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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the WHO
One billion yellow fever vaccinations in Africa by 2026

A collaborative - between the WHO, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, Unicef and more than 50 health partners - aims to vaccinate nearly one billion Africans against yellow fever in 27 high-risk countries by 2026...

11 Apr 2018

Einstein Forum
Building knowledge-based economies in Africa

Plans necessary to nurture the creative, skilled populations that will form the bedrock of knowledge-led economies in Africa, was discussed at the Next Einstein Forum in Rwanda this week...

29 Mar 2018

(L to R): Thierry Zomahoun, president and CEO of AIMS, and founder and chair of NEF, Elsevier CEO, Ron Mobed.
New scientific publication boosts African research

An open access multi-disciplinary journal to boost the global reach of research from Africa has been launched by the next Einstein Forum...

28 Mar 2018

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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

Nomfundo Dlamini, Tank Research founder.
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
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

Spanish Olympic Athlete, Maria Azucena Diaz, tests the body sensors. Credit: ElPais
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
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

Dr William Mapham.
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#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
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

Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"
Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"

Although the long-term underlying intention is reduce malaria in Africa, the release of genetically modified (GM) "male-sterile" mosquitoes in Burkina Faso this year by the Target Malaria research consortium has no real benefit...

14 Feb 2018

Solar project helps resolve power outages in Malawi hospitals
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

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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
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
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

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

Meet Africa's startup stars
Meet Africa's startup stars

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

20 Nov 2017

Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
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

Three outstanding African innovators walk away with Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 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

Sthembile Shabangu
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
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

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Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead...

16 Sep 2016

Exciting future for continent that accesses the power of Internet of Things
Exciting future for continent that accesses the power of Internet of Things

With smartphone usage on the up and IT literacy expanding, bringing Internet of Things (IoT) level connectivity is a natural progression for this tech-hungry continent...

By Brett Parker 16 Aug 2016

FAO calls for increased vigilance as avian influenza virus H5N1 advances
FAO calls for increased vigilance as avian influenza virus H5N1 advances

As the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, H5N1, spreads across countries in West and Central Africa, the region is on high alert...

15 Jul 2016

Asia's Ebola fears cause tour cancellations
Asia's Ebola fears cause tour cancellations

The Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, says South Africa's tourism sector is not under threat from the Ebola Virus Disease even though a number of Asian visitors have cancelled planned trips to this country.

20 Aug 2014

Resistance to GM crops may be waning
Resistance to GM crops may be waning

While SA has been growing genetically modified (GM) crops for many years, resistance from across most of the continent is set to slow global plans to turn Africa into the world's breadbasket.

12 Aug 2013