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Friday, June 26, 2020
What are Africa’s priorities for climate change?
The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)
Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices
Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa
Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees
Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for inclusion in this monthly e-newsletter.
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.|
The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19
(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION)
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.
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.
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
[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.