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COVID-19 has exposed the need for science reporting

By Joseph Checky Abuje   The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need for partnership between Scientists and the fourth estate to help build the capacities in reporting science and help offer solutions to emerging health challenges. According to Onche Odeh, African STI News Editor in Nigeria, despite the role the African journalists continue to play

Weak research funding hampers Africa Covid-19 clinical trials

By Joseph Checky Abuje   Africa’s weak funding for research, poor research governance structures and weak health systems continue to hamper its place in vaccine development. Dr Borna Nyaoke-Anoke, a Senior Clinical Project Manager at the Drug for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) during a webinar seminar with African science journalists that while the researchers in

Representatives from 500+ islands gather for a virtual summit

The 2nd annual Virtual Island Summit kicked off today with 10,000 island participants from across the world. Politicians joining today’s opening sessions included Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali, the Federated States of Micronesia’s David Paneulo, Guam’s Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Tuvalu’s Enele Sopoaga MP and many others from across the globe.

Science Policy, Science Literacy: post-COVID education for the developing world during the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact across the globe. For developing countries, this has not only had a negative impact on the economy, but it has also crippled the education system and will take years to recover. Where to go from here? Governments will not only have to re-look their policies on education

Updates on COVID-19 treatments progress by the Biopharma Industry

Seven months into the pandemic, the innovative biopharmaceutical industry continues to step up work on researching and testing therapeutics that could lower mortality rates or lessen the severity of COVID-19. Over recent months, the results of rigorous clinical trials of repurposed medicines to achieve quick wins have been mixed, while the pipeline for new treatments

Nigeria cassava farmers get post-emergence herbicides

Scientists working with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have identified some postemergence herbicides that farmers can use during the growing period of cassava to tackle weeds. These postemergence herbicides, though not exclusive to cassava, have been adapted in the framework of the Six Steps to Cassava