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COVID-19 depresses war against HIV in Africa

H.E. Mrs. Amira Elfadil Mohamed, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission   Each year on World AIDS Day, we take time to reflect upon our worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by remembering where we started decades ago, honouring our achievements, and pledging to work harder and smarter, for more inclusive and innovative strategies

COVID-19 pandemic looms large over a malaria-free future

Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world held the line in protecting historic gains against malaria this year, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, preserving fragile health systems, and keeping malaria at bay in countries with zero local cases. However, long-term success in reaching a malaria-free world within a generation

Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

Up to 5 million deaths, a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are homebound due to COVID-19, new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, launched today, emphasize that everyone, of all ages and abilities, can be physically active and that every type

Access to loans: CBN favours farmers using improved, disease-free cassava varieties for lending loans

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says only farmers who grow improved disease-free cassava stems will have access to the N25billion facility it has created to boost cassava production in the country. The policy aims at ensuring that beneficiaries of the facility have increased productivity and are able to repay loans and make incomes for

Africa’s First Online Clinical Trial Community launched

Africa’s leading research bodies have launched the Clinical Trial Community (CTC), a platform that will provide quick and real-time visibility of African clinical trials sites, capacity, and capability. The first of its kind on the continent, the CTC platform will also link relevant initiatives that support the conduct of trials; enable timely ethics and regulatory review; and

Environmental reporting in West Africa remains a challenge

By Joseph Checky Abuje While Africa is rallying policies and frameworks on environmental conservation so that this is prioritized in all socio-economic development, west Africa is, however, lagging behind the rest of the continent. In Liberia and Senegal for instance, governments do not have formulated policies that support Environmental conservation, hence anti-environment activities are on

Paramount Group pioneers robotics and engineering learning for South African Air Force (SAAF) Youth Development

Paramount Labs, the research and innovation division of the Africa-based global aerospace and technology company, Paramount Group, in partnership with the South African Air Force (SAAF), announced the successful completion of its newly launched robotics training programme by the first group of young students who enrolled as part of the ‘SAAF Eagles Robotics Club’. The

Scientists strengthen the resolve to champion evidence use for development

  Over 400 Scientists from East and West Africa resolved to promote the use of evidence in decision making at a two-day Evidence Leaders in Africa virtual conference held on 3-4 November 2020. The conference, with the theme, ‘Strengthening the think-tank role of researchers in supporting government decision-making for better development outcomes’ was convened by the African Academy of

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