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Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw deal
Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw dealArticle

The contributions that women in West Africa's fisheries make to the sector are widely un(der)paid, undervalued and largely invisible...

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood and Sayra van den Berg Bhagwandas 4 May 2021

Ebola virus virion. CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith
Ebola might be a chronic infection - but here's why we shouldn't panicArticle

Ebola is back in Guinea in West Africa, five years after the largest Ebola epidemic ever known ended...

Connor Bamford 1 Apr 2021

Workers at India’s biggest syringe manufacturer ramp up production in September 2020 in race to meet Covid-19 vaccine-driven demand. Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images
Why India is banking on health diplomacy to grow African footprintArticle

India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its bilateral trade increased from $7.bn in 2001 to $63bn in 2017/18...

Dan Banik & Renu Modik 26 Mar 2021

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitalsArticle

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough...

Gilles van Cutsem 2 Mar 2021

Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmers
Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmersArticle

Agriculture is an important part of development and poverty mitigation in low income countries. It depends on infrastructure such as good roads, safe drinking water...

Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, Abeeb Babatunde Omotoso, Saidat Adebola Daud 25 Feb 2021

Medical staff check each others protective suits. Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images
Ebola strikes West Africa again: key questions and lessons from the pastArticle

News of a new outbreak of Ebola in Guinea is indeed distressing...

Mosoka Fallah 19 Feb 2021

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WHO alerts six African countries after Ebola outbreaksArticle

CONAKRY - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked six African countries to be alert for possible Ebola infections...

Saliou Samb 18 Feb 2021

Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade
Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the tradeArticle

The megacity of Lagos has an estimated population of 24 million. And it's constantly growing, putting additional strain on a city that already has serious challenges...

Chidi Nzeadibe et al. 13 Jan 2021

Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa
Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in AfricaArticle

Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

24 Dec 2020

Professor Felicity Burt
SARS, MERS research paved way for rapid development of Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

Research on vaccines for the SARS and MERS viruses paved the way for more rapid development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allowing candidate vaccines to reach clinical trial stages in record time...

8 Dec 2020

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Partnership to improve public health supply chains ahead of Covid-19 vaccine roll-outArticle

"The health commodity supply chain, particularly in the public sector in Africa, has traditionally been managed and operated by healthcare professionals with an intuitive understanding of supply chain operations, but often without the relevant supply chain training or relevant qualifications."

7 Dec 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, CEO, African Green Resources
There may be a Covid-19 vaccine, but what about Africa?Article

The recent announcements by global pharmaceutical companies that their Covid-19 vaccines have shown over 90% effectiveness is undoubtedly triumphant news...

Zuneid Yousuf 30 Nov 2020

A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness researchArticle

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN reportArticle

Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control Covid-19Article

Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn't spared from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, countries have been advised to keep testing, treating and isolating to reduce infections...

Christian Happi & Ifeyinwa Aniebo 28 Oct 2020

Pandemic delivers mixed fortunes for laboratory, analytics industry
Pandemic delivers mixed fortunes for laboratory, analytics industryArticle

The pandemic has resulted in an overall drop in revenues for global laboratory and analytics businesses, although some segments in the sector reported a spike in demand...

26 Oct 2020

Activists of the Movement for Change and Social Justice canvassing the streets of Gugulethu in Cape Town. MCSJ
How Covid-19 changed community engagement in South Africa's low income areasArticle

Covid-19 has radically changed South African lives. Low-income communities have been particularly hard hit by the strict lockdown rules. Many are facing a loss of income, food insecurities and in infection control due to the absence of individual water taps and toilets...

Myrna van Pinxteren & Christopher J Colvin 22 Oct 2020

Claudia Shilumani, CEO, Centre for Communication Impact
#2020AfricaBrandSummit: Winning hearts and minds in the midst of a pandemicArticle

Honesty and engaging with communities to allay fears, often sparked by fake news, were the driving forces behind the communication strategy aligned with South Africa's Covid-19 crisis management policy...

Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2020

Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?Article

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

Buying property on auction? Here's what you need to know
Buying property on auction? Here's what you need to knowArticle

According to Skoko Sebola, principal at Leapfrog Midrand, buying property at an auction does not necessarily guarantee that you'll get a better deal...

17 Sep 2020

Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone. Steven Rubin
Why Sierra Leone needs to focus on cardiovascular healthArticle

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are major causes of death and disability globally.

Maria Odland & Justine Ina Davies 10 Sep 2020

3 accelerators to Covid-19 response
3 accelerators to Covid-19 responseArticle

Covid19 has challenged every industry - especially healthcare - to think differently, rely on data, target action and rapidly trial new models of care and technology in the race to save lives and preserve health...

8 Sep 2020

Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it mattersArticle

By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

Data protection isn't just an IT issue, says BIL Logistics
Data protection isn't just an IT issue, says BIL LogisticsArticle

Ransomware attacks, which encrypt data and block access to systems until a ransom is paid, have become the most common and costly form of cyberattacks in the supply chain industry...

1 Sep 2020

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How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to virusesArticle

Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife - and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk...

24 Aug 2020

Comic by XKCD. (CC BY-NC 2.5)
Why the Covid recovery rate is a lousy measure of how we're doingArticle

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize surely does not relish putting out the daily numbers for Covid infection and death counts. To sweeten the bitter pill, the daily press release traditionally ends by reporting both 'deaths and recoveries'...

Alex Welte 21 Aug 2020

Congolese artist Chris Shongo paints on the outside wall of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa on June 18, 2020.
Covid-19 shows that the DRC must invest in a health research industryArticle

In early March, the first Covid-19 case was imported from Europe to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) densely populated capital city.

Dacquin M. Kasumba 14 Aug 2020

[REPORT]: Secondary education prepares youth for the future of work
[REPORT]: Secondary education prepares youth for the future of workArticle

Now is the time to rethink secondary education systems to ensure Africa's youth have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the workforce...

14 Aug 2020

Covid-19 only a dress rehearsal for pandemics
Covid-19 only a dress rehearsal for pandemicsArticle

Some scientists feel that the current Covid-19 pandemic, which has already infected more than 16-million and killed more than 600,000 worldwide, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger pandemic...

27 Jul 2020

A nurse demonstrates how to perform a swab test in Johannesburg, South Africa. Michele Spatari / AFP via Getty Images
10 ways South Africa can step up care for its healthcare workersArticle

South Africa's health system has a longstanding problem: a severe shortage of medical staff. The World Bank estimates that South Africa has only 0.9 medical doctors for every 1,000 people compared with the global average of 1.6...

Kaymarlin Govender, Gavin George, Sean Beckett & Tim Quinlan 23 Jul 2020

SANBS CEO, Dr Jonathan Louw, was among one of the first people diagnosed with Covid-19 in South Africa. He is giving back by making the country’s first convalescent plasma donation.
Convalescent plasma as a possible Covid-19 therapyArticle

A trial is underway to investigate the effectiveness and safety of treating patients with moderate to severe Covid-19 pneumonia with convalescent plasma (CP) from people who have recovered from the virus...

22 Jul 2020

Post-Covid, there’s an opportunity to form lateral research partnerships driven by the needs of African communities. GettyImages
International research collaborations: how can we shift the power towards Africa?Article

The higher education sector globally has been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Academics have been discussing various aspects of the disruptions in a series of webinars organised by the University of Cape Town...

Salome Maswime, Kevin Marsh & Rifat Atun 20 Jul 2020

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against Covid-19 in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 vaccine: the challenges of running a trial in the middle of a pandemicArticle

South Africa recently announced the start of the country's first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial. The vaccine is also being tested in the UK and Brazil...

Jeffrey Mphahlele 7 Jul 2020

Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in AfricaArticle

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront...

Mimi Alemayehou 6 Jul 2020

A researcher holds a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine at the National Primate Research Center of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Africa waited for solutions to past health crises: will it be different for Covid-19?Article

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently noted that "researchers are working at break-neck speed" to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19)...

