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Malaria: First vaccine to pilot in sub Saharan Africa

The WHO has confirmed that the world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa after securing funding for the initial phase of the programme. Vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most

Kingdom of Morocco to host Africa’s coordinating office on Desertification and Drought

The Kingdom of Morocco will host the Africa Regional coordination Unit of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), a Press statement from the body said yesterday. This will provide the secretariat with vital support services that the Parties to the Convention need to effectively implement the Convention in Africa. The announcement was made

Climate Change: Deal brokered in Paris comes into force

The Paris Climate Change Agreement – the result of the most complex, comprehensive and critical international climate negotiation ever attempted – has officially come into force starting November 4. The Agreement is undoubtedly a turning point in the history of common human endeavor, capturing the combined political, economic and social will of governments, cities, regions,

Johnson & Johnson Announces Launch of Africa Innovation Challenge

As part of its longstanding commitment to Africa, Johnson & Johnson today announced the launch of the Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative to support Africa’s vibrant and growing innovation ecosystem and to help develop important and locally sustainable consumer health solutions. The challenge is the latest initiative in the company’s comprehensive approach to advancing health

First Ladies hold the key in the fight against cancer in Africa

By Henry Opondo Africa’s First Ladies hold the key in the fight against cervical and breast cancer—the big killer cancers of women in sub Saharan Africa, Dr Adetu Olateju a physician and Country Programme Manager, Red Ribbon, East and Southern Africa said at a session of the ongoing World Cancer Conference in Paris. “First Ladies

Cambridge has waived application fee for graduate students from most African countries

The University’s policy on graduate admissions was reiterated at the opening of the third Cambridge-Africa Day–Applause greeted the statement by Professor David Dunne, Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, as he confirmed that Cambridge has waived the usual application fee for nationals of many of the world’s least developed countries. This fee waiver will benefit applicants

Persistent Drought Hits Kenya’s wildlife

Tourists visiting Kenya’s game parks may take a while before they can see or come across their favourite wildlife, thanks to the ongoing drought situation in the country. According to the Kenya Wildlife Services, a national agency in charge of wildlife service, the persistent drought has resulted in dispersal of wildlife from their traditional habitats

Kenyan Bags 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research, Application at World Food Prize Event

By Eric Akasa Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application Wednesday for his work leading an innovative livestock insurance program that employs satellite data to help protect livestock herding communities in the Horn

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