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The true cost of doing research in African institutions

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Research institutions grapple with stalled or extended projects because their researchers underestimate the full cost of doing research.
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Teenagers drive TB awareness in Botswana

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Although, we have a vaccine administered at birth in most low-income countries, the protective effect of the vaccine wanes off at adolescence, and the risk of TB begins to rise from the age of 12 years, peaking among the 18-49 year age group.
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Addressing Long Term Care for Nigeria’s Aging Population

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Aging is associated with functional decline and health and social support needs. Traditionally, the responsibility of providing long term care and support for older persons has been accepted by African families.
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Africa in a ‘sweet spot’ to lead global collaborations

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Africa has a history of being exploited by Western scientists, with helicopter research frequently downplaying the input and expertise of African scientists. However, turning our backs on global partners is not the solution, says University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
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Strengthening the Capacity of Africa’s Science Granting Councils in Research Management

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to implement the second phase of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Research Management Project which will strengthen the capacities of Africa’s Science Granting Councils.
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Barriers to malaria interventions in Ghana

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Malaria in pregnancy can have a devastating effect on pregnant women and their unborn children. Consequently, various intervention measures have been put in place to prevent and manage malaria among pregnant women in endemic countries such as Ghana. However, malaria continues to afflict some pregnant women.

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Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy

Non-renewable energy from fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil are used widely across the globe and particularly in Africa. Fossil fuels generate greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. This environmental problem and the ever-increasing demand for energy, has motivated researchers to look for alternative renewable energy sources.

Developing affordable titanium implants in Africa

Titanium alloys are coveted in a wide range of land-based applications especially in the biomedical industry where they are used for making implants and prostheses. Around 80 million people in Africa are considered disabled and this is likely to increase with an increasingly aging population. Accidents and their resultant injuries have contributed to a high prevalence of disability and significant impacts on quality of life in Africa. Producing implants and prostheses locally would help in tackling this disability burden. 

The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19

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Ten days after South Africa reported its first case of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020, the government moved quickly to declare a national state of disaster. Within days a National Coronavirus Command Council had been formed, travel restrictions imposed and schools closed. A national lockdown was announced on 23 March. This remains in force though restrictions are being lifted slowly.

Enhancing collaboration to strengthen Africa`s clinical trial capacity through an online platform

Without a cure or vaccine for COVID-19, it is likely the virus will continue to cause more deaths across the world. As of June 10, 2020, there are more than 1,096 COVID-19 clinical trials in the world and these numbers are changing rapidly. Only 35 (3%) are in Africa according to clinicaltrials.gov, PACTR and COVID-19 Trial Tracker. However, the African scientific community is adapting to the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment by readying themselves to conduct both drug and vaccine focused clinical trials. This has been possible in part because the number of COVID-19 cases remains low in Africa giving the community an opportunity to plan, improve processes and define new ways of doing things under COVID-19 instigated lock downs that have been implemented across the continent.

From Africa to the World: Connecting African innovators and ideas to industry

There is a disconnect between industry, angel donors, venture capitalists and research in Africa. This has resulted in few Research and Development (R&D) outputs being scaled up or commercialized and a negligible number of patents at 0.6 percent, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. The lack of funding also compounds the challenge meaning that quite often African innovations will rarely grow beyond just being an idea or prototype in the laboratories.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) today announced the launch of an innovative platform for African innovators to connect with partners who can provide funding, help them scale-up and commercialize their innovations or promote their uptake in policy.

Making an impact through an innovation ecosystem to enhance Improved lives in Africa

Simon Ndoria, Programme Officer at Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa), presents the Grand Challenges Innovation Network, a virtual network that launched today for African innovators and innovation support partners...