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DOHaD Africa

The African Chapter of DOHaD is a globally connected virtual network focused on creating, communicating and translating the latest knowledge on the developmental origins of health and disease. We are committed to research and advocacy that will ensure the improvement of the health and well-being of everyone in Africa today and into the future.


International Society

The International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease was set up in 2003 to bring together scientists and clinicians from a wide range of disciplines – including social sciences, environmental sciences, health economics, as well as physical and biological sciences – that all contribute to determining the wider determinants of human and societal health.

Members share a commitment to advancing findings, exploring and testing health interventions and promoting policy changes based on our global research and collaborations.

Since 2009, Cambridge University Press in association with international DOHaD, has published the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (JDOHaD).

The International Society holds an international congress every two years. The next congress will be 27-31 August 2022 in Vancouver, Canada.

DOHaD Africa Chapter's virtual home is hosted by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.