Need for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment

28 May 2019

Cervical cancer causes a disproportionate burden on disease in Africa. Rates are up to six times higher than in North America, and as a result the disease is one of inequity. A WHO meeting held in May in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, for member states reviewed the draft of the... Read more

Action Needed on Aflatoxins

28 May 2019

Aflatoxins are naturally occurring harmful toxins produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. They are present throughout Africa, and are a particular risk as Africa produces and consumes much starch-based food crops such as maize and groundnuts which are susceptible to the fungi. Read more

Discarded electronics from Europe pollute Ghana's food chain

14 May 2019

Chemicals from improper disposal of old electronics shipped from Europe is contaminating food in Sub-Saharan Africa, says a report from IPEN, a global network of public interest NGOs forging a toxics-free future. The report notes that countries in the global South lack efficient, safe and sustainable infrastructure to discard old... Read more

Biological control of Fall Army Worm

4 April 2019

An egg parasitoid, Telenomus remus, could fight the devastation caused by Fall Army Worm that is putting the food security of 200 million Africans at risk. Fall Army Worm could cause losses in yields up to 20.6 million tonnes of maize in 12 African countries. Read more

Antimicrobial Resistance Genes Identified through Study on Untreated Sewage

2 April 2019

A study published in Nature Communications on 8th March has shown how studying genes related to antimicrobial resistance in untreated sewage can identify the spread of antimicrobial resistance in healthy populations.The study's findings suggest that global antimicrobial resistance gene diversity and abundance vary by region, and improving sanitation and health... Read more

Mobile app identifies fake drugs

1 April 2019

A mobile application known as Tambua, Tambua being a Kiswahili word for identify, is helping people to identify fake medicines. According to the WHO, 10% of medicines are fake or sub-standard and cause the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases such as malaria and pneumonia each year. Read more

Vaccine cuts pneumonia cases in children by a quarter

1 April 2019

The introduction of a vaccine against childhood pneumonia has cut new cases of the disease in a Kenyan county by 27 per cent, a study says. Pneumonia accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths of children under five years old worldwide each year, with children in Sub-Saharan Africa and... Read more

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

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