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Released: 18-Jun-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Undiagnosed and Untreated Disease Identified in Rural South Africa
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A comprehensive health-screening program in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has found a high burden of undiagnosed or poorly controlled non-communicable diseases, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Finding Pathways For Sustainable Development in Africa
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new project funded by the Belmont Forum will develop novel tools and capacities to understand and manage interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and support sustainable development pathways for African countries.

Newswise: Fishing in African Waters
Released: 27-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Fishing in African Waters
University of Delaware

Industrial fleets from countries around the world have been increasingly fishing in African waters, but with climate change and increasing pollution threatening Africa’s fish stocks, there is a growing concern of the sustainability of these marine fisheries if they continue to be exploited by foreign countries.

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Released: 21-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Picture Perfect: Camera Traps Find Endangered Dryas Monkeys
Florida Atlantic University

The Endangered dryas monkey is one of Africa’s most mysterious primates. They are difficult to find because they live in dense vegetation in secondary forest thickets. Using non-invasive research and no-flash camera traps from 2014 to 2019, scientists have confirmed the occurrence of the dryas monkey at seven locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo spanning a total area of 3,453 square kilometers, based on opportunistic reports provided by local village residents and park patrols.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 1:20 PM EDT
New Tech Makes Detecting Airborne Ebola Virus Possible
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

&T's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center designed and conducted a study to optimize methods for collecting and measuring very small amounts of Ebola virus in the air.

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Released: 19-Apr-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Who is Selling and Trafficking Africa’s Wild Meat?
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study classifies different types of wildlife traffickers and sellers in two of Central Africa’s growing urban centers, providing new insight into the poorly understood urban illegal wildlife trade.

Newswise: STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade
Released: 18-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EDT
STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Conservation Science and Practice finds that restaurants in urban areas in Central Africa play a key role in whether protected wildlife winds up on the menu.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 6:05 PM EST
Study: Increase in taking HIV meds using Amazon Prime model
University of Washington School of Medicine

Home delivery of HIV medicines in South Africa significantly increased viral suppression compared to those who received clinical care, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The study was conducted with Amazon.com guidance during COVID-19 restrictions in South Africa.

24-Feb-2021 8:05 PM EST
What Motivates Natural Resource Policymakers in Africa to Take Action on Climate Change?
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Climate services are vital tools for decision makers addressing climate change in developing countries. Science-based seasonal forecasts and accompanying materials can support climate risk management in agriculture, health, water management, energy, and disaster risk reduction. But in East Africa, natural resource managers have been slow to use climate information services, partly because they are difficult to understand and may not feel relevant for their local planning purposes. A new study published by the journal Risk Analysis suggests that one way to encourage policymakers in East Africa to use climate services more often is to appeal to the motivational factors that influence their professional actions on climate change.

Released: 17-Feb-2021 5:15 PM EST
Online tool helps estimate COVID's true toll on sub-Saharan Africa
Princeton University

One early feature of reporting on the coronavirus pandemic was the perception that sub-Saharan Africa was largely being spared the skyrocketing infection and death rates that were disrupting nations around the world.

Newswise: Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito
Released: 12-Feb-2021 1:25 PM EST
Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito
University of California San Diego

Researchers have produced a groundbreaking new reference genome for the Asian malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi. The achievement will help scientists engineer advanced forms of defense against malaria transmission, including targeted CRISPR and gene drive-based strategies.

Newswise: Gift supports Cornell’s Tanzanian cassava efforts
Released: 4-Feb-2021 2:45 PM EST
Gift supports Cornell’s Tanzanian cassava efforts
Cornell University

A $2.65 million gift to support Cornell University and partner research in Tanzania will improve distribution of new and more resistant varieties of cassava while empowering women and marginalized groups in the East African nation.

Released: 3-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
In Ethiopia, Mother’s Wealth More Protective Against Child Marriage Than Father’s
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

For a girl in Ethiopia, her mother’s wealth can protect her from becoming a child bride – but if a father prefers child marriage, his own wealth may increase the likelihood that she will be married before 18, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study.

Released: 1-Feb-2021 9:20 AM EST
Innova Medical Group COVID Antigen Tests Capable of Detecting UK, South Africa and Brazil Variants
Innova Medical Group, Inc.

Innova Medical Group, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of rapid antigen test kits and leader in COVID-19 testing solutions globally, confirmed today that the company's SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test kits have successfully detected the several mutated strains that have become more widespread around the world in recent weeks.

Newswise: Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa
30-Dec-2020 2:30 PM EST
Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deforestation dropped by 18 percent in two years in African countries where organizations subscribed to receive warnings from a new service using satellites to detect decreases in forest cover in the tropics.

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Released: 22-Dec-2020 12:55 PM EST
A new species of mammal may have been found in Africa's montane forests
University of Helsinki

A research team from the University of Helsinki has discovered a tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya, which may belong to a species previously unknown to science.

Newswise: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Researchers Receive $5 Million NIH Grant to Study HIV and HPV Cancers in Africa
Released: 13-Nov-2020 11:55 AM EST
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Researchers Receive $5 Million NIH Grant to Study HIV and HPV Cancers in Africa
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

A team of scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine has received a five-year, $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a research center to investigate HIV- and human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers in Africa.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Fear of COVID-19 raises risk of depression among Soweto's deprived communities
Cambridge University Press

A STUDY into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the mental health of people in Soweto has found a significant link between symptoms of depression and how likely people felt they were to be infected.

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Released: 15-Oct-2020 5:10 PM EDT
USAID-Florida State University partnership set to boost teacher training systems in Zambia
Florida State University

The Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University will lead a five-year, $15 million project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve pre-service teacher training in Zambia. LSI faculty, in collaboration with partners School-to-School International and the University of Zambia, will work with 12 universities and colleges of education in the country to improve the training of primary grade teachers.

