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.
Malaria infections can still occur outdoors.
This project may help to eradicate malaria by developing new technologies to prevent mosquitoes from biting people when they are outdoors.
Diabetes is a growing public health burden.
To stem the rise in diabetes, new and innovative methods of risk assessment must be implemented, specific to populations on the continent.
Solar energy is an invaluable resource in rural areas like this facility in Gambia.
Solar-powered cold chain technologies can be game-changers in the fight against COVID-19 in resource-limited settings in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
Local diets need to be sustainable, linked to human health and environmental sustainability.
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Indigenous foods such as cowpeas can improve people’s nutrition and help them cope with the hunger brought about by the effects of COVID-19 on foreign food imports.
Occasionally, a mutation will give the virus a better chance of surviving and reproducing itself, and will result in a new population (known as a new lineage)
Nigeria can resuscitate its vaccine production laboratory with money recently released by its government for local production of COVID-19 vaccine.
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Giving money to support local production of COVID-19 vaccines is a step in the right direction if it will help in resuscitating Nigeria’s vaccine production laboratory.
Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of COVID-19 in South Africa.
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The results indicate that the vaccine efficacy in the UK was 89% for individuals who received at least two doses of vaccine. In South Africa, the vaccine efficacy was 60% in people without HIV.
A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials.
Many of these diseases cause tremendous suffering and death – yet there’s still a lack of effective tools to diagnose, treat, and prevent them.