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Africa’s First Online Clinical Trial Community

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The first of its kind on the continent, the CTC platform also links relevant initiatives that support the conduct of trials; enables timely ethics and regulatory review; and provides country level guidelines for import/export of relevant clinical supplies and bio-specimens.
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African Scientists Directory fosters collaboration, counters populism

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Hailed as a new online ‘yellow pages’ for African scientists, the directory initiative, which is co-funded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation, acknowledges the increasing importance attached to collaboration in the international academy, both in producing multi- and inter-disciplinary research and as a funding requirement.
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Scientists strengthen resolve to champion evidence use for development

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Since inception in 2018, ELA has been using various approaches to expand leadership for use of evidence in policy formulation and implementation by African governments.
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Improving mental health in patients with diabetes in Malawi

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Michaels’s study reveals that bridging the treatment gap by integrating depression screening and treatment into diabetes care in central Malawi is feasible and acceptable by health care workers.
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Exploring the genetic landscape of breast cancer in Ghana

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This study explores why breast cancer manifests aggressively in black women and provides a comprehensive genetic landscape to develop resources that could lead to novel molecular therapies.
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African and UK research management professionals co-create resources to improve the profession

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Following a rigorous selection process, 12 teams from Africa and UK were selected. The teams were consequently matched to form 6 international teams consisting of 57 individuals who will participate in the actual knowledge and culture exchange programme.
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Promoting innovations to advance food security and nutrition in Africa

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AESA has partnered with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to fund innovations for food security and nutrition, which can promote sustainable access to safe, nutritious and adequate food that lead to healthy and productive lives under the Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) programme.
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The inaugural photography competition for AAS Open Research is now open for entries

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Photography is a great way to capture and share a different side of your research with the world in an engaging and accessible way. That’s why we’re inviting members of the African research community to bring your research to life via a single visual image.
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AAS Fellow Elizabeth Bukusi nominated as one of the top 50 change makers in public health

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AAS Fellow Elizabeth Bukusi has been nominated as one of the top 50 change makers in public health by the University of Washington - School of Public Health for her work in Sexual Reproductive, Adolescent & Child Health
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Brucella found in Kenya’s rapidly growing pig sector

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This study is the first to detect and report Brucella infection in pigs in Africa using molecular techniques.
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Genomics is the key to understanding tuberculosis in Africa

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In this blog post, Kidist talks about her research with TBGENAfrica, understanding the impact of tuberculosis pathogenesis and pathology, and getting one step closer to eliminating Tuberculosis (TB), one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
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The secrets to commercializing R&D innovations and creating successful businesses

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Creating and sustaining successful businesses, most often with limited resources and little or no business acumen, can be incredibly challenging.
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Addressing hearing impairment in Ghana

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Most parts of Africa are burdened with severe genetic disorders which reduce the quality of life of people who are affected.
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Education is a vaccine that can improve the health of adolescents

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I was particularly delighted that the adolescents did a marvellous job of presenting their thoughts to stakeholders using the pictures they took at the photo exhibition.
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Antimicrobial status at the Human-Animal Interface in Kenya

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Milk is an essential and common nutrient. But mastitis, inflammation of the udder due to infection with microorganisms, is common in dairy cows and goats.
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The African Academy of Sciences Announces the Election of 2019 Fellows

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We are delighted to announce the election of 39 Fellows for the 2019 election year.
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White Paper: Harnessing Innovation and Emerging Technologies to Address the Impact of COVID-19 in Africa

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The High Level Panel has been constituted in recognition of the need to harness both existing and emerging innovations and technologies for the economic development of Africa.
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AAS Fellow Prof Deresh Ramjugernath appointed as SU's new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching

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Prof Deresh Ramjugernath (48), Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), is the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching at Stellenbosch University (SU).
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Do male and female farmers adopt different strategies to climate change?

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Women are more severely impacted than men as they face social, economic and political barriers that limit their access to resources, which can hinder their capacity to adapt.
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Contributing to the global efforts of eradicating malaria

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The WHO states that in the absence of efficient treatments or vaccines, vector control is the most effective method to prevent this disease.
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Vaccine design to kick immune response into high gear

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For the past two decades, advances in ART have transformed HIV-1 infection from a fatal disease into a chronic medical condition that in many instances does not compromise the quality of life.
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Identifying tuberculosis treatment gaps in Uganda

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In this blog, Kimuda discusses the major obstacles to the development of an effective vaccine against tuberculosis (TB).
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Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX Facility

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Geneva, 21 September 2020 – 64

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Assessing healthcare system support for diabetes in Malawi

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The health care system can make a critical contribution to supporting and empowering people living with diabetes (PLWD) by providing resources, knowledge and skills to enable them to control their diabetes and care for themselves.
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Repurposing carbon dioxide into useful energy chemicals

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In this blog, Gift Mehlana explains the motivation behind this research and how the captured gas is converted to provide energy for various applications in the chemical industry.
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Factors affecting child malnutrition in Ethiopia

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This study sheds light on the public health challenge of child malnutrition in Ethiopia, where it is a major impact on child survival and their ability to thrive.
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Assessing HIV testing data from healthcare facilities in Uganda

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Prevalence of facility testing was higher among females, married/cohabiting individuals and those who have only one sexual partner, although HIV prevalence within this population subgroup was lower.
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A Consensus Study Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing

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This report does not make judgments about whether any clinical uses of a safe and effective HHGE methodology, if established by pre-clinical research, should at some point be permitted.
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Continental bodies collaborate to boost science granting councils

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) h

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Engaging the youth as malaria ambassadors in Kenya

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Recent data show a global decline in new infections; however, in Africa, where the most infections and mortalities are reported, the decline is marginal, and compared to the rest of the world.
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Genomics research in controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases

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The study reveals that even from a genetic point of view, the different communities across Africa have coped differently to their co-existence with disease causing organisms.
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African Academy of Sciences loses a Fellow

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AAS sadly announces the passing away of Prof. Viness Pillay. Prof. Pillay was elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 2012.
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Bridging the gender gap for women in science in Africa

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Cognizant of the gender disparity in STEM, the AESA platform (Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa - a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)) with support from IAVI, a nonprofit scientific research organization, undertook a study to examine factors which contribute to or inhibit women from pursuing STEM careers in Africa.
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The true cost of doing research in African institutions

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Research institutions grapple with stalled or extended projects because their researchers underestimate the full cost of doing research.
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Addressing Long Term Care for Nigeria’s Aging Population

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Aging is associated with functional decline and health and social support needs. Traditionally, the responsibility of providing long term care and support for older persons has been accepted by African families.
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Teenagers drive TB awareness in Botswana

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Although, we have a vaccine administered at birth in most low-income countries, the protective effect of the vaccine wanes off at adolescence, and the risk of TB begins to rise from the age of 12 years, peaking among the 18-49 year age group.
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Africa in a ‘sweet spot’ to lead global collaborations

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Africa has a history of being exploited by Western scientists, with helicopter research frequently downplaying the input and expertise of African scientists. However, turning our backs on global partners is not the solution, says University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
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Strengthening the Capacity of Africa’s Science Granting Councils in Research Management

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to implement the second phase of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Research Management Project which will strengthen the capacities of Africa’s Science Granting Councils.
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Barriers to malaria interventions in Ghana

