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Research priorities to achieve Africa’s food security and nutrition needs

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The AAS is calling upon the diverse food security and nutrition stakeholders on the continent to participate in the prioritization survey to help set research priorities for the continent that will be followed by a call for proposals through the Grand Challenges Africa programme.
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Tanzanian traditional plant treats wounds

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There is increasing evidence of use of medicinal plants for treatment of a variety of skin conditions.
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Impacts of physical distancing for COVID-19 in Africa

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As efforts to develop a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 intensify, countries are relying on physical distancing among other measures to slow down COVID-19 transmission.
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Scrutinizing an emerging drug resistant Salmonella in Malawi

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In recent years, particularly in Africa, NTS has emerged as the most common bacterium isolated from the bloodstream of patients.
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Virtual reality gives African school children a glimpse into research

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Dr Kiyuka uses virtual reality technology to engage and immerse secondary school students in science. In this blog, she discusses how a virtual tour of a laboratory, showing the researchers at work in different departments, could help students learn about science and increase their understanding of research.

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The Big Picture (August 2020 Issue)

This August issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and includes an updated report on research and development goals for COVID-19 in Africa. It also includes a series of blogs and case studies from AAS' community of scientists covering genomics, using traditional medicinal plants, scrutinizing drug resistant Salmonella, exploring the adaptive capacities of fisheries and addressing deafness in Africa. This issue also features funding opportunities on migration research, environmental policy as well as the recently launched International Research Management Staff Development Programme.

The Big Picture (July 2020 Issue)

This July issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19, our 2019 annual updates and a series of blogs from AAS' community of scientists covering developing affordable titanium implants, harnessing solar power, improving blood screening and scientific priorities for climate change and maternal health. It also features funding opportunities in drug discovery, the recently launched International Research Management Staff Development Programme, and the call for applications for the AAS Affiliates Programme.

The Big Picture (June 2020 Issue)

This June issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and includes a report on physical distancing measures by African governments and its impact, it also highlights developing an African scientists directory, the AAS Future Campus, improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers and a blog from the former President of the Republic of Mauritius Professor Ameenah Gurib Fakim.

The Big Picture (May Issue)

This May issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on Africa's research priorities for COVID-19, AAS Future Campus, understanding African genes in the fight against malaria and ensuring equal opportunity for women in science. It also highlights funding opportunities in natural environment research, water pollutants, FLAIR fellowships and various science awards.

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This April issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the AAS' response to coronavirus in Africa, ensuring equal opportunity for women in science, improving indoor air quality and using nanomaterials to provide clean drinking water. It also highlights funding opportunities in biological sciences, healthy longevity and food systems.

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This March issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the Coronavirus situation in Africa, innovative methods to fight drug resistance and unveils the new GGC website. It also highlights funding opportunities in cancer prevention, snake bite research, climate resilience and land resource governance....

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Engaging Traditional Birth Attendants to Reduce Maternal Depression

(Photo Credits: Copyright : Healthline, Parenthood)

Christine Musyimi is a Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) grantee based in Kenya. GC Africa is an African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Programme that seeks to promote Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by awarding seed and full grants to the continent’s most impressive solutions.

GC Africa is implemented through AESA (Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa), a funding, agenda setting and programme management platform of the AAS in partnership with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD). GC Africa is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is implementing the African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme, which is engaging Africa’s science leaders and political stakeholders to identify the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development. Over a five-year period, the programme will be developing, publishing and disseminating to relevant stakeholders, a set of position papers communicating the top 10 scientific priorities for Africa. In this blog, AAS   Grand Challenges Africa members Dr Moses Alobo and Colette Adhiambo, detail the process for setting R&D priorities for maternal, neonatal and child health and why these are important for Africa.

Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices

Dr Sophie Uyoga is a medical research scientist, and an IDeAL fellow with an interest in blood transfusion and how to improve blood quality to aid patients’ recovery and survival post-transfusion. The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) is supported by the African Academy of Sciences programme, the Developing Excellence, Leadership and Training in Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa). IDeAl is a high-quality training programme that aims to develop outstanding young African scientists into world class research leaders. It is available to young researchers, from undergraduate research attachments to postdoctoral fellowships, with the aim of keeping scientists at African institutions through a defined programme of recruitment, supervision, mentorship, multidisciplinary approaches and clear career paths.

The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)

The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK.  

Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees

The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF) was set up by the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) and the African Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) in 2018 to foster south-south research collaborations and learning between the two ecosystems.

AIMF was set up in recognition of the fact that Africa and India face similar challenges, both in the diseases that affect their populations and socio-political issues as well as the leadership required to address these. AIMF catalyzes exchanges expected to enhance the skills of Indian and African researchers and contribute to the growth of knowledge and leadership towards common health challenges. So far, 8 African and Indian researchers have been supported through this Fund. Find their details here.

Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy

Non-renewable energy from fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil are used widely across the globe and particularly in Africa. Fossil fuels generate greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. This environmental problem and the ever-increasing demand for energy, has motivated researchers to look for alternative renewable energy sources.