Farmers getting involved in research to adapt to climate change

11 March 2019

A study on citizen science in a number of countries including Ethiopia found that farmers could be helped to plant the most suitable varieties of a crop to reduce the risk of crop failure and make adaptations in the face of climate change. Read more

New research on flies that transmit disease in Africa

11 March 2019

THRiVE partner, icipe, has recently published research on how pregnant stable flies select which are the most suitable droppings to lay their eggs on. The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology researchers in conjunction with the University of Pretoria have identified the chemical odours in specific animal droppings that... Read more

Research Management Boost for African Universities

6 March 2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to support research management across Africa with the introduction of a management programme called Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPRO Africa). The programme is being funded by UKRI, AAS, the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID)... Read more

Unregulated and Fake Agricultural Products Harming Farmers and Agricultural Productivity

28 February 2019

An article in the Journal Food security reported on farm surveys of 1965 farmers across 20 countries which collected data on rice yields, farmer’s weed management practices, herbicide use, frequencies of interventions and information sources regarding herbicides. Read more

Developing Virtual Laboratories in Africa

28 February 2019

WACCBIP, which is based in Ghana and is one of the 11 DELTAS programme focused on health research capacity development in Africa is developing virtual lab space to enable students gain laboratory experience. The University of Ghana is one of several African partners working with the Open University on the... Read more

Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa Research Awards

5 February 2019

The Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa initiative announced four flagship projects on 30 January that aim to to “make a difference” to Africa’s ability to solve its own health problems. These will focus on novel candidates for anti-malaria vaccines (research to take place in Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania), schistosomiasis in... Read more

Malaria cases cut by 94% between 2003 -2015 in Zanzibar

5 February 2019

A paper in BMC Medicine reported that the number of new cases of malaria dropped by 94% between 2003-2015. This was due to community based interventions such as insecticide treated bed nets and free access to such prevention focused equipment as well as free malaria diagnosis and treatment. Read more

Fake Malarials result in huge costs and many deaths in Africa

29 January 2019

Iyt is estimated that fake antimalarials contribute to 116,000 additional deaths a year in Sub-Saharan Africa with children under 5 being most affected. This is based on modelled data as estimates of country-level health and economic impacts of fake and poor quality antimalarials are scarce in the region. Read more

Indigenous People to Contribute to UN Climate Change Policy

17 January 2019

Indigenous peoples will have a chance to share their traditional knowledge on the environment and play a role in the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change and build a sustainable low carbon future according to SciDev.Net. Read more

WHO seeks input on ethics code for genomic data sharing in outbreaks

15 January 2019

Pathogen genetic sequence data is an increasingly valuable source of information in understanding and controlling outbreaks of infectious disease. With next generation sequencing, the depth/extent of available information will expand further. A key concern in recent outbreaks has been variable timelines between the start of an outbreak and the public... Read more

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