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Focus on SMU reporter, Tumelo Moila had an exclusive interview with Dr Perpetua Modjadji, who recently obtained her second PhD qualification: Doctor of Public Health degree. Her thesis is titled: “Growth patterns and socio-cultural beliefs and practices in Dikgale, Limpopo Province: A mixed-method study of primary school children and their mothers”. In 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Sciences (majoring in Chemical Pathology), which studied the “Nutritional factors involved in development of neural tube defects in offspring of women residing in a high risk area” which proved the effectiveness of the South African Food Fortification Programme on the folate status of women of childbearing age, biochemically.

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