Shining light at night could suppress mosquito bites

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] Exposing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to light at two-hour intervals during the night or at late daytime could inhibit their biting behaviour and reduce malaria transmission, says a study. A 2016 report of the World Health Organization says that 214 million people worldwide were infected with malaria in 2015, resulting in 438,000 …

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Panel formed to advise Africa on use of technologies

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] A ten-member panel has been appointed by the outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission to advise the continent on use of existing and emerging technologies for economic development. According to the AU Commission’s implementing agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African countries need to strengthen legal …

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Mental health should get urgent attention in Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] Mental health is becoming one of Africa’s healthcare challenges that needs to be addressed urgently. But, from World Psychiatric Association International Congress, which I attended in South Africa last month (18-22 November), I realised that it is not getting the attention it deserves. Indeed, it is becoming incumbent …

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Climate change forces Tanzanian households to cut meals

By Munyaradzi Makoni Climate change has forced children and pregnant mothers to vary diets and skip meals, thus threatening undernourishment in Tanzania, a study says. Floods and droughts are responsible for food shortages in three villages of Rufiji district, Tanzania, where 78 per cent of the population produce food for consumption and income. “Climate variability …

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Robots helping tell the ocean story in South Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni Thanks to robotic gliders, South African researchers are making gains in ocean R&D, writes Munyaradzi Makoni. Eddies — circular currents of water — move deep water nutrients to the surface, but their overall effect on the Southern Ocean and the earth’s changing climate is barely understood. The Southern Ocean, also called the …

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