Hailay Gesesew 2 Jul 2020

Kibali Mine is fully automated. Image: Barrick Gold Corporation
Covid is forcing the mining sector to adopt technologyArticle

"Can you imagine explaining 5G or autonomy or the cloud to a mine boss from, even the, mid-twentieth century? Or even remote technologies that we're using now, pre-Covid-19 in some cases?"

23 Jun 2020

A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019. AUGUSTIN WAMENYA/AFP via Getty Images
The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and Covid-19Article

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th...

Yap Boum 23 Jun 2020

Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Mine in DRC
Commodities, power and capacity buildingArticle

Commodities resilience in the face of a crisis, the need for an energy regulator and local content were under discussion on the second day of the Digital DRC Mining Week webinar...

22 Jun 2020

African tourism has been put on ice by coronavirus - here's how some countries are reviving it
African tourism has been put on ice by coronavirus - here's how some countries are reviving itArticle

Developing countries that depend heavily on tourists need international support and more sustainable offerings for the future...

Davina Stanford and Adama Bah 19 Jun 2020

A security guard checks the body temperature of a motorcyclist as a preventive measure. Risa Krisadhi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of Covid-19? Think againArticle

As lockdowns are lifted, procedures are being put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Along with physical distancing, hand sanitisation and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement...

Andrea Fuller & Duncan Mitchell 17 Jun 2020

Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices
Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practicesArticle

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls...

Justine Coulson, Roberta Clarke, and Mohamed M. Fall 17 Jun 2020

A deserted street in Cairo after coronavirus-related restrictions were tightened. Egypt has been one of the hardest hit in Africa. Photo by Mohamed Elraai/picture alliance via Getty Images
Controlling Covid-19 will carry devastating economic cost for developing countriesArticle

Many African countries quickly closed their borders and imposed lockdown. This meant that, until the beginning of May, no African country had more than 10,000 people affected, with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco or Algeria being the hardest hit...

Borja Santos Porras 4 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 shows the world needs physicians who can look beyond medical chartsArticle

As modern medicine has advanced, so too has our understanding of what affects health. Over recent decades this has generated a number of new fields in medicine. One of the most important that has been born out of the latest generation is social medicine...

Abebe Bekele & Agnes Binagwaho 4 Jun 2020

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 gameArticle

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 28 May 2020

Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative
Global solidarity with Africa is an imperativeArticle

As Covid-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic and, as of now, reported cases are lower than feared...

António Guterres 21 May 2020

How wildlife conservation could survive the devastating effects of Covid-19
How wildlife conservation could survive the devastating effects of Covid-19Article

Regarding wildlife conservation, we have experienced revenue streams and resources, worth years of ongoing research, development and contribution, dry up in a matter of weeks...

Dr Duncan MacFadyen 20 May 2020

Mass burials in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Raphael Alves
Coronavirus: there is no global south exceptionalismArticle

For most of us in the west, epidemics are what happen to other people. Covid-19 has changed that...

David Hunter 20 May 2020

A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP via Getty Images
Why more must be done to fight bogus Covid-19 cure claimsArticle

Time and again, public nervousness has proved a fertile ground for false cures and claimants to thrive. In this sense, recent claims of Covid-19 cures and antidotes are no exception...

Chimaraoke Izugbara & Mary O Obiyan 19 May 2020

Mapping tech helps stop Covid-19 in its tracks
Mapping tech helps stop Covid-19 in its tracksArticle

GIS mapping technology has been key to limiting the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa by providing access to real-time information and ensuring that vulnerable communities stay safe...

18 May 2020

Children are a high-risk population prone to severe complications from malaria. Shutterstock
Why malaria treatment shouldn't take a back seat to Covid-19Article

Ridding the world of malaria in the near future is a very ambitious goal. Efforts to achieve it have already been weakened by governments shifting resources from malaria control and elimination initiatives to the fight against Covid-19...

Jaishree Raman 15 May 2020

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