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

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

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