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Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is implementing the African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme, which is engaging Africa’s science leaders and political stakeholders to identify of the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development.
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The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)

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This call for expressions of interest serves as an invitation to all research management professionals in Africa and UK working in academic and research institutions to lodge applications to participate in the programme.
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Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees

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AIMF supports African and Indian researchers to conduct visits of three months in either direction. Funding supports collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.
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Developing affordable titanium implants in Africa

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Bodunrin’s AESA-RISE research project focuses on developing low-cost titanium alloys by using a combination of different approaches.
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Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy

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Zebib and her team conducted some field work in the rural areas of Tigray region, Ethiopia, to understand the source and use of energy among households.
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The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19

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(courtesy: THE CONVERSATION, 11 June 2020)

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Reviewing Africa Episode 1: COVID-19

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Africa’s scientists have had to pick testing over genome sequencing for a coronavirus vaccine

(Courtesy: Quartz Africa)

Pools of genome sequences of SARS-CoV-2 from all over the world are currently being scrutinized by scientists for insight into the Covid-19 disease. If a vaccine is eventually discovered—based on the sequences pooled so far—Africa may end up with the ‘Rotaviruses Vaccine Problem’.

Africa’s scientists learn from past epidemics to fight Covid-19

(Courtesy Financial Times)

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Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

(Courtesy: The Conversation)

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat COVID-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country clinical trial. The trials have yet to begin, but ten countries have already signed up. Only one of them, South Africa, is on the African continent.

Taiwan, vaccines, Africa preparedness The EvidenceCoronavirus: The Evidence

(Courtesy: BBC UK)

The Evidence looks at what we know about the virus and the immune system, why does it cause mild or even no symptoms in some people but makes others very ill?

Academic communities respond to society’s needs

(Courtesy: University World News)

North African student unions and academic communities have launched several civic engagement and social responsibility initiatives, ranging from fundraising and awareness campaigns to consultancy guidance and medical initiatives, in an effort to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.