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Malaria in pregnancy can have a devastating effect on pregnant women and their unborn children. Consequently, various intervention measures have been put in place to prevent and manage malaria among pregnant women in endemic countries such as Ghana. However, malaria continues to afflict some pregnant women.
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Drivers of antimicrobial resistance in East Africa

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It is estimated that at least 700,000 people die annually from infections that are resistant to currently available antibiotics worldwide, and that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill an estimated 10 million people per year worldwide, including 4 million in Africa.
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Disruptive effects of waste water pollution on aquatic biodiversity

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One‐third of the drinking water necessary to sustain the world’s human population is obtained from surface water sources, which also serve as habitats for many amphibious and aquatic animals.
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How I successfully applied for a postdoctoral fellowship

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In April 2018, a request for applications was released for a prestigious APTI fellowship allowing Africans to spend two years at the NIH before returning to their home institutions where they are provided with 50% salary support for an additional two years to assist their transition into independent researchers.
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Engaging traditional birth attendants to reduce maternal depression

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There is an increase in the number of people with mental health problems in Africa and this unfortunately occurs on a backdrop of insufficient human resources to detect them. Most African governments have deployed psychiatrists to rural settings, but such visits are typically short-term, with practitioners moving onto private practice after about a month.
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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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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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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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Global research community asks for the right research in the right places for COVID-19

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In the absence of a vaccine and community-based treatment, we are reliant on public health measures to stop this pandemic.
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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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World’s First Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) Certification

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The GFGP standard is the world’s first international standard in grant management, developed by the African Academy of Sciences’ Global Grant Community through extensive consultation with grantees from across Africa and with support from some of the world’s largest public and private sector funders.
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Genetic diversity in Cameroon: an invisible obstacle in human genetic studies of malaria

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There is currently no approved vaccine against malaria, and first-line drugs (artemisinin derivatives) are inconsistently effective. Furthermore, the mosquitoes that transmit malaria are becoming resistant to the insecticides that are used to control them.
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Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today

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An African proverb says, ‘tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today,’ which is why I have joined the AAS Mentorship Scheme.
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Why Africa needs to address deafness

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Hearing impairment (HI) remains one of the most disabling congenital — present from birth — diseases. HI burden is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the world.
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Exploring the adaptive capacity of fisheries in Africa

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Increasing demand for water and associated ecosystem services is draining freshwater rivers and aquifers, while pollution and changing climate patterns are threatening the quality of aquatic resources of peri-urban lakes in impoverished and low-income African countries.
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Trust and accountability in managing public funds

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Strong trust and accountability should

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Is your Non-Profit Organization ready to be funded?

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Has your non-profit organization been receiving

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Seventeen early career scientists selected to attend the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

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Seventeen early career African scientists nomin

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The development of future generations of scientists cannot be left to chance

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Africa’s scientific development is dependent on sustaining a pipeline of researchers to generate and contribute knowledge for its development and to better the lives of its people. This pipeline encompasses early career, mid-career and senior scientists.
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AAS Fellow Prof Zeblon Vilakazi, appointed as Wits vice-chancellor

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The Council of the 

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What are Africa’s priorities for climate change?

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Africa contributes least to global greenhouse gas emissions at only 4% yet is hardest hit by the impacts of climate change.
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The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)

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This call for expressions of interest serves as an invitation to all research management professionals in Africa and UK working in academic and research institutions to lodge applications to participate in the programme.
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Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices

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Sophie is working on the first comprehensive study on donor blood in Africa. A better understanding of the quality of blood is important as this research will hopefully result in improved screening, storage and use of blood to effectively manage this limited resource and shape better policies for this medical procedure.
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Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa

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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 of the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development.
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Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees

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AIMF supports African and Indian researchers to conduct visits of three months in either direction. Funding supports collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.
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Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy

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Zebib and her team conducted some field work in the rural areas of Tigray region, Ethiopia, to understand the source and use of energy among households.
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Developing affordable titanium implants in Africa

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Bodunrin’s AESA-RISE research project focuses on developing low-cost titanium alloys by using a combination of different approaches.
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The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 11 June 2020)
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Enhancing collaboration to strengthen Africa`s clinical trial capacity through an online platform

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is today launching a first iteration of the Clinical Trials Community (CTC) online platform with features that will increase visibility of African clinical trial sites and investigators with potential to participate in COVID-19 clinical trials.
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Timelines for Next Steps in the 2020 GC Elections Process

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Dear AAS Fellows and Associate Fe

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Postdoc Spotlight—Meet Dr. Bartholomew Nyangahu - African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellow (APTI)

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Interview with Bartholomew Ondigo Nyangahu, Ph.

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From Africa to the World: Connecting African innovators and ideas to industry

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There is a disconnect between industry, angel d

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Making an impact through an innovation ecosystem to enhance Improved lives in Africa

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Simon Ndoria, Programme Officer at Gran

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Global Leaders Unlock Ways for Precision Medicine to Fight COVID-19, Cancers and Emerging Infectious Diseases

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  • The need to use precision medicine (incl
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Africa needs a strong cohort of drug discovery scientists to respond to the therapeutic needs of the continent 

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The common practice of using commercial market

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COVID-19: How Can China Help African Countries Have a Stake in the Race for a Vaccine?

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(courtesy: THE CHINA AFRICA PROJECT, 29 May 2020)
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What can we learn from the pandemic?

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(courtesy: THE STAR, 26 May 2020)
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African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need

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“Test, test, test” has been 

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Funding bold African innovations addressing health and development challenges

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Nairobi, Kenya, 22 May 2020 -

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COVID-19: Vaccine is Africa research priority

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(courtesy: SciDevNet)

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African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need

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(courtesy: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN, 18 May 2020)
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Why the rich must urgently help poor beat coronavirus

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(courtesy: STANDARD MEDIA, 17 May 2020)
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Improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers, a climate change adaptation strategy

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Despite dairy farming being one of the most important enterprises that dominates the economic activities of women in many West Africa countries, there has been limited research carried out to help them adapt to climate change.
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COVID-19: Vaccine is Africa research priority

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(courtesy: SciDevNet, 13 May 2020)
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Africa Academy of Science institutes $2.8million COVID-19 research fund

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(courtesy: Business Ghana, 12 May 2020)
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This is the best time to plan for urban Africa’s next health emergency

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Health, it turns out, is everybody’s business.

