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The health science missing in Rwanda, South Africa

Feb25

The next step for how science can boost healthcare in Africa is ‘implementation science’ — working out how best to apply research findings and provide services — according to Rwanda’s former Minister of Health and a senior policymaker in the South African government.

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Climate change is smallholders’ pain

Experts use many numbers when talking about climate change. However, rising temperatures, the resulting crop failure and consequent loss of livelihoods and destitution of millions of households are this year’s most important and urgent developments for millions of smallholder farmers across African agro-ecological landscapes.

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Time is ripe to predict drought to help African farmers

The scorching heat of Kenya’s south coast is causing nightmares to many farmers. Just two months ago, after the rains arrived, Kenya’s south coast was lush with green scenery. The maize fields were thriving and the tomatoes and bell peppers were flourishing. Farmers were happy and looking forward to a bumper harvest.

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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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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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African policy to end hunger silent on climate risk

The African Union’s Malabo Declaration adopted in 2014 to double agricultural productivity and end hunger by 2025 underestimated the risk that climate change will pose, a report says. The declaration failed to consider investing in Africa’s scientific capacity to combat climate threats, according to the report, which was produced by the UK-based Agriculture for Impact, and launched in Rwanda this month (14 June).

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