellow, a CNN International Journalist fellow (CJF), an IWMF fellow, a Carnegie Foundation grantee and a Reuters-Oxford fellow (RISJ).
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(BBC) Looking at the high levels of child murder in South Africa's Western Cape.

09 May 2020

(BBC) Africa grapples with clean energy conundrum - Africa is both the world's least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change.

09 May 2020

Africa grapples with clean energy conundrum

25 Feb 2020
Africa faces the challenge of expanding its energy supply to meet the needs of its growing population while also addressing climate change concerns. Investment in renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydropower is increasing, with significant projects underway across the continent. However, Africa's vast untapped oil and gas reserves are also being considered for development. South Africa, the continent's largest power producer, is struggling to transition from coal, which currently dominates its energy production. Initiatives like the US' Power Africa aim to produce cleaner energy, but the demand from Africa's rapidly growing population may outpace these efforts. The continent's energy future involves balancing economic growth with minimizing carbon emissions, possibly by integrating carbon-efficient technologies with existing systems.

The Best Bet For Stopping Outbreaks Isn’t Just A Vaccine

17 May 2016
Angola is experiencing its worst yellow fever outbreak in three decades, with nearly 300 deaths and 2,900 infections since December. The disease has spread to other countries, including Kenya and China, and there are concerns it could become a global pandemic. Unlike Ebola and Zika, yellow fever is preventable with a one-shot vaccine. However, low literacy rates in Angola have hindered effective communication and vaccination efforts. Organizations like Doctors of the World and Feed the Minds are working to educate communities and promote literacy to combat the outbreak. Health illiteracy is a significant barrier to disease prevention in regions like Angola.

Nocebo Effect: How Negative Thinking Affects Your Health

14 Oct 2015
The nocebo effect, a counterpart to the placebo effect, occurs when negative expectations influence the outcome of a treatment, such as experiencing side effects from a sugar pill believed to be a drug. John Kelley, Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School's Program in Placebo Studies, notes the power of imagination in activating brain regions associated with thought, worry, or pain. A review by the Technical University of Munich found the nocebo effect to be common, posing an ethical dilemma for doctors who must balance informing patients of potential risks with the possibility of inducing negative outcomes. Open-label placebo treatments are being explored as a way to harness positive expectations without deception.

The Ukrainian government has opened the Chernobyl site up to tourists to mark the 25h anniversary of the nuclear meltdown. This happened while the Fukushima Daiichi reactor in Japan experienced it's own nuclear crisis following the 2011 tsunami.

(The Daily Meal) They’ve been branded the unholy trinity of the processed food world, but most nutritionists actually laud these as essential components of a healthy diet, so they can’t be all that bad — can they?

03 Sep 2015  |  The Daily Meal
The article discusses the addictive nature of processed foods, which often contain high levels of salts, fats, and sugars. These ingredients are manipulated by the food industry to create a 'bliss point' that keeps consumers coming back for more. The article references the work of Michael Moss, Mark Hyman, and former FDA commissioner David Kessler, who criticize the processed food industry for exploiting our biological cravings. The health risks associated with these ingredients, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, are highlighted. The article suggests that while some processed foods can be part of a balanced diet, consumers should read food labels carefully and adhere to recommended daily allowances. The piece is part of a series by The Daily Meal exploring diet, nutrition, and health in America.

(CNN) -- Do you tend to forget things when you're stressed? Studies show that chronic stress can trigger long-term changes in your brain | Memory recall is worse with low vs. high levels of anxiety | Stress helps encode traumatic memories as a defense against future threats.

03 Sep 2015

10 Plants You Can Eat To Survive In The Wild

21 May 2014
The article discusses critical survival skills, specifically identifying edible plants in the wild. It highlights the importance of knowing which plants are safe to consume and which are poisonous. The article provides a list of edible plants, such as Amaranth and Burdock, detailing their appearance, nutritional value, and historical significance. It also mentions the Universal Edibility Test and warns about the characteristics of poisonous plants.

World Cup Food: 9 Brazilian Foods You'll Want To Try

24 Apr 2014
As the FIFA World Cup approaches, nearly half a million soccer fans are expected to visit Brazil, where they can experience the local culture and cuisine. Brazilian food, influenced by South America, Portugal, Spain, and Africa, is known for its unique and rich flavors. Ingredients like various potatoes, cassava, guaraná, açaí, cumaru, and tacacá are staples in Brazilian dishes, which are often rich and spicy. The article highlights dishes such as Feijoada, a bean stew considered the national dish, and Moqueca de Camarão, a flavorful fish stew with fried shrimp.

9 Countries That Eat Cats And Dogs

11 Apr 2014
A campaign in Shanghai encourages people to stop eating cats and dogs, a practice common in China and parts of Asia. Animal rights groups suggest appealing to public morals, as the Chinese government contemplates a ban. The consumption of cats and dogs, often seen as taboo in Western cultures, is a survival necessity in some regions, like war-torn Syria. Taiwan has a prolific underground trade despite a government ban, and in Hawaii, there have been reports of people eating stray cats and dogs, with a recent legislative attempt to ban the practice failing due to lack of concrete evidence.

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