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The Gambian study shows that a $20 blood test could help diagnose thousands of hepatitis B patients

Researchers from Imperial College London and Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, collaborating with the Pasteur Institute in Paris and other African and European institutions that a simple $20 blood test could help diagnose thousands of patients with hepatitis B in need of treatment in some

Imperial College London, MIT launch search for African research collaborators

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research, with a regional focus on Africa. Consequently, the two are also searching for collaborating institutions in Africa to drive innovation from across the continent. With this seed fund, researchers and educators at Imperial and MIT aim to

Building Resilience to Climate Risks in Africa’s Agriculture

By Mohamed Beavogui Agriculture represents tremendous opportunities for African economies. The sector contributed more than $100 billion to Africa’s GDP in 2016. But much of that potential could be realised if there are effective solutions addressing the factors that drive the under-performance trend in the sector. Over 60 per cent of the Sub-Saharan African population

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

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