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

New cases of leading maize disease Maize lethal necrosis have been reduced in Africa

3 January 2019

Interventions such as disease-free seeds and field hygiene have helped cut new cases of maize lethal necrosis in Sub-Saharan Africa, scientists say. Malawi has been free of the disease for the past three years and new cases of the disease in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania have reduced from 65 per... Read more

Snake bite - SNAPP an App for a neglected tropical disease

3 January 2019

Since 2017 Snake bite has been included on the WHO's list of Tropical Neglected diseases. It is estimated that about 5.4 million snake bites occur each year, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million cases of envenomings. Read more

European Commission to invest in African education opportunities

10 December 2018

The European Commission is proposing a new 'Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs' to substantially boost investment in Africa, strengthen trade, create jobs, and invest in education and skills. This initiative builds on the commitments taken during the African Union – European Union Summit which took place... Read more

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