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The International AIDS Society (IAS) picks South African scientist as Head

By Henry Opondo A South African with a long history of research work on HIV and AIDS has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS). Kevin Osborne’s career of more than 30 years in public health includes experience in pioneering major projects and approaches in shaping responses, particularly towards

East African research centres plot for climate-ready cassava

By Patrick Amunavi A team comprising of researchers from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI) in Tanzania, in collaboration with Basque Institute for Research and Development in Agriculture (NEIKER) in Spain are evaluating and developing cassava cultivars adaptable to the climate change-induced stresses. The project

UN: Consumers, Private Sector critical in fighting droughts and land degradation          

More than 3.2 billion people, or 2 in every 5 people, are impacted by land degradation today and up to 143 million people could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity due to the slow onset impacts of climate change. To avoid these threats, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary

Nairobi to host key Africa Healthcare Extension Summit

  Africa Healthcare Extension Summit (AHES 2018) set for 26 – 27 of June 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya will bring together various stakeholders in the medical & healthcare ecosystem for an exchange of ideas and best practices to support project development in upgrading, expanding & construction of hospitals across the entire continent. AHES will be

Heal and Soothe Back Pain, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

  Having chronic conditions in your back, joints, and other parts of your body is a pain literally and figuratively. It can be hard to feel at ease going anywhere when you have back pain, arthritis or fibromyalgia. Rather than let others know what a struggle it is to get dressed, perform household chores, drive

Vipers: Kenya, China sign pact to restrict illegal trade

By Gitonga Njeru in Kenya Kenya and China have forged a partnership in restricting the illegal trade of rare vipers. The vipers are illegally trafficked and sold in China to cartels and criminals. The Kenya-China partnership has been influenced under the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

AfDB to invest $120 million to boost cassava and others

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday said it will invest $120 million in the next 2-3 years to boost the productivity and transform cassava and eight other commodities on the continent. The nine commodities include: cassava, rice, maize, sorghum/millet, wheat, livestock, aquaculture, high iron beans and orange fleshed sweet potatoes. “Transforming cassava on the African

A clinical trial to find a new treatment for visceral leishmaniasis begins in eastern Africa

A new study to find a safer, efficacious and more patient-friendly treatment and improved diagnostic tools for people living with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) begun in eastern Africa. The study is within the new wider Afri-KA-DIA Consortium that got funding from The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). VL is a neglected tropical disease

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