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African scientists sense a once-in-a-life opportunity to push for research funding

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(courtesy: Quartz Africa, 11 May 2020)
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TWAS statement on COVID-19 pandemic

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International collaboration in combating the pa

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Recipients of the 2020 FLAIR fellowships announced

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The African Academy of Sciences and the

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Africa's struggle with inadequate COVID-19 testing

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(courtesy: The Lancet Microbe, 11 May 2020)
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Africa Academy of Science institutes $2.8million COVID-19 research fund

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(courtesy: Ghana News Agency, 09 May 2020)
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$2.8million COVID-19 Research Set Up For Africa

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(courtesy: Modern Ghana, 09 May 2020)
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Billions of dollars need to be mobilised to combat COVID-19

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As self-isolation and self-quarantine, lockdown

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“The reality is, when it comes to women’s leadership, we are all behind”

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The African Academy of Sciences Fellow

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Understanding African genes in the fight against Malaria

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Delesa Damena, is an Ethiopian genetici

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African scientists identify coronavirus priorities

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(courtesy: Research Professional News, 30 Apr 2020)
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Keeping COVID-19 at bay in Africa

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(courtesy: The Lancet, 29 Apr 2020)
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The COVID-19 pandemic is giving African scientists a chance to shine

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By proving themselves in coronavirus response,

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Abdool Karims Receive Prestigious Global Health Award

AAS Fellows and Epidemiologists 

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COVID-19 African Research Efforts - Take the Survey

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) through i

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Pandemic is giving African scientists a chance to shine

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(courtesy: Research Professional News, 23 Apr 2020)
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Evidence Leaders Africa (ELA) Conference for AAS Scholars and Researchers postponed

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Thank you for responding to our call for abstra

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Taiwan, vaccines, Africa preparedness

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(courtesy: BBC, The Evidence, 15 Apr 2020)
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Africa’s scientists have had to pick testing over genome sequencing for a coronavirus vaccine

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(courtesy: Quartz Africa, 13 Apr 2020)
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Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 06 Apr 2020)
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Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

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Clinical trials are the foundation of any new m

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Academic communities respond to society’s needs

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(courtesy: University World News, 06 Apr 2020)
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Supporting organizations to quickly respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

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“In this global crisis, it is important for org

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Nurturing and supporting the next generation

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Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have always

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Coronavirus will play out very differently in world's poorest nations

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(courtesy: New Scientist, 03 Apr 2020)
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Watch the AAS COVID-19 Webinar

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The African Academy of Sciences to elect new members of the Governing Council

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In July 2020, the three-year term of our current Governing Council (GC) will expire. As such, we have begun an election process to vote for new members of the GC...
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Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking

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(courtesy: THE SCIENTIST, 30 Mar 2020)
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Improving mental health outcomes for bipolar disorder in Ethiopia

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There is a huge treatment gap in bipolar disorder partly because of the stigmatization of mental health in Africa but also because there is limited data reflecting the burden of mental health diseases in low-and middle-income countries.
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Transforming cooking in households to improve air quality

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Cooking should be a safe and healthy skill, but it is costing the health, and even the lives, of women in Kenya and Africa.
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Small but mighty – using nanomaterials to provide communities with clean drinking water

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Tiny technology with life-changing pote

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Promoting the inclusion of more African women in science

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In Côte d'Ivoire significant gains have been made in improving education outcomes. However, there are still high illiteracy levels among women. In Malawi, women are under-represented in research with less than 1 in 5 researchers being women. Socio-cultural barriers have contributed to the under-representation of females in science-related careers...
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African innovators to improve access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene

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Seven African innovators are being funded to the tune of $100,000 each to create technology-based solutions to improve access to water and sanitation. The technology will support the most vulnerable communities living in cities thus reducing gender-based violence and improving living conditions...
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African innovators tackle antimicrobial resistance

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11 innovators from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa funded to characterise the magnitude of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Africa over two years.Evidence generated will be used to develop relevant technologies and products to respond to AMR...
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Forty promising African early career scientists selected

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40 early career scientists drawn from 19 countries across the five African regions have been selected as Affiliate members of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). The new cohort of Affiliates will receive training and mentorship over a five-year period 2020-2024.
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AAS Fellow Prof Tumani Corrah Awarded Honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen

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Professor Tumani Corrah, Emeritus Director of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been appointed honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his services to medical research in sub-Saharan Africa.
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$72M invested to accelerate research in Africa

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$72M has been invested into the second phase of the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa) programme, a flagship programme of the AAS.
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We are using computer models to fight drug resistance

The infectious disease burden in Africa is very high, particularly for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/AIDS. In 2018, nearly a quarter (24%) of TB cases in the world were in Africa. The region accounted for 93% of malaria cases. The continent also bears the brunt of the HIV epidemic: 20.6 million of the 37.9 million people living with HIV are in eastern and southern Africa....
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African Researchers Tackle Infectious Diseases

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Five African scientists have received funding to conduct research that will contribute to global efforts to reduce the burden and threat of locally relevant infectious diseases in Africa.
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African Academy of Sciences saddened at grantee Dr Kouassi Richard M’bra’s death

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The African Academy of Sciences is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Kouassi Richard M’bra who died tragically in a car accident on 16 November 2019 in Côte d'Ivoire. He was 39.
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A Grand Challenges Africa Opportunity: Funding to improve maternal and child health in Africa

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Grand Challenges Africa grantee Christine Musyimi who received funding in 2017 to train Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to screen for depression in more than 1,700 pregnant women in under-resourced areas in Kenya and has contributed to improving the mental wellbeing of mothers and ensured safe deliveries of their babies.
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Prof Isabella Quakyi Wins the 2019 Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal

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Professor Isabella A. Quakyi, an AAS Fellow in the field of Biosciences, received the 2019 Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, for her important contributions to the understanding and control of tropical diseases.
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South Africa is one step closer to processed titanium alloys

William Gregor, an amateur mineralogist and chemist, first discovered ilmenite – some black sand containing one of the world’s lightest metals – in the UK in 1791. Four years later, this light metal was isolated and named “titanium” by a German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth...
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Winners of the Africa Science Desk Journalism prize are announced

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The African Academy of Sciences is excited to be announcing the three African journalists — from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa —who are the winners of the 2019 Africa Science Desk Journalism Awards.
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Regional partnership promoting high-impact ideas for a healthier Africa is announced

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Through this partnership, the AAS and WHO will work together to promote the wide availability of quality, safe, effective, affordable and sustainable high-impact health interventions that benefit the public.
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We have moved our domain to .africa

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Since time immemorial, Africa has led and contributed to the advancement of knowledge globally. From the great pyramids in Giza, Egypt that made use of local's expertise in mathematics and geometry...
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Mental health promotion, suicide prevention

Today, Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Mental Health Day celebrated on October 10 each year. This year’s theme, “Mental health promotion and suicide prevention” speaks to the urgent call to reduce the increasing trend of suicidal behaviours across the world...
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African scientists map the genomic resources of the continent

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Up to 300 African scientists are converging in Accra, Ghana, this week to map out progress of a multi-million, multi-country and multi-year genomic research programme to increase understanding of how human genes and the environment...
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African innovators discovering new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa

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"Diseases considered to be of the poor face a market bias that has hampered the discovery of drugs to treat them. The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), and her partners; the University of Cape...
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Today's Faces of Sickle Cell Disease: Kolapo Oyebola, Ph.D.

