Bed nets treated with a new combination of chemicals significantly reduced the number of malaria cases shows the result of a two-year clinical trial in Burkina Faso. According to the results of the study, published in the Lancet, the bednets resulted in a 12% reduction in Malaria cases. “The 12% reduction...
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has announced a $10 million prize for small businesses in Africa that are growing in the continents early digital economy, Under the Jack Ma Foundation Netpreneur Prize, winner of an annual pitch competition will get $1 million funding each year for 10 years, starting from 2019. The...
Sub Saharan Africa has recorded the largest regional increase of forcibly displaced people in the world, with their numbers increasing from 14.1 million in 2016 to 18.4 million in 2017. According to Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees data, the region’s displaced population has jumped...
Eritrean refugees in Israel. Rudychaimg/Wikimedia Commons Cristiano D'Orsi, University of Johannesburg Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed an historic agreement to end the 20-year conflict between the two countries. The breakthrough has been widely welcomed given the devastating effects the conflict has had on both countries as well as the region. The tension between...
An experimental Ebola vaccine is being tried to contain the current outbreak in the DRC. EPA-EFE Jacqueline Weyer, National Institute for Communicable Diseases Barely a week after declaring the end of the ninth Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials announced another in the North Kivu and Ituri...
Shutterstock Sharon Fonn, University of the Witwatersrand After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa’s Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country’s private health care market. The Conversation Africa spoke to Sharon Fonn, who was on the panel of experts,...
The number of critically endagared mountain gorillas in Africa is increasing, a new survey reveals. According the the survey, the number of the animals increased by 25% from 2010 to 1,004, making it the only great ape in the world whose population is rising, The Telegraph reported. Mountain gorillas are found...
Over five years long civil war in South Sudan has come to an end as the major rebel group and the government agreed on a ceasefire and power-sharing agreement. Brokered by neighbouring Sudan, from which the country broke away in 2011, the agreement was signed by South Sudan President Salva...
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it has identified a new cluster of deadly Ebola disease in Kivu province, just over a week after the country was declared free of an outbreak that killed 29. Preliminary laboratory results indicated the presence of the deadline virus...
People from the DRC flee the fighting. Movement of people is restricted across the continent. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA Alan Hirsch, University of Cape Town The African integration project took several major steps this year. One of them was the African Union’s adoption of a protocol on the free movement of people. The move...

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