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What a walk down Ebola memory tells us

Antwerp (Belgium) – Forty years ago, the first Ebola blood samples were carried by a Congolese woman in her hand bag from Zaire to Belgium on Sabena Airlines. Yes, you read that correctly. Nothing is the same anymore. Zaire is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabena airlines — then the national carrier for Belgium — closed in 2001, but its successor Brussels Airlines played again a prominent role in the last Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As you know, this last Ebola outbreak was vastly different from all the ones before.

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Infant antibodies could increase HIV vaccine creation

Kisumu (Kenya) – A study in Kenya that has found that novel antibodies evolve quickly with limited mutation and could accelerated HIV/AIDS vaccines development. The researchers aimed to define HIV antibodies developed in an infant out of 425 mother-infant pairs.

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Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance

Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi’s agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.

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Large-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Eases Scarcity in Kenya

Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old practice.

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Lack of data hampers Africa’s fight against malnutrition

NAIROBI – Lack of data on nutrition is a major challenge to the fight against malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, an expert says.

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Uganda Rolls Out Compulsory Immunization to Dispel Anti-Vaccine Myths

KAMPALA – Patience*, a Ugandan maid, planned on taking her three-year-old son for polio immunization during the country’s mass campaigns a year ago, until her landlord’s wife told her a shocking myth.

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