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Africa: Why Western Economists Get It Wrong

Development economics as a field of study was formally launched in the 1950s by the Afro-Caribbean economist Arthur Lewis who, out of necessity, wanted to understand how his own country, Saint Lucia, could transform from an agro-based economy into a modern industrial state (later, in 1979, Lewis was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for this work, the only black person to have won the prize to date). continue reading »

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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Africa Analysis: More TB funding and data needed

TB remains an underfunded and under-researched health problem in many parts of Africa, writes Linda Nordling.   In more than 30 years since its discovery, HIV has become one of the biggest targets of global health funding. By contrast, tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease caused by a bacterium discovered in the 19th century.

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Doing HIV research under Uganda’s annulled anti-gay law

Research to determine new HIV infections in high-risk populations is touted by experts as difficult, thus making researchers rely on mathematical models to provide estimates.

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Climate change could increase the risk of malaria in cool areas

Nairobi – Africa’s cool and highland areas could be more vulnerable to malaria due to climate change than previously thought, a modelling study shows.

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New partnership to aid crop-livestock systems launched

Addis Ababa – A new partnership aimed at using research and scientific innovations to support the livelihoods of dryland communities in Sub-Saharan Africa has been launched.

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