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His story: Kolapo Oyebola, Ph.D., was born in Nigeria, where half the cases of sickle cell disease worldwide can be found. This tragic fact has marked Oyebola’s life and career choices. Now as a researcher at the University of Lagos, he has made it his mission to help strengthen sickle cell disease research in his country.
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Social support on caregivers’ mental health

Giving birth to a healthy child is the ultimate dream for all expecting couples. Unfortunately, this is not always the case if a child is born with a disability. The dynamics become even more complex if the child is diagnosed with a life-time condition such as cerebral palsy....
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Fresh ideas engaging the public in science funded

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Thirteen African scientists have received funding to implement innovative community and public engagement projects. These engagement projects move African science towards people-centred approaches of conducting research promoting societal impact of health research. The 13 are...  
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Drawing on expertise and strengths amongst African and Chinese scientists

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History was made on September 2, 2019 at the African Academy of Sciences  (AAS) headquarters in Nairobi, when the President of the Academy Prof Felix Dapare Dakora and  Prof Chunli Bali, President of the Chinese...
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African universities battle to attract post-doctoral researchers. Here’s why

Postdoctoral training is vital for new PhD graduates. This is a period of “apprenticeship” for a newly-minted researcher to hone their skills in a research environment. It typically follows completion of the doctoral degree....
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Calling for applications: Africa Science Desk Journalism Awards

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is launching the Africa Science Desk Journalism Awards to recognise and honour excellent reporting on science and scientific innovation in Africa. The awards also aim to improve and...
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An affordable HIV drug resistance assay for Botswana

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Progress is being made on research towards an HIV cure in South Africa, and efforts towards the development of a low cost HIV drug resistance assay (70% lower cost - from $100-$200 to $40-$70), that...
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Improving understanding of the malaria parasite and laying the ground work for vaccines

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Project reveals 14 parasitic proteins associated with parasite transmission. The functional characterization of these proteins can provide a potential target for drugs and vaccines that block malaria transmission. Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is the first-line...
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Existing test for heart conditions modified to suit low income settings

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Scientists in Uganda have modified an international test for diagnosing acute rheumatic fever, a heart disease to enable primary health care workers to diagnose this condition in settings where there are no doctors or heart...
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Do HIV patients recover completely after long term treatment?

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“When HIV began, people were worried about dying. But with ARVs [anti-retroviral drugs], people are living longer and science is discovering other challenges brought by the disease,” says Damalie Nakanjako, a group leader at Makerere...
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But adolescents die and that's why I wanted to do this research!

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Nicole De Wet, CARTA Cohort One fellow, has been feted for her work in identifying risk factors that compromise adolescent survival. The award, 200 Young South Africans 2018 by the Mail and Guardian (M&G), for...
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Ivorian scientists contribute to WHO protocol for eliminating rabies

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Scientists in Côte d’Ivoire contributed to the adoption of a new World Health Organization (WHO) cost-effective protocol for eliminating rabies that reduces the number of shots a patient has to take by half. Andree Prisca...
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WACCBIP researchers discover new simpler technique for monitoring mysterious behaviour of malaria parasites

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Researchers at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) discovered a simple and cheap technique for culturing the malaria parasite in the lab that has revealed new traits of the parasite...
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Zimbabwean scientist seeks to contribute to improving quality of life for people with HIV

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HIV can affect the brain and result in cognitive problems commonly referred to as HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in approximately 50% of people living with HIV. This results in memory, language, problem solving, attention...
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Kenyan researcher investigates enteropathogen burden in the post-vaccine era

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For the first time, the full picture of enteropathogens in circulation in coastal Kenya is being painted using modern quantitative molecular techniques, according to results of a study conducted by Dr  Charles Agoti, a molecular...
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Study to aid in the early detection and treatment of cancer

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A Sudanese scientist, Mohanad Mohamed, has used next generation gene expression data to aid in early detection and classification of cancer outcomes in South Africa. The implications for public health policy have been taken up...
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Information on the launching workshop of the CR4D AAS research project

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As part of the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) initiative of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), the research consortium composed by the Centre for Ecological Monitoring (CSE), the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and...
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African Scientists to be Profiled at Landmark Scientific Meeting

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The DELTAS Africa Scientific Conference, themed, ‘ A critical mass: developing world class research leaders’ will be the first in Francophone Africa, demonstrating The African Academy of Science’s commitment to break language and geographical barriers...
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The AAS holds inaugural public lecture

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is introducing a Public Lecture Series to provide a unique platform to raise the profile of science and to stimulate and shape public participation and discourse on topical...
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Time to bring Africa’s health solutions home

In pockets of excellence and with resounding success, African researchers are illustrating that the continent has the capacity to address its own health challenges, given a conducive environment and sufficient investment.
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Four early career African scientists selected to meet Nobel Laureates

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Four early career African scientists will join 600 outstanding undergraduate, PhD and postdoctoral students from across the globe to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is this year dedicated to physics. The African...
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A fellow’s mission: Strengthen sickle cell research in Africa

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New Fellowships Bring African Scientists to Train at NIH

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What defines good research management practice?

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Cutting edge research is gaining momentum across Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there are critical gaps within research organizations such as clear research strategies and priorities, and fragmented research policies against a backdrop of competing funder priorities...
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Fellows of The AAS Champion use of Evidence in Decision-making

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) hosts a large network of eminent, midcareer and upcoming scientists working in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and generating evidence to drive sustainable development across the African continent...
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21 innovative research projects funded to tackle climate change in Africa

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Awardees comprise scientists from west, east, central and southern African countries, such as, Benin, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.Over half of the selected scientists...
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The African Academy of Sciences and Royal Society announce further recipients of 2019 FLAIR scheme

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Royal Society have announced a further eight recipients of the FLAIR fellowship scheme. FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) is a programme of The AAS and Royal...
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WACCBIP researchers discover new simpler technique for monitoring mysterious behaviour of malaria parasites

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Researchers at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) have discovered a simple and cheap technique for culturing the malaria parasite in the lab that has revealed new its traits of...
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Meet DELGEME Post-Doc, PhD and MSc fellows (2016-2017)

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The Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME) program presents the portraits of Post-Doc, PhD and MSc Fellows selected from the 2016-2017 call for candidates...
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AMARI 2018 ASM: “Building networks for mental health research excellence in Africa”

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The African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) held its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on the 15 and 16 March 2018 in Malawi at the Bingu Wa Mutharika Convention Centre in Lilongwe. The two-day event was...
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Why I train grandmothers to treat depression

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Dixon Chibanda, the lead PI at the DELTAS Africa funded African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) was recently featured on TED Talks to speak on his unique approach to treating mental illness - the Friendship...
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One in two-stroke patients suffer dementia

Dr Rufus Olusola Akinyemi, is a physician – Sci

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Scientists to champion use of evidence by African governments 

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The African Academy for Sciences (The AAS) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are launching a two-year programme to promote the systematic use of evidence in policymaking in Africa. The Evidence Leaders in...
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African Postdoctoral Training Initiative fellow looks forward to collaborating within NCI

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Rania Labib, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in

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Africa’s future scientific leaders

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Together with the Royal Society, we hosted 30 early career scientists for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) induction workshop on 4-5 April in Naivasha, Kenya. The picturesque environment in Naivasha provided a...
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The African Academy of Sciences and Royal Society announce the African recipients of £25M FLAIR scheme

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Up to 30 early career African scientists get £300,000 (US$391,500) each over 2 years. Scheme supports African citizens establishing an independent research career on the continent African researchers using their expertise to address the...
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Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics research

For several months, my friend’s father lay helpless in one of Nairobi’s premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis. At one point, the attending doctor suggested he was suffering from psychosomatic pain. In other words...
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African Academy of Sciences and the South African Medical Research Council tackle antimicrobial resistance in Africa

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29 March 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya & Cape Town, South Africa | The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) today announced an investment of $2 million to fund...
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The AAS hosts the European Research Council President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

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ERC President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and European Union Representatives visit Nairobi to champion opportunities for research cooperation between Europe and AfricaToday, representatives of the European Union and European Research Council (ERC) President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon...
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A Grand Challenges Africa Funding Opportunity: Using Data to improve Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

