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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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Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy

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

Developing affordable titanium implants in Africa

Titanium alloys are coveted in a wide range of land-based applications especially in the biomedical industry where they are used for making implants and prostheses. Around 80 million people in Africa are considered disabled and this is likely to increase with an increasingly aging population. Accidents and their resultant injuries have contributed to a high prevalence of disability and significant impacts on quality of life in Africa. Producing implants and prostheses locally would help in tackling this disability burden. 

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

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Ten days after South Africa reported its first case of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020, the government moved quickly to declare a national state of disaster. Within days a National Coronavirus Command Council had been formed, travel restrictions imposed and schools closed. A national lockdown was announced on 23 March. This remains in force though restrictions are being lifted slowly.

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

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. Only 35 (3%) are in Africa according to clinicaltrials.gov, PACTR and COVID-19 Trial Tracker. However, the African scientific community is adapting to the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment by readying themselves to conduct both drug and vaccine focused clinical trials. This has been possible in part because the number of COVID-19 cases remains low in Africa giving the community an opportunity to plan, improve processes and define new ways of doing things under COVID-19 instigated lock downs that have been implemented across the continent.

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

Simon Ndoria, Programme Officer at Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa), presents the Grand Challenges Innovation Network, a virtual network that launched today for African innovators and innovation support partners...

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

Simon Ndoria, Programme Officer at Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa), presents the Grand Challenges Innovation Network, a virtual network that launched today for African innovators and innovation support partners.

Innovations at the African Academy of Sciences presents the virtual network,Grand Challenges Innovation Network (GCAiN), which launched today. This is an initiative designed to encourage and facilitate co-created solutions to narrow the funding and knowledge gaps in health and development. Ultimately, it should serve the needs of the innovation ecosystem in Africa by being the go-to network for African innovators and innovation support partners.