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

There is a disconnect between industry, angel donors, venture capitalists and research in Africa. This has resulted in few Research and Development (R&D) outputs being scaled up or commercialized and a negligible number of patents at 0.6 percent, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. The lack of funding also compounds the challenge meaning that quite often African innovations will rarely grow beyond just being an idea or prototype in the laboratories.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) today announced the launch of an innovative platform for African innovators to connect with partners who can provide funding, help them scale-up and commercialize their innovations or promote their uptake in policy.

Why the rich must urgently help poor beat coronavirus

(Courtesy: The Standard)

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

In these challenging times, the world needs more than ever to help those most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19.

Less affluent communities in the global south and north are vulnerable to the spread of the virus as self-isolation, lockdown, self-quarantine and social distancing will be extremely challenging.

COVID-19: Vaccine is Africa research priority

(courtesy: SciDevNet)

[NAIROBI] Africa’s research community says vaccine development should be a priority, a regional study has found.
 
Africa’s distinct research needs go beyond the global COVID-19 recommendations of the World Health Organization, and controlling the pandemic in Africa requires research and development that reflects the realities of its impact on the continent, the study suggests.
 
According to the findings of the survey conducted by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Africa needs to prioritise research and development areas such as infection prevention and control, including healthcare workers’ protection, as well as epidemiological studies and clinical management. 

Improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers, a climate change adaptation strategy

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. In West Africa, about 63.7% of rural women play a key role in the local dairy sector by collecting and processing milk in small processing units. But with the dry season becoming longer and warmer, the quantity of sour milk increases year on year despite various efforts to reduce it. 

Improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers, a climate change adaptation strategy

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...

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

(Courtesy: Quartz Africa)

Health, it turns out, is everybody’s business. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this clear, laying bare the gaping cracks in our societal systems that have driven the emergence and unprecedented transmission of a novel coronavirus; and highlighting the need for a more health-aligned societal reset.

An important step on the journey to reset is re-thinking and reframing our definition of an emergency response; and key to this is internalizing the preventable nature of (this and future) health emergencies.