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KEMRI will host Kenya's first University dedicated to health research

27 April 2017

KEMRI plans to set up seven key facilities at a new site in Central Kenya which will include Kenya’s first University purely dedicated to Health Research, a research, teaching and referral hospital, a manufacturing plant and specialized laboratories. Read more Read more

Zimbabwe: New bill seeks to turn universities into industrial hubs

27 April 2017

Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved a new Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Bill that will, among other impacts, turn universities into industrial hubs and criminalise the issuing or receiving of degrees from unaccredited institutions, according to the country’s higher education minister. Read more

World Malaria Day podcast with malariologist Professor Kevin Marsh

25 April 2017

Today, on World Malaria Day, the African Academy of Sciences has made available a podcast, where Professor Kevin Marsh, a renowned malarialogist and the African Academy of Sciences' Senior Advisor, shares his thoughts on Africa's progress in the fight against malaria. Listen by clicking here. Read more

Malaria vaccine trial to start in 2018

24 April 2017

A malaria vaccination programme will be trialled in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018. The vaccinations will need to be given in 4 doses, once a month for 3 doses and then a fourth dose 18 months later. Read more

Lack of community engagement bogged down research during the 2014-5 Ebola outbreak

20 April 2017

A detailed report on the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has found that a lack of community engagement bogged down clinical research during the epidemic. The report, ‘Integrating clinical research into epidemic response: the Ebola experience’ , was compiled by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read more

Progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases

19 April 2017

Bill Gates has been speaking at the NTD summit in Geneva about the achievements of a partnership between the public and private sector to combat neglected tropical diseases. Success stories include Guinea worm disease, which has been reduced from an estimated 3.5 million cases in 1986 to just 25 human cases in... Read more

UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

18 April 2017

The UK government is investing an extra £200m in programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world's poorest countries. Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm and trachoma can disable children and stop adults working. The funding will go towards the distribution of tablets to treat... Read more

Vera Songwe Appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

18 April 2017

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed Vera Songwe as ECA’s Executive Secretary. The Cameroonian economist and banking executive is the first woman to ever serve in this role. Read more

African CDC launches laboratory networks

10 April 2017

The Ethiopia-based African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has launched two laboratory networks—one for disease surveillance and the other to target antimicrobial resistance. Read more

New African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Centre is launched in Rwanda

10 April 2017

Africa’s first and biggest network of centres of excellence, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, has announced the launch of AIMS in Rwanda, an ecosystem of pan-African transformation that will leverage scientific innovation, learning and research to apply solutions to the continent’s challenges. Read more

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