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​​​​​​​Globally, there is an ongoing burden of 5.4 million deaths annually, that includes neonatal deaths (2.5 million), stillbirths (2.6 million), and maternal deaths (0.3 million).  Africa, with only 17% of the world’s population, carries nearly...
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15 African researchers to receive £1.5M to conduct research on impacts of climate change in Africa

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More than any other continent, Africa is already bearing the impact of the instability of the climate system as evidenced by increasingly unpredictable patterns of precipitation and high temperatures. These trends have devastating impacts on...
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The African Academy of Sciences Announces New Game Changing Programme to Strengthen Research Management in Africa

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is today announcing the Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa). This programme will strengthen institutional research management functions and therefore maximise researchers time spent on research and...
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Networking Early Career Scientists

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There are no words to express how valuable the experience of attending the annual Grand Challenges Annual Meeting has been for me. The Strengthening African R &D: A dialogue with African Diaspora in the Unites...
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Reversing Brain Drain Through DELTAS Africa

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Ten years ago, Lily Paemka left Ghana for the United States to pursue her PhD studies and stayed. Her talent and skill could have been lost to Ghana forever had the West African Centre for...
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Reversing Brain Drain Through DELTAS Africa

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Ten years ago, Lily Paemka left Ghana for the United States to pursue her PhD studies and stayed. Her talent and skill could have been lost to Ghana forever had the West African Centre for...
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Developing Africa’s Scientific Leaders

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Mercy Derkyi, a social development worker entered into a career in academics in 2013. She joined the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana as a lecturer. Her late entry with academics required her to...
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Networking Early Career Scientists

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There are no words to express how valuable the experience of attending the annual Grand Challenges Annual Meeting has been for me. The Strengthening African R &D: A dialogue with African Diaspora in the Unites...
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Developing Africa’s Scientific Leaders

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The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) was one of the ways Derkyi enhanced her research capability and publication. She was one of the first fellows of CIRCLE in 2015, which enabled her...
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Supporting Plan S, a model making research accessible and advancing science globally

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The African Academy of Sciences, the Continent’s leading pan-African, cross-field promoter and supporter of scientific research in Africa, today endorsed the progressive open publishing position, Plan S, of the European Union. Plan S is an...
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AAS appoints Elizabeth Marincola as Senior Advisor for Communications and Advocacy

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Marincola, a prominent science advocate and publisher, as its Senior Advisor for Communications and Advocacy, effective 3 January 2017. Marincola served...
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R10 million to support innovative health technologies in maternal and neonatal care across Africa

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24 January 2017 | Cape Town | Prominent research and development agencies have formed an intra – African collaboration in an effort to fund, conduct and facilitate research projects that will effectively target the continent’s...
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15 African researchers to receive £1.5M to conduct research on impacts of climate change in Africa

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In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Special Report on the Implications of 1.5 degrees warming (SR 1.5), and shortly thereafter UN Environment published its 2018 Emissions Gap Report. The...
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Academy Launches Global Standard for Transparent Research and Humanitarian Funding

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) today launches the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP), a global standard to promote transparency and strengthen the governance of grant funding worldwide. The GFGP standard, developed in collaboration...
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Seven early career scientists awarded AESA-RISE Postdoctoral fellowships

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9 November 2018 – As the world celebrates the World Science Day for Peace and Development on Saturday, 10 November 2018, The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and partners will celebrate by awarding seven...
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New Afro-German partnership to accelerate progress to achieve SDGs for health

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16 October 2018-The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announce a broad and transformative partnership to provide coordinated global...
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Do you have a great idea to tackle water, sanitation and hygiene challenges?

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19 September 2018-The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and partners today announced new funding for technology-based solutions to improve access to water and sanitation. About 4.5 billion people worldwide lack access to sanitation while...
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Rwanda leads the way in the adoption of a global standard to strengthen the governance of grant funding

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Rwanda has broken new ground to become the first African country to adopt a global standard that promotes transparency and strengthens the governance of grant funding worldwide. The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and...
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How Can Africa Prevent the Next Haemorrhagic Fever Crisis? Invest in Research and Development

In 2014, West Africa encountered its worst recorded outbreak of Ebola with over 11,000 reported deaths. The memory of this crisis hadn’t faded yet when Ebola reared its ugly head again this month in the...
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The African Academy of Sciences and partners invest in drug discovery in Africa

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), University of Cape Town (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have committed funding for the discovery...
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Sub-Saharan Africa to receive £25M in new programme aimed at early career scientists

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A new sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships, opens for applications today (15 May 2018). The scheme offers talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become...
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Six early career scientists selected to attend Lindau meetings

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Six early career African scientists nominated by the African Academy of Sciences have been selected to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting slated for June this year. The 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which...
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AAS Open Research publishes first articles showcasing scientific research from Africa

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Today marks the first day of publication for AAS Open Research, a dedicated open access platform for researchers associated with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and programs supported through its funding platform, the Alliance...
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AFRICA’S DEFENSE AGAINST NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Losing my father to a stroke—a “non-communicable disease”—was difficult to come to terms with. Like many doctors and academics across Africa, I had dedicated most of my career to studying communicable disease; specifically, I spent...
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Experts from the Global South urge developing countries to lead on solar geoengineering research

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The African Academy of Sciences and partners are today announcing two mobility funds, the Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa and the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), aWriting in Nature today, a group of 12...
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African Academy of Sciences and the South African Medical Research Council tackle antimicrobial resistance in Africa

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29 March 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya & Cape Town, South Africa | The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) today announced an investment of $2 million to fund...
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African Academy of Sciences and partners launch researcher mobility funds Collaboration among African and Indian scientists to be facilitated

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The African Academy of Sciences and partners are today announcing two mobility funds, the Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa and the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), aimed at increasing scientific collaboration among African and...
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Launch of the Commonwealth Academies of Science consensus statement on climate change

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The African Academy of Sciences has joined science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change. The call...
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Study calls for reform of national STI policies

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Nairobi, Kenya, 22 February- A study published today by the African Academy of Sciences is calling for reform of African national science, technology and innovation policies to augment development that drives progress in achieving Sustainable...
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African scientists drive genomics research to tackle diseases endemic to Africa

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Nairobi, Kenya, 8 February 2018 The African Academy of Sciences is awarding $11 million to four leading African researchers for cutting edge research to accelerate the use of genomics to better understand how the environment...
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AAS programme intensifies support for research tackling climate change

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Nairobi, Kenya, 8 February 2017–  The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) have selected 37 African researchers for the third cohort of a programme supporting early career researchers to...
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African Innovation Foundation and African Academy of Sciences sign MoU to drive STI-led research into solutions addressing challenges across the continent

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Nairobi, Kenya| Thursday, 16 November 2017:  The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) today in Nairobi, to create more value and enhance cooperation, interaction...   
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African Academy of Science to put its research on global stage with innovative new publishing platform

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The African Academy of Sciences, in partnership with F1000, is launching a publication platform, AAS Open Research, to enable AAS funded and affiliated researchers to publish immediately and without barriers. AAS Open Research will showcase...
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Kevin Marsh Wins 2017 Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease

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Kevin Marsh, Director of the Africa Oxford Initiative, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Senior Advisor at the African Academy of Sciences has been selected to receive a Drexel Prize for...
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Tom Kariuki appointed Honorary Professor of a prestigious UK university

