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Understanding Africa's diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

Africa is home to about 16% of the world's population. That's 1.2 billion people. But the continent is disproportionately burdened by a double health challenge: infectious diseases and a recent increase in non-communicable diseases...

By Michèle Ramsay 14 Mar 2018

Marketing is key in medicines distribution in Africa

The media is a key platform for dissemination of information around medications on the continent in Africa, where virtual spaza shops for drugs proliferate...

By Nomfundo Dlamini 8 Mar 2018

Dedicated website set up to address Listeriosis questions and concerns

Food microbiologist and food safety specialist Professor Lucia Anelich of Anelich Consulting is hosting a website to address public concerns about the recent Listeriosis outbreak...

7 Mar 2018

Top devices at Mobile World Congress

From headsets that help you lose weight without dieting to a smart meat thermometer, here are some of the interesting devices on display at the Mobile World Congress...

28 Feb 2018

Entrepreneur brothers look to harness AI for greater good

As debate swirls on whether artificial intelligence will be a boon or a curse for humanity...

26 Feb 2018

#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 22 Feb 2018

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

20 Feb 2018

Solar project helps resolve power outages in Malawi hospitals

Resolve, an Imperial Logistics company, has delivered a solar energy solution in Malawi that aims to ensure patients at hospitals are not compromised by power outages...

26 Jan 2018

Scientists are breeding super-nutritious crops to help solve global hunger

Micronutrient deficiencies, also known as hidden hunger, occurs when there is a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in a person's diet. Supplementation and food fortification has long been used around the world to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies...

By Heather Ohly, Nicola Lowe 23 Jan 2018

Study: African surgical patients twice as likely to die

At 2%, Africa's post-operative mortality rate is twice the global average...

5 Jan 2018

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good

Global shifts of urbanisation, migration, markets and climate can potentially be compatible with agrobiodiversity, but other powerful forces are undermining it. The future of agrobiodiversity hangs in the balance...

By Karl Zimmerer 1 Dec 2017

Meet Africa's startup stars

Meet the startups pitching at Seedstars Africa, 12-14 December 2017, in Maputo, Mozambique...

20 Nov 2017

Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

Seven African countries show how the battle against malnutrition can be won

A number of African countries are taking bold action to tackle malnutrition... Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo

By Sheryl L Hendriks, Katrin Glatzel, Ousmane Badiane 27 Oct 2017

Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report

Pollution claimed the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year, according to a report published on Friday, 20 October...

24 Oct 2017

Africa's top innovators announced

Three outstanding African innovations walk away with Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2017 total cash prize of US$150 000...

31 Jul 2017

Innovation is the key to keep Africa moving forward

Africa month recently reminded us of just how far we've come as a continent. Sthe Shabangu of Samsung Africa, urges leaders and innovators not to forget what still needs to be done...

By Sthembile Shabangu 22 Jun 2017

10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

Innovators from nine African countries shortlisted for their outstanding innovations across the healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors...

19 Jun 2017

Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Tanzania's most recent national census tells us that about one in 16 people has a disability in the Ruvuma region. But what if the true number was closer to one in five?..

By Dominic Haslam 1 Mar 2017

Rotary adds $35m to polio-fighting coffers

Following three new cases of polio in Nigeria, Rotary has added $35m in grants to support the global effort to end the disease..

21 Sep 2016

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