Sexually transmitted infections and bacterial vaginosis can provide ideal conditions for HIV infection in women. A new test aims to detect these conditions even when women don’t show symptoms.
Renewable energy technology holds promise for rural electrification.
Current approaches to expand renewable energy in Ghana are not inclusive of the rural poor.
Malaria control must move away from relying too much on insecticides to more innovative and sustainable options. Genetic programming of mosquitoes is one.
Potential benefits of human genome editing include new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disorders. But there’s a significant gap in regulation.
Nigeria must increase funding for health research
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More funding is needed to galvanise
Nigeria’s health system as medical research is not well funded.
The spread of malaria can be controlled by community-based management.
We’ve made advances towards delivering new devices to empower even people with basic medical knowledge to administer malaria tests in the field.
Waste products from factories like this could hold the key to more novel antibiotic discoveries.
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Discovery of a new antibiotic compound from a Nigerian environment is good news for researchers in this field.
“Creativity machines” are capable of independent and complex functioning, so they can invent things.
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The decision is supported by the government’s policy environment in recent years. This has aimed to increase innovation, and views technology as a way to achieve this.
Innovation in food systems and agricultural research is critical for African countries.
Stronger agricultural R&D systems will enable agriculture to power Africa’s transformation.
Policymakers need to make sense of the data so as to predict and manage what’s happening. To address this need, we developed a visualisation tool to track and predict country-level COVID-19 cases.
BCG has been used all over the world to protect against the development of TB.
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BCG remains the only widely available vaccine for TB. Yet the development of a COVID-19 vaccine over the last year shows that there is capacity to rapidly create new vaccines.
Machine learning can change patient care in Nigeria for good.
Machine learning offers improved access to affordable testing and quality of care for those who are unaware of their hepatitis B status.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility.
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Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Human embryo research allows us to understand normal and abnormal human development.
The rule, which previously acted as the upper time limit on human embryo research, has been dropped, paving the way for research on older human embryos.
Entrepreneurs can create entirely new ways of providing goods and services if they’re adequately trained to take advantage of technological advances.
A section of Quarry Road informal settlement in Durban after severe flooding in April 2019 where research was undertaken by local scientists.
Climate change science dominated by knowledge produced in the global North cannot address the particular challenges faced by those living in the global South.
Informal businesses face numerous challenges which hinder their growth.
It’s time African governments supported the development of online platforms designed to support local people in the informal sector.
Professor Tania Douglas is warmly remembered as an excellent scientist and a remarkable human being.
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She believed and advocated that Africa needs to find solutions to its own problems and worked tirelessly to build biomedical engineering capacity across the continent.
Some of the dishes that make up the Square Kilometre Array’s radio telescope system. This kind of “blue skies” research can have great real-world value.
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The pandemic has underscored that the world requires agility for survival. That makes blue skies science, which encourages curiosity and nimble thinking, perhaps more important than ever.
Africa’s young population is hungry to connect with the rest of the world.
African governments should prioritise investment in high speed internet connectivity because it can have spillover benefits for education systems, as well as economic and social growth.