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Released: 23-Aug-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Solar powered irrigation: a game-changer for small-scale farms in sub-Saharan Africa
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, finds that standalone solar photovoltaic irrigation systems have the potential to meet more than a third of the water needs for crops in small-scale farms across sub-Saharan Africa.

Newswise: Rutgers Scientist’s Research Provides Insight Into COVID-19 Immunity
Released: 17-Aug-2023 1:50 PM EDT
Rutgers Scientist’s Research Provides Insight Into COVID-19 Immunity
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Exposure to common cold-causing coronaviruses may contribute to pre-existing immunity to COVID-19, according to a new study involving a Rutgers research scientist.

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Released: 17-Aug-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Gender-Based Research Project Provides African Women Farmers with Access to Livestock Vaccines
Tufts University

Before they had access to livestock vaccines, many women in rural parts of Africa who manage livestock had to resort to traditional medicines when their animals got sick, or suffer loss of their animals.

Released: 17-Aug-2023 10:00 AM EDT
Moffitt Awarded $5.5 Million to Study Virus-Associated Tumors Among Those Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa
Moffitt Cancer Center

The Center for Immunization and Infection Research in Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center is expanding its viral infection research in Africa. The cancer center has received a $5.5 million, five-year specialized research center grant (U54CA277834) from the National Cancer Institute to investigate virus-associated tumors that disproportionately impact men and women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Released: 14-Aug-2023 5:30 PM EDT
How did South African healthcare workers cope during the pandemic?
University of California, Berkeley

A new study by UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Andrew Wooyoung Kim reveals resilient coping mechanisms used by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in metro Johannesburg, South Africa.

Released: 14-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT
New research offers solutions to improve drinking water access in developing countries
University of Notre Dame

New research from Alfonso Pedraza-Martinez, Professor of IT, Analytics and Operations in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, examines the critical problem of drinking water access in rural areas of developing countries and recommends optimal locations to build new water projects.

Released: 14-Aug-2023 10:45 AM EDT
Death tolls from climate disasters will ‘balloon’ without investment in Africa’s weather stations
University of Cambridge

The climate crisis is increasing the frequency and intensity of floods, droughts and heatwaves, with Africa expected to be among the global regions hit hardest.

Released: 9-Aug-2023 3:45 PM EDT
Then vs. now: Did the Horn of Africa reach a drought tipping point 11,700 years ago?
Utrecht University

‘Wet gets wetter, dry gets drier’. That mantra has been used for decennia to predict how global warming will affect the hydrological cycle in different world regions.

Newswise: Kordofan giraffes face local extinction if poaching continues
Released: 4-Aug-2023 8:55 AM EDT
Kordofan giraffes face local extinction if poaching continues
University of Bristol

Poaching of two Critically Endangered Kordofan giraffes per year could result in extinction in just 15 years within Cameroon’s Bénoué National Park without intervention. These are the alarming new findings of a University of Bristol and Bristol Zoological Society-led study published in the African Journal of Ecology.

Released: 20-Jul-2023 3:35 PM EDT
The malnutrition paradox: Adolescent obesity in Zimbabwe
Osaka Metropolitan University

In some African countries that have traditionally faced issues such as undernourishment and hunger, being overweight is perceived as a good sign of health and prosperity.

Released: 18-Jul-2023 2:30 PM EDT
Study Offers Guidance for Improving Access to Oncology Drug Treatments in Sub-Saharan Africa
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health researchers review treatments that could improve outcomes for patients in a region where cancer rates are rising significantly.

Released: 17-Jul-2023 10:40 AM EDT
Apple snail invasion could be “disastrous” for rice production and food security in Kenya, study reveals
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)

An invasion of apple snail could be “disastrous” for rice production and food security in Kenya as well as other rice growing regions across Africa, according to a new CABI-led study published in the journal Pest Management Science.

Newswise: Sylvester Researchers, Collaborators Seek Answers to Prostate, Breast Cancer Among People of African Ancestry
Released: 10-Jul-2023 10:30 PM EDT
Sylvester Researchers, Collaborators Seek Answers to Prostate, Breast Cancer Among People of African Ancestry
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Disparities: A new African Cancer Genome Registry at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami seeks to find reasons for higher prostate and breast cancer rates in people of African ancestry. Dr. Sophia George, co-principal investigator, is available for interviews, as are two breast and prostate cancer study participants.

Released: 5-Jul-2023 6:45 PM EDT
Kenyan hospital visits linked to increased exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Washington State University

Kenyan patients who spend more than three days in the nation’s hospitals are more likely to harbor a form of bacteria resistant to one of the most widely used antibiotic classes, according to a recent study led by Washington State University.

Newswise: New Genetic Technology Developed to Halt Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes
Released: 5-Jul-2023 3:05 PM EDT
New Genetic Technology Developed to Halt Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes
University of California San Diego

Using CRISPR technology, scientists have engineered a new way to genetically suppress populations of Anopheles gambiae, the mosquitoes that primarily spread malaria in Africa and contribute to economic poverty in affected regions.

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28-Jun-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Knowledge powerhouses urged to join pioneering Africa-led mission to level up global research and restore Africa’s rightful place
University of Bristol

Global institutions are today being called on to back a bold, transformative plan for Africa to take its rightful role in research alliances, driving forward social justice, advancing science, and supercharging global scholarship.

Newswise: Africa's plans for improving epilepsy care: Action Amos
Released: 3-Jul-2023 11:50 AM EDT
Africa's plans for improving epilepsy care: Action Amos
International League Against Epilepsy

ILAE spoke with Action Amos about plans and strategies for improving epilepsy care across Africa. Leveraged by the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders (IGAP), four "trendsetter" countries are taking a variety of approaches to engage governments and ensure the participation of people with epilepsy in all of their initiatives.

Released: 19-Jun-2023 12:05 PM EDT
A holistic approach to addressing food security in Africa
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

New research by an international team of researchers sheds light on the challenges and opportunities facing the African continent in securing sufficient food supplies with a particular focus on rice.

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Released: 12-Jun-2023 7:50 PM EDT
In "Science": Plant ecology study shows dominant influence of climate on vegetation
Universität Bayreuth

For several years, ecological research has argued that climate often has no determining influence on the distribution of forests and savannas in tropical regions. However, an international research team led by Prof. Dr. Steven Higgins at the University of Bayreuth has now succeeded in proving that it depends mostly on climatic factors whether regions in Africa are covered by forest or savanna. The study, published in "Science", thus confirms the dominant role of climate in the formation of global vegetation patterns.

Released: 12-Jun-2023 6:50 PM EDT
Climate Change: Rising Rainfall, not Temperatures, Threaten Giraffe Survival
University of Zurich

Climate change is expected to cause widespread decline in wildlife populations worldwide. But little was previously known about the combined effects of climate change and human activity on the survival rates not only of giraffes, but of any large African herbivore species. Now researchers from the University of Zurich and Pennsylvania State University have concluded a decade-long study – the largest to date – of a giraffe population in the Tarangire region of Tanzania.