Our Work

Alcohol & Drug
Abuse Prevention

A large number of tertiary education students, as well as staff employed by universities and colleges, abuse alcohol and drugs.


The 2014 Statistics South Africa Report indicates a general prevalence of disability of 7.5% among the South African population.

Gender-Based Violence

For South African women, the lifetime risk of experiencing GBV is 45.6%, well above the global average of 35% (WHO 2013). Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of GBV and young women aged 16-25 years are especially vulnerable to rape (UNICEF).


TB is the top cause of death in the 15-24-year age group, and HIV ranks second, according to StatsSA.

LGBTQI Community

HIGHER HEALTH focuses on sections of the student population that experience various forms of discrimination or disadvantage and factors that constitute a potential health risk – including young women and LGBTQI students.

Mental Health

Young adults are considered to be the most at-risk group for depression. Nearly half of all deaths in the 15-24-year age group are due to interpersonal violence, suicides and accidents.

Sexual Reproductive Health

Accessible SRH services are essential for students. The Demographic and Health Survey of 2016 found 16% of women aged 15-19 years had given birth or were pregnant, and the median age at first pregnancy was 21.3 years.