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Dr Thomas Kariuki has been awarded an Honorary Professorship at LSTM. Dr Kariuki is Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative launched in 2015 by the African Academy...
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AAS expresses condolences for the death of its founding Vice President Prof Francis Allotey

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The African Academy of Sciences wishes to express its condolences to the Allotey family and the Ghanaian scientific community for the death of its founding Fellow Prof. Francis. K. A. Allotey. Prof Allotey died...
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Evelyn Gitau steps down as Grand Challenges Africa Programme Manager

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The African Academy of Sciences wishes to announce the departure of Dr Evelyn Gitau as the Programme Manager for Grand Challenges Africa with effect from 31 October 2017. Grand Challenges Africa is one of the...
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Eight bold innovators selected for $1 M in funding

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Nairobi, Kenya, 28 September 2017 –  The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) today announced funding for eight African innovators to tackle maternal, neonatal...
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AAS provides funding to build Africa’s science journalism capacity

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Grahamstown, South Africa, 1 September 2017–The African Academy of Sciences today launches a project to provide funding for building the capacity of science journalists and improving the coverage of science on the continent over the...
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AAS announces appointment of new Executive Director

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The African Academy of Sciences Governing Council is today announcing the appointment of Prof Nelson Torto, a prolific analytical chemist, as its Executive Director of the Academy with effect from 14 August 2017. Torto, who...
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DELTAS Africa Annual Grantees Meeting 2017

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On 3-5 July the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) will host the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Annual Grantees Meeting in Accra, Ghana.Launched in 2015 by the...
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Meeting showcases Africa’s ground breaking health research

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Some of Africa’s most prominent scientific researchers will gather to share their groundbreaking work in Accra, Ghana, from 3-5 July 2017. The scientists, representing 54 institutions in 21 countries across the continent, are participating in...
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Meeting showcases Africa’s ground breaking health research

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Some of Africa’s most prominent scientific researchers will gather to share their ground breaking work in Accra, Ghana, from 3-5 July 2017. The scientists, representing 54 institutions in 21 countries across the continent, are participating...
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AAS elects new members of the Governing Council

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The African Academy of Sciences is today inaugurating a new Governing Council led by prominent scientist Prof Felix Dapare Dakora who will be President of the Academy for a three-year term running from 2017-2020. The...
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SANTHE's Prof Thumbi Ndung'u wins $2.8 million Gilead grant

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Thumbi Ndung'u, SANTHE Programme Director, has been awarded a $2,842,000 USD grant by Gilead Sciences for a project entitled “The FRESH study: Females Rising through Education, Support and Health (FRESH) Acute HIV Infection Cohort”.This is...
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Young African scholars selected to attend prestigious Nobel Laureate meetings

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Nine outstanding young African scholars nominated by the African Academy of Sciences have been selected to participate in two prestigious Nobel Laureate meetings. The academics will participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated...
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SANTHE’s Dr Zaza Ndhlovu awarded $650 000 research scholarship

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Dr Zaza Ndhlovu, Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) Researcher/Supervisor and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), has been selected for the Howard Hughes...
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APHRC included in 2016 list of top global think tanks

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The African Population and Health Research Center was on 26 January ranked among some of the world’s leading think tanks and research institutions, due largely to its continued commitment to promoting an evidence-informed approach to...
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AAS-AESA announces US$2 million investment to boost Africa’s scientific capacity

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The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and its partners today announced a US$2 million programme, which will train postdoctoral researchers to support globally...
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Pioneering research tests why some TB bacteria survives treatment

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Meet Patience Shumba. She is a Master’s degree student whose ambition is to contribute to the development of a shorter treatment regime for tuberculosis. Shumba is one of the fellows of the Sub-Saharan African Network...
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The art of science: Africa Health Research Institute hosts an exhibition of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017

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Twenty-two of the world’s most incredible science images are on display at SANTHE’s Lead Institute - the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) - in Durban, South Africa for the next month.The Wellcome Image Awards 2017...
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African Academy of Sciences names Dr Tom Kariuki Interim Executive Director and bids farewell to Professor Berhanu Abegaz

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The Governing Council of the African Academy of Science (AAS) has appointed Dr Tom Kariuki as Interim Executive Director, to serve from 7 March 2017 until a new Executive Director is selected. Dr Kariuki is...
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Africa’s future depends on its scientists. Time to stop the brain drain

Africa’s future lies in the hands of its scientists. From urbanisation to agriculture, climate change to pandemics, Africa needs science, technology and innovation (STI) to secure a prosperous and sustainable future...
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Challenges and opportunities for chemistry in Africa

Chemistry education and research in Africa are challenging —a fact that is clearly reflected in publication metrics. Yet this is far from the full story on a continent that has youth on its side, a...
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Africa in transition: the case of malaria

One of the most dramatic ongoing transitions in health in Africa is what is happening with malaria...
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Africa produces just 1.1% of global scientific knowledge - but change is coming

AESA (the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa), of which I am the director, has been founded by the African Academy of Sciences and the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development...
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How a gene test can solve side effects linked to ARV drugs in Africa

Antiretrovirals have significantly improved the lives of people living with HIV. Today there are more than 17 million people on treatment and the number of deaths from the disease has been drastically reduced...
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Why it’s time African researchers stopped working in silos

Africa must take the initiative to lead its science and developmental agenda even as it receives global support. Collaboration will amalgamate different voices and ideas to promote and conduct research relevant to the continent’s needs...
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Africa needs to fund and support its scientists

It is important for governments and businesses to fund innovation so that innovators can continue to search for solutions to Africa’s problems.
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African governments must urgently invest in science and research

Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius and AAS Fellow Africa will continue to be held back if we do not immediately invest in research and development...
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To end poverty, put science at the heart of development

If you’re reading this, we’re pretty sure that you do as well. You will probably already know about the enormous progress being made – that between 1990 and 2015, the global under-five death rate, the...
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Why India & Africa need aligned health research strategies

Africa and India should learn from each other on research capacity, programmes, translation and innovation.
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How African can close its continent-wide science funding gap

African science needs billions – not millions – of dollars in investment. If the continent wants to achieve even the world average for the number of researchers per head of population, it will need to rapidly...
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Africa’s innovators for Africa’s challenges

Grand Challenges Africa is a partnership among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). There are times when...
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DELTAS Africa financial reporting workshop in Johannesburg

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DELTAS Africa has organised a two-day workshop which, will be held on 23-24th January 2017 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg in South Africa. The aim is to familiarise finance managers from partner institutions with...
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DELTAS PI Appointed Head:School of Public Health at Wits University

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Prof. Chirwa is a seasoned academic, established public health researcher and biostatistician, with exceptional credentials in infectious disease epidemiology and more recently in non-communicable diseases. He has a special research interest in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis...
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Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa to Ignite Innovation in Africa

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With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AESA will commit US$ 7 Million in innovation grants to catalyse pioneering research to achieve health and development outcomes. The African Academy of Sciences and the...
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Centre of gravity for African research funding shifts closer to Africa

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The Wellcome Trust is shifting the centre of gravity of its funding for African science from the UK to the continent itself by handing over two major research programmes to the African Academy of Sciences...
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Using gene drives

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On 11 October 2016 the African Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) convened a roundtable discussion on the potential of gene drive technology for malaria control. The roundtable...
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The African Academy Of Sciences Issues Formal Protest At The Racist Remarks Made About Africa, Haiti And El Salvador By The American President, Donald Trump

