Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

By Sam Otieno [GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa. It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. The project is being funded by the African …

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African nations miss vaccine coverage target

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] The proportion of children worldwide who received all doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine in 2016 fell short of the 90 per cent target, with African countries particularly lagging, a new WHO and UNICEF report shows. The WHO says that due to immunisations, two to three million deaths are prevented every year, …

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New tool to forecast malnutrition-related vulnerabilities

By Sam Otieno, Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] A new online tool to help decision-makers take early action to resolve problems that cause high levels of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa has been launched. The tool known as Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) will be in use by the end of this year in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia and …

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Kenya gets new facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and Kenya Biologics Ltd, will enable smallholders control fruit flies that …

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Low-cost tech needed to beat malaria in Africa

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Investing in low-cost technological innovations and tools could reduce malaria burden in Africa, say experts. Speaking at a workshop on closing gaps to protect people from deadly forms of malaria held in Kenya this month (21 April) — barely a week before World Malaria Day (25 April), the experts emphasised that …

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