the framework of the DASH study, primary schoolchildren in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, were examined with regard to
sensitization to frequent aero- (e.g. grass pollen, house dust mites and
cat epithelia) and food allergens as well as disorders from the so-called atopic group (allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, allergic asthma and neurodermatitis).
The aim of the project is to identify children with allergies in order to provide them with adequate therapy and to train the parents or legal guardians in dealing with the diseases. In addition, the results of these studies are to be correlated with the results obtained from the DASH study, in order to discover possible interrelationships between allergic diseases and e.g. worm infections or psychosocial health. The jury of the aha!award 2016 of the Allergy Center Switzerland awarded the study “Prevalence of sensitization against frequent allergens and atopic diseases in schoolchildren in Port Elizabeth, South Africa” with a prize. Further information can be found at www.aha.ch
The PasSPORT to Health Project was initiated in 2010 by Prof. Cheryl
Walter, from the Department of Human Movement Science (HMS), at the Nelson
Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The project is aimed at promoting physical
activity and sport in disadvantaged schools and communities in and around Port
Elizabeth. The project involves Human
Movement Science students who put theory into practice as they work with
schools and communities in sport development.
Three schools are selected annually to be a part of the project. Thus far, 18 schools and their communities have benefitted from their involvement in the project. Students and staff of the HMS department are challenged to create physical activity-friendly environments at schools and to promote sport development.
The interventions entail:
- simple court and wall markings for traditional games;
- activity circuits to promote fitness and motor development;
- basic sport equipment – netball posts, soccer and rugby posts, volleyball poles etc.;
- small sports equipment - balls for different sports, beacons, skipping ropes, exercise ladders, hula hoops, stopwatches, whistles, colour bands;
- leadership and
team building camps for youths; and
- sport coaching and
the training of coaches, for after-school sports programmes.
HMS students “put theory into practice”.
Students undertake a needs analyses, research various intervention
options, and present their ideas to staff of the three schools. Each
intervention is tailored to meet the circumstances and needs of the specific schools. Students were guided through the processes of
writing up funding proposals for the project, obtaining sponsorships/funding,
and then implementing the intervention at their respective schools, going
through the management processes of planning, organizing, leading and
The interventions are tailored to meet the schools’ needs and cost approximately R20 000 per school to implement (dependant on money raised). The PasSPORT to Health Project is a project of the Department of Human Movement Science at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. All funds sponsored are spent on the project schools and their communities.