Sub-Saharan Africa https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/ News, analysis, multimedia and other resources about science and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa, including agriculture, environment, health, governance, enterprise, communication, and more. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:43:34 GMT en Mosquito-killing drug ‘reduced malaria in children’ https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/mosquito-drug-reduced-malaria-in-children.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/mosquito-drug-reduced-malaria-in-children.html Mass administration of ivermectin reduced episodes of malaria in under-fives by 20 per cent in a trial in Burkina Faso. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:43:34 GMT Act fast to curb deaths from C-section in Africa https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/children/news/act-fast-to-curb-deaths-from-c-section-in-africa.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/children/news/act-fast-to-curb-deaths-from-c-section-in-africa.html African policymakers need to urgently implement strategies to halt deaths resulting from C-section. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Study taps genes in sewage to track drug resistance https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/study-taps-genes-in-sewage-to-track-drug-resistance.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/study-taps-genes-in-sewage-to-track-drug-resistance.html Genes identified in sewage could aid the tracking of antimicrobial resistance in healthy human populations. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Protected areas in East Africa flourishing https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/news/protected-areas-in-east-africa-flourishing.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/news/protected-areas-in-east-africa-flourishing.html Only seven per cent of East Africa’s protected areas have been lost to agriculture, a study has found. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Why Africa’s environmental policies are ineffective https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/policy/scidev-net-at-large/why-africa-s-environmental-policies-are-ineffective.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/policy/scidev-net-at-large/why-africa-s-environmental-policies-are-ineffective.html Evaluating policy outcomes is key to having environmental effective policies in Africa, writes Gilbert Nakweya. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Scientific African is showcasing R&D for impact https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/r-d/opinion/scientific-african-is-showcasing-r-d-for-impact.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/r-d/opinion/scientific-african-is-showcasing-r-d-for-impact.html Scientific African is showcasing African R&D and engaging policymakers to make impact, says its editor-in-chief. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Shorter, safe treatment of TB in people with HIV found https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/safe-treatment-of-tb-in-people-with-hiv.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/safe-treatment-of-tb-in-people-with-hiv.html New study shows that administering a drug against HIV with two TB drugs can safely treat TB in a shorter time. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Environmental degradation threat to health, UN says https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health.html Environmental degradation will have serious consequences on human health, especially in the global south, UN report. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Body to oversee largest telescope project established https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/cooperation/news/largest-telescope-project-established.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/cooperation/news/largest-telescope-project-established.html South Africa joins six other nations to form a body to oversee the world’s largest radio telescope project. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Vaccine cuts new pneumonia cases in kids by a quarter https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/vaccine-cuts-new-pneumonia-cases-in-kids-by-a-quarter.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/medicine/news/vaccine-cuts-new-pneumonia-cases-in-kids-by-a-quarter.html A vaccine against pneumonia in kids has helped cut new cases of the disease in a Kenyan county by 27 per cent. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Mobile app identifies approved medicines, drugstores https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/icts/news/mobile-app-identifies-approved-medicines-drugstores.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/icts/news/mobile-app-identifies-approved-medicines-drugstores.html To fight fake medicines, a mobile app in Kenya is aiding the tracking of approved medicines and drugstores. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Drug resistance could make 28 million people poor https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/drug-resistance-could-make-28-million-people-poor.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/drug-resistance-could-make-28-million-people-poor.html With high level of drug resistance and no action, about 28 million people could fall into extreme poverty by 2050. Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Act fast to halt the declining insect numbers https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/opinion/halt-the-declining-insect-numbers.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/biodiversity/opinion/halt-the-declining-insect-numbers.html Researchers, policymakers and donors should act fast to halt the diminishing insect numbers, writes Wei Zhang. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Africa sinking deeper into hunger https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/africa-sinking-deeper-into-hunger.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/africa-sinking-deeper-into-hunger.html New report that 20 per cent of Africa’s population are malnourished calls for political will from governments. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Alien tree threatening livelihoods mapped in Ethiopia https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/farming/news/alien-tree-threatening-livelihoods-mapped-in-ethiopia.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/farming/news/alien-tree-threatening-livelihoods-mapped-in-ethiopia.html Smallholders in Ethiopia’s Afar Region are under attack from a devastating alien tree, a modelling study says. Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Ghanaian hospitals not implementing infection policy https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/ghanaian-hospitals-not-implementing-infection-policy.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/ghanaian-hospitals-not-implementing-infection-policy.html Government-owned hospitals in Ghana are not adequately implementing infection prevention and control policy. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Developing countries need access to cool living spaces https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/energy/news/developing-countries-need-access-to-cool-living-spaces-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/energy/news/developing-countries-need-access-to-cool-living-spaces-1.html Study links meeting several sustainable development goals (SDGs) to affordable living space cooling. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:16:52 GMT Rapid drug-resistant TB tests needed to cut deaths https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/tb/news/rapid-drug-resistant-tb-tests-needed-to-cut-deaths.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/tb/news/rapid-drug-resistant-tb-tests-needed-to-cut-deaths.html Study calls for rapid tests of drug-resistant TB to aid correct treatment and cut deaths in high burden countries. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Food safety projects in Africa benefiting donor nations https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/food-safety-projects-africa-donor-nations.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/food-safety-projects-africa-donor-nations.html Donor-funded projects on food safety in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to focus on overseas markets, says a report. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Learners in poor schools not gaining from S&T projects https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/communication/news/learners-in-poor-schools.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/communication/news/learners-in-poor-schools.html Only 32 per cent of South African learners in schools located in poor townships understand science texts, study says. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT