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A factor holding back African research is the lack of strong collaborative networks between African laboratories and institutions. Shutterstock

What it would take to set up an African drug discovery ecosystem

Drug discovery research in Africa receives modest but essential international funding through philanthropic foundations and selected pharmaceutical companies.
Mobile health interventions offer convenience, confidentiality, and privacy. Yaw Niel/Shutterstock

Using cellphones to deliver health services to teens: a sub-Saharan Africa review

Mobile health or mHealth is an appealing way to reach adolescents because it offers opportunities to deliver and monitor health interventions at a much lower cost.
The red mangrove is among the species already selected for genome sequencing. Busara/Shutterstock

Why African scientists are studying the genes of African species, and how they do it

The African BioGenome Project is a pan-African project that seeks to sequence Africa’s endemic and indigenous plants and animals.
Afrigen, a biotechnology company based in Cape Town, South Africa, is developing Africa’s first proprietary COVID-19 vaccine. Kristin Palitza/picture alliance via Getty Images

How trying to copy a COVID vaccine changes the outlook for African countries

With the manufacturing capacity and access to relevant technology, African countries can reduce their dependency on international manufacturers for vaccines.
South Africa is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. EMMANUEL CROSET/AFP via Getty Images

Omicron: evidence shows it evades immunity from earlier infection more than other variants

At this stage, we cannot say anything about the severity of cases with Omicron - either in primary or reinfections.
Employees at the Afrigen biotechnology company and Vaccine Hub facility at work in the manufacturing laboratory. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s first mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub gets to work

Afrigen will be a technology transfer and training hub: it shares technology and develops skills specifically around how to produce a safe, effective and affordable mRNA vaccine.

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