South Africa has the ability to meet national food requirements but for this to happen serious reforms in its agriculture sector are needed.
To stimulate innovation in the agriculture sector education and training is in dire need of substantial reform for greater integration, cooperation and accountability.
Biomedical innovations can work with traditional methods like x-rays to guide doctors’ decisions.
African countries need to start producing and developing their own medical devices. Suitably skilled biomedical engineers are needed for this sort of innovation to take root.
African universities need to do much more to prepare graduates for the job market.
For decades, African universities have placed greater focus on what they teach, rather than how they teach it. But the job market now demands graduates that have been taught to think, not regurgitate
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals have distinct functions but are interrelated and requires an integrated approach from both scientists and policymakers.
Farmers don’t get efficient information on weather changes, improving data can change this.
Information to weather changes is often unavailable to Africa's farmers and even if it does exist, the quality is poor or inaccessible to those who need it most.
Africa’s scientists are doing remarkable work.
Africa's overall contribution to research might be small, but smart people are undertaking smart and important work on and about the continent.
The resources kids have at school and home influence their performance in science.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don't speak that language at home.
Africa is urbanising quickly, as growth in cities like Cairo, Egypt, shows.
How can African research universities be more responsive to African countries' needs? And how can these universities work together to leverage funding for research informed by African realities?
Elephants express many extra genes derived from the critical tumour suppressor gene TP53.
Elephants naturally avoid cancer after 55 million years of evolution. Scientists are studying if they can extract lessons that could help people.
A young girl with malaria rests in the inpatient ward of a health centre in the South Sudan.
Eliminating malaria in Africa has been held back by a range of factors, including a lack of funds and drug and insecticide resistance challenges.
Millions of mosquito bed nets have been distributed in Africa.
Mosquitoes are controlled by insecticide treated nets to curb the spread of Malaria. The nets which are hung over beds can be reused after serving its purpose.
The public in Sierra Leone was proactive in reporting suspected Ebola cases.
The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
Artemisinin-based combination therapy is the first line recommended malaria treatment.
The gains made towards eliminating malaria in endemic countries is being threatened by insecticide and antimalarial drug resistance.
Haemophilia impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots causing excessive bleeding.
Circumcision is a rite of passage in various African communities. However, for initiates with haemophilia, extra caution needs to be taken to ensure their safety.
Medicinal plants are a potential source of medicine to treat malaria.
There's a need for new anti-malarial agents due to some malaria drugs becoming ineffective in the fight against the disease.
Accurate diagnosis of glaucoma requires trained specialists and advanced equipment.
Glaucoma is a slow and silent progressive disease and the second leading cause of blindness, that requires early diagnosis.
Some 17 million South Africans rely on social grants.
South Africa's social grants, which benefit a third of the country's population, are widely celebrated. But these grants fall far short of addressing the country's malnutrition challenge.
The end of the doctors’ strike in Kenya is a truce in the fight for better health care.
Kenya's doctors embarked on a strike for a 100 days to push the government to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in June 2013.
Drug-resistant TB is increasingly being transmitted, indicating that beating the problem requires public health interventions and support from communities.
Women in Ghana are under tremendous pressure to have children.
Infertility is tied to the instability of romantic relationships in Ghana.