Released: 9-Oct-2020 10:05 AM EDT
CWRU and UH Researchers Secure $4 Million in NCI Funding to Investigate Relationships between HIV and Lung Cancer in East Africa
Case Western Reserve University

Researchers with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center have secured $4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) to establish an HIV-associated Malignancy Research Center focused on lung cancer in East Africa.

Newswise: Survey reveals popular misconceptions about child marriage
17-Sep-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Survey reveals popular misconceptions about child marriage
PLOS

Misconceptions about child marriage (marriage under 18) appear widespread among the American public, potentially hampering efforts to address the practice globally.

Newswise: Study: Decreasing Wildfires Observed Over Central Africa
Released: 15-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Study: Decreasing Wildfires Observed Over Central Africa
University at Albany, State University of New York

A new observational study has revealed a decreasing burned area trend that could impact African ecosystems.

Released: 25-Aug-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Researchers help inform cassava breeding worldwide
Cornell University

Scientists in Cornell University’s NextGen Cassava project have uncovered new details regarding cassava’s genetic architecture that may help breeders more easily pinpoint traits for one of Africa’s most vital crops.

Released: 21-Aug-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Research links Southeast Asia megadrought to drying in Africa
University of Pennsylvania

Physical evidence found in caves in Laos helps tell a story about a connection between the end of the Green Sahara, when once heavily vegetated Northern Africa became a hyper-arid landscape, and a previously unknown megadrought that crippled Southeast Asia 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California
UC Davis Health

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One.

Newswise: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Investing in the mind: Research explores the link between wages, school and cognitive ability in South Africa
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Using data sets that only became available in recent years, researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York analyzed the wage impact of cognitive skills in South Africa.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 8:45 AM EDT
The Challenge Initiative at the Bloomberg School of Public Health Receives Two Grants to Support Family Planning for Women and Girls in Poor Urban Areas
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a global initiative based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that supports the reproductive health needs of women and girls living in poor urban communities in Africa and Asia, has received grants totaling $18.1 million from Bayer AG and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Newswise: Faculty Receive Grant to Examine the Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 Public Health Policies in Uganda
Released: 16-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Faculty Receive Grant to Examine the Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 Public Health Policies in Uganda
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers faculty receive grant to study how COVID-19 policies affect health care utilization, food security, and mental health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Newswise: Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash
Released: 6-Jul-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash

Newswise: Uganda’s Ik are not Unbelievably Selfish and Mean
Released: 25-Jun-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Uganda’s Ik are not Unbelievably Selfish and Mean
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Ik, a small ethnic group in Uganda, are not incredibly selfish and mean as portrayed in a 1972 book by a prominent anthropologist, according to a Rutgers-led study. Instead, the Ik are quite cooperative and generous with one another, and their culture features many traits that encourage generosity.

Newswise: Tropical Forest Loss
Released: 23-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Tropical Forest Loss
University of Delaware

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that tropical forest loss is increased by large-scale land acquisitions and that certain kind investment projects—including tree plantations and plantations for producing palm oil and wood fiber—are “consistently associated with increased forest loss.”

Released: 2-Jun-2020 6:00 AM EDT
UM School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology Awarded Grants to Strengthen COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa
University of Maryland Medical Center

The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology was awarded $4 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response activities in Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique.

Released: 7-May-2020 6:30 PM EDT
Dearth of Medical Resources in Africa for COVID-19 Reminiscent of Early HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Georgetown University Medical Center

Global health scholars have issued a clarion call about the needless loss of life expected because of a foreseeable prospect of “slow and inadequate access to supplies” to control COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. They say what is unfolding now is similar to when lifesaving diagnostics and treatments came to the region long after they were available elsewhere.

Newswise: Warwick Researchers to provide COVID-19 Intervention Modelling for East Africa (CIMEA)
Released: 20-Apr-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Warwick Researchers to provide COVID-19 Intervention Modelling for East Africa (CIMEA)
University of Warwick

The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) across the world poses a threat to all, but particularly, countries with the weakest health syste

17-Apr-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Can sub-Saharan Africa achieve sustainable access to energy for all by 2030?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern electricity services by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa, the pace of electrification must more than triple.

Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Rutgers Expert Explores Impact of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert discusses the impact of COVID-19 in the African region and what can be done to help these countries fight the worldwide pandemic.

Newswise: A hunger fighter empowers farmers with NextGen Cassava
Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:40 PM EST
A hunger fighter empowers farmers with NextGen Cassava
Cornell University

Alfred Ozimati is breeding the latest in disease-resistant cassava that meets the needs of subsistence farmers, thanks to the NextGen Cassava project run by Cornell University.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 1:50 PM EST
How door-to-door canvassing slowed an epidemic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Liberia was the epicenter of a high-profile Ebola outbreak in 2014-15, which led to more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
‘Dramas of desperation’: Book examines naked protest in Africa
Cornell University

In July 2002, hundreds of female protestors in Nigeria occupied properties owned by Chevron Texaco. By threatening to take off their clothes, the women convinced corporate authorities to negotiate with them for better resource management and for environmental justice.

Newswise: Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
20-Feb-2020 11:50 AM EST
Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
University of Utah

The study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations— a group known as the “super-archaics” in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded.

Newswise: Researchers Show How Ebola Virus Hijacks Host Lipids
12-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
Researchers Show How Ebola Virus Hijacks Host Lipids
Biophysical Society

Robert Stahelin studies some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Filoviruses, including Ebola virus and Marburg virus, cause viral hemorrhagic fever with high fatality rates. Stahelin, professor at Purdue University, examines how these viruses take advantage of human host cells.


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