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How biotechnology could offer hope for snakebite victims

Snakebites are a major public health burden for low-income countries in tropical parts of the world. But new techniques could offer a solution.

Tuberculosis forgotten in fight against HIV

Tuberculosis seems to have fallen between the cracks in poverty-stricken Malawi’s sponsor-dependent health sector. The dominating focus on HIV may have left parts of Africa with a skewed health service, say researchers.

Inbreeding among mountain gorillas has no consequences

Scientists map entire genome of mountain gorillas and are surprised by what it reveals about inbreeding.

Achieving effective peace agreements

Surveys will reveal what peace agreements following civil wars ought to contain in order to be respected.

Using rooftop rainwater to make drinking water

Climate change will lead to water scarcity in large parts of Africa. But there is hope – on African rooftops.

Professor: let’s fight corruption in Africa effectively

Foreign aid in Africa often lands in the wrong pockets. This leads many to call for a stop to aid Africa’s poor. A Professor of law suggests new, more sustainable solutions to the dilemma.

Dramatic drop in maternal Mortality in Gambia

Long-term research collaboration has helped reduce maternal mortality in the Gambia to less than half its previous level over 14 years. However, the country is still facing numerous challenges in terms of health.

Scientist wants to save the African wild dog – with urine

Keeping Africa’s endangered wild dogs away from livestock and populated areas has proven difficult. A somewhat unusual approach may be the solution.

Solar-powered bread baking in Ethiopia

An oven powered by solar energy is nothing new under the sun. However, the long-lasting high temperatures make this one unique.

Solar energy provides electricity in remote areas

A pilot project in Kenya shows that off-grid village centres providing electricity from solar energy may be a success.