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Killers on the prowl

Quacks, or unlicensed medical personnel, have emerged from the recesses of Nigeria’s byzantine and mostly unregulated healthcare system and are now boldly operating in public and private hospitals.

Zimbabwe launches a $5m computer centre

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Zimbabwe has launched a $5.4 million high performance computing centre making her the third African country to have in place such IT infrastructure which aims to address the computational requirements of the wider scientific community in the country.

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Bats source of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa

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A new study has traced the origin of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to contact between humans and virus – infected bats.

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WORLD AIDS DAY: We must leave no one behind’ – Ban Ki’Moon

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As the world continue to work hard to eradicate the global scourge of HIV/AIDS, the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki’moon has said that everybody must be carried along and no one should be left behind in the fight to eradicate the disease by the year 2030.

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AGRA gets new leadership

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a leading African agricultural development organization, driving small-holder led agricultural transformation in Africa, has announced a major leadership change.

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Fighting Ebola and its myths

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A months-long battle to bring West Africa’s Ebola outbreak under control has stretched medical teams to the limit, while mistrust in some communities has impaired prevention work and raised questions about the delivery of health warnings. The outbreak, which was first declared in March in southeast Guinea, should have been winding down now, with cases […]

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Nigerian Scientists discover new malaria therapy

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Scientists at Nigeria’s National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and development (NIPRD) have introduced phytomedicine for the treatment of malaria, ulcer and fungal related diseases.

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Deploying Nanotechnology for Nigeria’s development

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With varied socio-economic challenges in the country, a group of researchers converged on the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to explore the promising future offered by nanotechnology. Solomon Elusoji writes that it is already a valid solution to many long-standing medical, social and environmental problems We gasp in surprise when someone tells us that, in the […]

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As resistance grows, malaria vaccine raises hopes

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Even as researchers announce that a malaria vaccine could be available by 2015, the threat of resistance – by the malaria parasite to the most effective drugs and by mosquitoes to frontline insecticides – continues to grow. Donor funding for malaria has plateaued, and African countries are struggling to finance the scale-up of some crucial […]

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IITA scientist wins the prestigious 2013 Norman Borlaug Award

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By John Abah Anthony Research scientist Dr Charity Mutegi of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is the recipient of the 2013 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Mamadou Biteye, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for Africa, made the announcement at the request of the World Food […]

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