Research

Kenya and Nigeria Lead in Registrations on Utafiti Africa

Utafiti Africa, UbuntuNet Alliance’s research funding opportunities portal that was launched towards the end of February this year, has recorded an impressive 262 registrations from across the continent in the past month. The portal, that currently has over 100 open funding opportunities in all disciplines, makes it convenient to filter opportunities by combinations of country, …

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UA Launches its “Utafiti Africa” Research Opportunities Platform

The ability for African researchers to conduct high-quality research is crucial for Africans to address Africa’s development challenges. Their research provides the evidence necessary for impactful policy development and the creation of appropriate evidence-based solutions. Researchers in Africa face many challenges in accessing research funding. Prof Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University, suggested at …

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NRENs: Supporting the global challenges of the novel coronavirus

By Jane Gifford National Research and Education (R&E) Networks (also known as NRENs) together provide critical communications infrastructure for universities and research institutes worldwide. This global network of interconnected networks is boosting international capacity where needed as part of the global rapid response to the recent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. During the past few …

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DRC doctor discovers Ebola cure

A Congolese doctor who is also Director General  of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, has become a “true hero” of Africa and the world in general after his experimental drugs were confirmed to treat patients with the Ebola virus. “I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola …

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KENET helps in preserving a vital food source

Cassava, a woody shrub that is part of the spurge family, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root. It is a major source of carbohydrates and the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics. As a major staple food in the developing world, …

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Malawian TED Fellow Builds Medical Tech To Overcome Africa’s Unique Challenges

The impending connection of the Malawi Research and Education Network, (MAREN) to the UbuntuNet regional network is likely to be exciting news to software engineers like Soyapi Mumba who have been working tirelessly to develop systems that can revolutionise the health system in Malawi where the Internet connectivity is slow and expensive among other setbacks. …

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Researchers advocate for open science in Addis Ababa

Researchers from different countries converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they advocated for easy and open access to scientific platforms and publications. This was during the UbuntuNet-Connect 2017 pre-conference workshop titled “Towards an Open Science Platform Infrastructure Framework” held on Wednesday, 1st November 2017 at the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The …

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Telemedicine: helping reduce deaths from cancer in Asia

Gastric cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in Asia. It accounts for the deaths of some 28 men and 13 women per 100,000. In Japan, gastric cancer used to have a similar profile – number one in mortality, as well as in incidence. But now, although the incidence in Japan hasn’t changed much, mortality …

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CSI Malawi: Using forensic science to “interrogate” mosquitoes

Fifteen years ago, Edward “Ned” Walker, a Michigan State University medical entomologist, spearheaded the use of insecticide-treated bed nets in the fight against malaria in Africa. Now, a seven-year, $8 million NIH-sponsored grant will enable Walker and his team to use a new, creative approach—forensic science. MSU, in collaboration with the University of Malawi College …

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Keystone Symposia introduces virtual repository for global health community

Health scientists and researchers from around the world now have an open access to a collection of over 20 hours of scientific video presentations and discussions developed by the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology. Keystone Symposia is a US based nonprofit organisation that convenes open- peer-reviewed conferences that connect the scientific community and …

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