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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Africa in a ‘sweet spot’ to lead global collaborations
Barriers to malaria interventions in Ghana
Drivers of antimicrobial resistance in East Africa
Disruptive effects of waste water pollution on aquatic biodiversity
How I successfully applied for a postdoctoral fellowship
Engaging traditional birth attendants to reduce maternal depression
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.|
Research priorities to achieve Africa’s food security and nutrition needs
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...
Bridging the gender gap for women in science in Africa
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...
Tanzanian traditional plant treats wounds
There is increasing evidence of use of medicinal plants for treatment of a variety of skin conditions. Interest in this area has been driven by: increased resistance to several synthetic drugs by microbes causing skin conditions; availability and accessibility; safety issues and costs. Plants have long been the source of traditional treatment of various diseases and wounds in developing countries. Which plants or herbs are used for treatment of wounds and other ailments depends on the traditions and plant species grown in different regions of the world. In recent years, there is renewed global interest in discovering agents from natural resources that can be used as skin care products and also that will promote wound healing to reduce the cost of treatment and prevent complications from synthetic drugs. Commiphora swynnertonii, also known as myrrh, is among the commonly used tropical plants treating different diseases. Previous studies have demonstrated that the extract form C. swynnertonii exhibits various biological mechanism to treat conditions such as arthritis, ulcers of different kinds (peptic, abscesses, cellulites, diabetic and tropical). Previous studies (Bakari et al., 2012, 2013, 2014) have demonstrated that the extract form of C. swynnertonii exhibits biological activity including antimicrobial effects; reducing blood sugar and cholesterol (Bakari et al., 2016 and Maghembe et al., 2017), increasing total white blood cell count and facilitation of fast healing of the wounds regardless of the nature of the wound.
Impacts of physical distancing for COVID-19 in Africa
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. Physical distancing, by definition, reduces physical contact between individuals. In Africa, the stringency of these measures ranges from isolation and quarantine policies to partial and full lockdowns. While physical distancing has been shown to reduce infectious disease transmission, it also has unintended and negative health and socio-economic impacts. These undesirable impacts are of great concern in Africa because the continent has several vulnerabilities: 42% of the population living below the international poverty line, its informal settlement population represent 25% of all such populations across the world, an informal sector accounting for 84% of all employment, underfunded health systems and inadequate social safety-nets, among others. This blog presents some of the key findings from a rapid literature review on the health and socio-economic impacts of physical distancing in Africa.
Exploring the adaptive capacity of fisheries in Africa
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...
Why Africa needs to address deafness
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...