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) condemns in no uncertain terms the racist remarks made by President Donald Trump about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. We call upon all National Academies worldwide, members of the...
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Research boost creates more opportunities for African scientists

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African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. The Wellcome Trust has committed...
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African scientists gather for Grand Challenges Africa meeting

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From Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 February, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellenc e in Science in Africa (AESA) will convene 300 of the most promising innovators in Africa, for the 2016 Grand...
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The AAS Develops A Standard For Good Financial Grant Practice

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The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is developing an innovative pan-African standard in Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) for research and academic institutions and not for profit organisations. The GFGP is an initiative being...
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African Leaders, International Partners Launch New Initiatives to Spur Scientific Research in Africa

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Today, African and international partners launched the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), a new initiative that aims to help drive Africa’s research agenda and build scientific capacity across the continent. AESA...
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The African Academy of Sciences unveils a historical mathematical tool

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) will today unveil an enlarged replica of the Ishango bone, a 22,000 year old animal bone discovered in Ishango in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and believed to...
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Kenyan masters graduate finds a PhD scholarship through CBRM

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An African Academy of Sciences mentorship programme has enabled Lucy Macharia, a masters graduate from Kenya’s University of Nairobi, to find a PhD scholarship and carve her career path.When my masters supervisor Dr Marianne Mureithi...

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The Big Picture (November 2020 Issue)

This November issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and features a media article on Africa’s low death rates. It includes a series of blogs from AAS' community of scientists covering tuberculosis treatment gaps, eradicating malaria, farmers adapting to climate change and commercialising research and development innovations.  Scientists are funded through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), a funding, agenda-setting and programme management initiative created in 2015 through a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), founding and funding global partners, and through a resolution of the summit of African Union Heads of Governments.

The Big Picture (October 2020 Issue)

This October issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and highlights IAPs communiqué on the development and distribution of vaccines. It includes a series of case studies from AAS' community of scientists covering malnutrition, malaria, genomics and HIV prevalence rates. It also features a blog on research costing.

The Big Picture (September 2020 Issue)

This September issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and includes surveys to collate scientist's experiences for procuring R&D reagents and equipment and to map out Research & Development interventions. It also includes a series of blogs and case studies from AAS' community of scientists covering priorities to achieve Africa’s food security, reducing maternal depression, barriers to malaria interventions and effects of waste water pollution. This issue also features opportunities in horticulture, environmental policy, media and advocacy training. 

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.

The Big Picture

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.

The Big Picture

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....

The Big Picture

This January/February issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the inclusion of more African women in science, unveils the new cohort of AAS Affiliates and promotes the second phase of the DELTAS Africa programme. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in research.   

Interesting science news from across the continent

This November/December issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the recent partnership between AAS and WHO, processing titanium alloys and why African scientists should apply for the Africa India Mobility Fund. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in research.

Origin of modern humans 'traced to Botswana'

This October issue of the AAS Big Picture showcases science in Africa tracing the origins of humankind, the fastest ants in the Sahara and exciting antimicrobial discoveries. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in both science journalism and biomedical research.

If you have content on science in Africa, funding opportunities or events feel free to email  communications@aasciences.africa by 15 November 2019 for inclusion in the next issue of the monthly  e-newsletter. 

Ebola now curable after trials of drugs in DRC

In this September 2019 issue of The AAS Big Picture we showcase opportunities in both biomedical and social science research. We also highlight some amazing science in Africa on innovative solutions to health challenges. If you have content on funding opportunities, events or science in Africa feel free to email this to communications@aasciences.ac.ke for inclusion in this monthly e-newsletter.

DELTAS Afica Scientific Conference 2019 – increasing visibility

Call for nominations: The AAS Fellowship 2019 NOMINATION DETAILS Call for The AAS Affiliates 2019

Apply for FLAIR Fellowships

The African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society are accepting applications for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships until 15 May 2019. FLAIR fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries.

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African and UK research management professionals co-create resources to improve the profession

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Following a rigorous selection process, 12 teams from Africa and UK were selected.

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Study sheds light on what it takes for women to succeed – or not – in science in Africa

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 01 November 2020)

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The benefits of integrating the diagnosis of depression and diabetes treatment

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 27 October 2020)

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How to get Malawian men more involved in antenatal care - and why it matters

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 27 October 2020)

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Gender equity in STEM equals excellence

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(courtesy: THE STAR, 19 October 2020)

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COVID-19: examining theories for Africa’s low death rates

(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 07 October 2020)

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Barriers to malaria interventions in Ghana

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(courtesy: African Thinker, 24 September 2020)

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The impact of COVID-19 on women’s mental health

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(courtesy: African Thinker, 21 September 2020)

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A Consensus Study Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing

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This report does not make judgments about whether any clinical uses of a safe and effective HHGE methodology, if established by pre-clinical research, should at some point be permitted. ...

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Continental bodies collaborate to boost science granting councils

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) has announced it is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to strengthen the continent’s science granting councils under the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI)...

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Addressing Long Term Care for Nigeria’s Aging Population

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Aging is associated with functional decline and health and social support needs. Traditionally, the responsibility of providing long term care and support for older persons has been accepted by African families...

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Strengthening the Capacity of Africa’s Science Granting Councils in Research Management

Press Release

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to implement the second phase of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Research Management Project which will strengthen the capaci

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Drivers of antimicrobial resistance in East Africa

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It is estimated that at least 700,000 people die annually from infections that are resistant to currently available antibiotics worldwide, and that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill an estimated 10 million people per year worldwid

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Bridging the gender gap for women in science in Africa

Press Release

Cognizant of the gender disparity in STEM, the AESA platform (Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa - a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)) with support from I

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Four Health-Care Projects by MASS Design Group in Africa

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(courtesy: architectural record)

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Nigeria: What to Know About COVID-19 Strains in Nigeria - Molecular Biologist

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(courtesy: Premium Times)

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Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is implementing the African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme, which is engaging Africa’s science lead

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

Announcements

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 capacit

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Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices

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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.

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The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19

(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION)

 

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Enhancing collaboration to strengthen Africa`s clinical trial capacity through an online platform

Announcements

Without a cure or vaccine for COVID-19, it is likely the virus will continue to cause more deaths across the world. As of June 10, 2020, there are more than 1,096 COVID-19 clinical trials in the world and these numbers are changing rapidly.

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From Africa to the World: Connecting African innovators and ideas to industry

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There is a disconnect between industry, angel donors, venture capitalists and research in Africa.

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Bolstering Africa’s coronavirus detection efforts

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(courtesy: nature)

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Strengthening Africa’s ability to ‘decode’ the coronavirus

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NAIROBI — As a young boy growing up in rural Cameroon, Dr. Christian Happi couldn’t understand why his friends kept dying. The children would develop a high fever, start convulsing, and die soon after.

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Why the rich must urgently help poor beat coronavirus

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(Courtesy: The Standard)

We need to act fast, but also ensure that help is provided as humanly and as transparently as possible

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COVID-19: Vaccine is Africa research priority

(courtesy: SciDevNet)

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This is the best time to plan for urban Africa’s next health emergency

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(Courtesy: Quartz Africa)

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African scientists identify coronavirus priorities

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(Courtesy: Research Professional News)

Life-saving interventions for resource-strained health settings trump basic biology research

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Keeping COVID-19 at bay in Africa

(Courtesy: The Lancet)

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Coronavirus will play out very differently in world's poorest nations

(Courtesy: New Scientist)

The new coronavirus may prove disastrous for the world’s poorest people, including those living in slums and refugee camps.
 

