Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of STIs

By Onche Odeh [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of …

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Q&A: Young African talent will set science agenda

By Onche Odeh Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has served as chief executive of the UK’s Medical Research Council and deputy director at Imperial College London. In this interview, the biomedical researcher tells SciDev.Net about how Africa needs to fuse local policies with global efforts on scientific collaboration. He …

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African universities urged to focus on mathematics

By Onche Odeh [DAKAR] African universities must widen their teaching of mathematics and its use in research to support efforts to tackle the continent’s biggest problems, according to experts at a conference this week. Maths is an essential tool in modern science and supports development through areas such as economic planning, government statistics and the …

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