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Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday. The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500

Kenyans fear proposed Trump’s USAID cuts could threaten elephants, rangers

If Congress okays Trump’s USAID cuts, Kenyans worry that the only wildlife forensics lab in East Africa could close and ranger jobs might vanish, threatening the environment. Gitonga Njeru writes   President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” made public in March, has not yet been approved, and still awaits a response by a Congress highly skeptical

Pastoralists, Greenpeace Africa Welcome Move to Ban Plastic Bags in Kenya

Kenyan pastoalists, and the Greenpeace Africa have lauded Kenya’s move to ban plastic bags starting end of this month. Reacting to the news that the ban will take effect on 28th August and that the government has ruled out extension of the order, the two groups praised the government for the regulation that will be

Novartis, Medicines for Malaria Venture launch a novel compound against multidrug-resistant malaria

Ahead of the World Malaria Day, Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have launched a patient trial for KAF156, a next-generation antimalarial compound with the potential to treat drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite. The trial will test the efficacy of KAF156 in combination with a new, improved formulation of the existing antimalarial lumefantrine.

South Africa’s Rhino Auction – selling a Bloody Harvest for Profit

Experts say South Africa’s first ever legal auction of rhinoceros horn will enrich few, and is likely to speed the road to extinction for one of the world’s most endangered species. The auction takes place on Monday. “This sale of rhino horn is inexcusable,” said Dr Joseph Okori, Director forSouthern Africa of the International Fund

MSC scholarships to help fund fisheries research in East Africa and Kenya

Lily Zhao from the University of Washington, USA and the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden won the award for her project mapping the trade flows of octopus from small scale fisheries in East Africa. Octopuses are a common food in the region and little is known about the export and interdependencies between countries in terms

Researchers employ SAH technology to speed up multiplication of cassava planting materials

Scientists working on cassava breeding now use the Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to rev up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials. Using modified soil that holds plant roots in planting pots with little water, SAH has trays that are filled with a little amount of water, with the soil transporting the moisture up to

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