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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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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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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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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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Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX Facility

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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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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.

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

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As the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and non-infectious diseases often led to it being talked about in apocalyptic terms.

A Consensus Study Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing

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. ...

Continental bodies collaborate to boost science granting councils

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)...

African Academy of Sciences loses a Fellow

AAS sadly announces the passing away of Prof. Viness Pillay. Prof. Pillay was elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 2012...

Teenagers drive TB awareness in Botswana

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...

Addressing Long Term Care for Nigeria’s Aging Population

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...