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What coronavirus genomes can tell us about the pandemic—and science—in Africa

(Courtesy: Science in Africa Magazine)

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Reviewing Africa Episode 1: COVID-19

Jenniffer Mabuka, What's in it for Africa, Reviewing Africa,

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Africa’s scientists learn from past epidemics to fight Covid-19

(Courtesy Financial Times)

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Taiwan, vaccines, Africa preparedness The EvidenceCoronavirus: The Evidence

(Courtesy: BBC UK)

The Evidence looks at what we know about the virus and the immune system, why does it cause mild or even no symptoms in some people but makes others very ill?

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Academic communities respond to society’s needs

(Courtesy: University World News)

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Stellenbosch University's FLAIR Fellows partner with UK experts

Dr Rossouw hopes her findings will benefit commercial fermentation practices and improve the environmental sustainability of the wine sector.

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Kemri plan to produce cheap drug for cancer

The initiative by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), if successful, could dramatically reduce the cost of some crucial cancer medicines by up to 70%.

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Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking

(Courtesy: TheScientist)

In recent years, laboratories on the continent have ramped up genomic sequencing capabilities, offering in-country analyses rather than outsourcing the job.

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Another international FLAIR grant for Stellenbosch University engineering researcher

Tadie is also one of two SU researchers selected by the University to be part of the Department of Higher Education and Training's Future Professors Programme

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Unlocking the life-saving secrets of African DNA

Core targets for treatment include cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disease.

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Meet Nigerian Nneka, world-class physicist with big int'l award

Professor Francis Nneka Okeke is one of the few Nigerians who are making remarkable achievements in the academic world.

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Harnessing the power of collective thinking

Progressive partnerships and collaborative efforts between The RSE and other global academies are invaluable for effectively addressing domestic and international societal challenges.

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5 women in science that have changed the world

Here are five women scientists who deserve to be celebrated every day of the year.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 16 Prominent Nigerian Women That Have Inspired Young Ones

In a male-dominated space there are unique women who, despite all odds against them, have made excellent achievements just as their male counterparts in various fields of the Sciences. 

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Cell Free Protein Expression Market to surpass US$ 324.6 million by 2026

Cell free protein expression is vital step for study or research in proteomics, as protein can only be extracted if the cell free protein expression process is conducted through cell lysate. 

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We are using computer models to fight drug resistance

Continuously emerging strains of pathogens that are resistant to current drugs present a huge challenge for the eradication of infectious diseases. 

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Africa's health sector receives a boost

Business Ghana, Ghana, 30 October 2019

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Genomics Research in Africa: Taking Stakeholder Engagement Seriously

BioMed Central, United Kingdom, 18 October 2019

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'I would not have kept the baby': Fighting depression in pregnancy

BBC News, 30 August 2019

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Campaign to find low-cost system to tackle rabies

The EastAfrican, Kenya, 27 Aug 2019

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Young scientists’ return to Africa vital

The Herald, Zimbabwe, 22 Aug, 2019

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Early detection, ARV treatment offers hope for HIV cure

The Star, Kenya, 07 July 2019

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Pan-African science body unveils fellowships to boost growth

Ghana News Agency, Ghana, 12-Nov-2018

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Why almost no one in Nigeria is using HIV prevention drugs

Devex, United States, 07-Nov-2018

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Funding boost for African academics to fight continent’s diseases

Times Higher Education, United Kingdom, 06 July 2018

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African scientists launch their own preprint repository

Nature, United Kingdom, 25 June 2018

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SADC urged to address skills gap as to benefit from 4th industrial revolution

CNBC Africa, South Africa, 21 June 2018

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Africa needs another million PhD scientists to develop homegrown solutions

Quartz, United States, 28 May 2018

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Create and use local data for socioeconomic growth

SciDev.Net, United Kingdom, 20 March 2018

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Fund science to achieve sustainable development

Daily Nation, Kenya, 13 March 2018

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Yale University to pen deals with Kenya research institutions

Business Daily, Kenya, 01 March 2018

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The simple secret to groundbreaking science: work together

The World Economic Forum, Switzerland, 18 January 2018

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AIF and African Academy of Sciences sign MoU to drive STI-led research

Ventures Africa, Nigeria, 16 November 2017

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African scientists get their own open-access publishing platform

Nature, United Kingdom, 15 November 2017

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Kenyan Wins $100,000 Grant for Device to Help Expectant Mothers

Voice of America, United States, 27 October 2017

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Chinese varsity mulls partnership with African Academy of Sciences

Xinhua News, China, 5 September 2017

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AAS launches programme to boost science journalism in Africa

SABC, South Africa, 4 September 2017

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Collaborating to ease Africa's data drought

The Lancet, United Kingdom, 2 August 2017

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African scientists meet in Accra at DELTAS17 to exchange information

Graphic Online, Ghana, 3 July 2017

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NCDs account for 23 per cent of Africa’s disease burden

SciDev.Net, United Kingdom, 5 April 2017

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New research fellows to combat climate change in Africa

SciDev.Net, United Kingdom, 21 March 2017

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Kenyan scientists among 22 others picked by continental body

Daily Nation, Kenya, 8 March 2017

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Innovations fund aims to save women and newborn babies in Africa

The Guardian, United Kingdom, 23 November 2016

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US$7 million to fund innovation in Africa

CNBC Africa, South Africa, 17 November 2016

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Enter Africa innovation challenge for local health solutions

Bizcommunity.com, South Africa, 08 November 2016

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Intra-African collaboration is key to global health and local well-being

Financial Times, United Kingdom, 09 May 2016

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How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap

Yahoo! Finance, United States, 13 April 2016

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Supporting the Development of Research Leaders in Africa

Huffington Post, United Kingdom, 11 April 2016

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Africa needs to fund and support its scientists

Daily Nation, Kenya, 23 February 2016

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Africa Analysis: Harmonising R&D grant administration

SciDev.Net, United Kingdom, 17 February 2016

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Twenty-nine early career scientists awarded CIRCLE Visiting Fellowships

NewsDay Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, 5 February 2016

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New initiatives give science in Africa a much needed boost

The South African, South Africa, 5 January 2016

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Needed: Pan-African scientific inventions

The Herald, Zimbabwe, 17 September 2015

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Closing the research gap between Africa and the rest of the world

The Conversation, United States, 16 September 2015

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Africa: Sino-Africa Scientific Cooperation On the Right Track - Officials

AllAfrica, United States, 16 September 2015

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Africa urged to up research budget

The Citizen, Tanzania, 16 September 2015

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African scientists get Sh7b boost for research

Standard Digital, Kenya, 12 September 2015

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Africa launches initiative to spur research

News Ghana, Ghana, 11 September 2015

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African science research fund launched by AESA

BBC News, United Kingdom, 10 September 2015

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Socking it to malaria just the start for Africa's new science alliance

The Guardian, United Kingdom, 10 September 2015

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Africa aims for research autonomy

Nature, United Kingdom, 9 April 2015