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ARV drugs in Ugandan pork a growing health concern

Mounting evidence that farmers in northern Uganda try to fatten up their pigs with antiretroviral…

ARV drugs in Ugandan pork a growing health concern

Mounting evidence that farmers in northern Uganda try to fatten up their pigs with antiretroviral drugs destined for humans with HIV has raised serious health…

By By Esther Nakkazi
Morsure de serpent: les antivenins de mauvaise qualité inondent le marché africain

Une étude de Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) montre que les antivenins qui ont largement inondé ces dernières années le marché africain sont de mauvaise qualité…

By Par Kossi Elom Balao
Your grandma was wrong: seawater doesn’t cure eye infections

The use of seawater as a home remedy for conjunctivitis—an eye infection that causes redness and itching—has been passed down in Ghana for generations. But…

By Jessica Ahedor
The health benefits of waakye, Ghana’s secret superfood

Ghanaians are crazy about waakye a local dish prepared by cooking rice and beans with red sorghum leaves. The leaves add flavour and give waakye…

By Jessica Ahedor
New treatment offers hope for Kala-Azar victims who also have HIV

A new treatment for patients suffering from both HIV and the deadly parasite-borne disease Kala-azar has shown impressive cure rates, raising hopes for thousands of…

By Maina Waruru
Genetics help solve puzzle of how goats spread through Africa

Eleven thousand years ago in the Middle East, goats became one of the first herbivores that humans domesticated. Since then, the horned livestock has spread…

By Sarah Wild
Digging for gold in Africa’s garbage

Landfills—those smelly, polluted no-man’s lands of modern life—often contain useful raw materials. Recycling them for profit presents opportunities and challenges for Africa, Eman El-Sherbiny reports.…

By Eman El-Sherbiny
In Kenya, tomato farming is a male affair

Smallholder tomato farming in Kenya remains dominated by older men despite efforts by the government NGOs to encourage women and youth into agriculture and to…

By Maina Waruru
Getting watermelons to market in Benin

Watermelons are a popular fruit in Benin. But their profitability for market traders—95% of whom are women—is limited as a result of the country’s poor…

By Linda Nordling
Options for keeping the lights on in Ghana

The thunk-thunk-thunk of generators is a common background noise in cities and villages where electrical power supplies are erratic. In Ghana, the government is investing…

By Asiedu, N.
Old cooking solutions could bring new benefits in Ethiopia

Cooking on open fires can waste fuel and produce smoke dangerous to human health—especially if the stove is located indoors. So, in the 1980s, Ethiopia…

By Linda Nordling
Saving Africa’s wild larder

Changes in land-use, population growth, and climate change spell trouble for wild plants that have fed Africans for centuries, writes Joseph Opoku Gakpo. At Nyankpala,…

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo
Dialing down the sun

Spraying reflective chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere could be an effective, if controversial, way to halt global warming. But few African scientists have studied how this…

By Esther Nakkazi
Helping little girls grow tall, one dead weevil at a time

Weevils create a horrible sight. They cause mould to grow which produces poisonous substances that can make people sick.” When I was a little girl,…

By Mojisola Esther Karigidi
Fighting the fungus

Many African countries are working to curb the threat posed to human and animal health by mycotoxins. But climate change could set back their progress,…

By Sharon Kantengwa
The promise and pitfalls of using AI to diagnose mental illness

Smart algorithms could soon help doctors diagnose neurological diseases like autism and schizophrenia. But will such tests be accurate in Africa? Sarah Wild reports. No…

By Sarah Wild
On Science and Homecoming: A diaspora African’s view

Neither guilt nor sentimentalism should drive an African diaspora scientist’s choice to return home, writes Sara Suliman, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the…

By Sara Suliman
Yam genetics unveil cradle of agriculture in Africa

African yams were domesticated from a forest species and cultivated for the first time in an area around the Niger River. The findings, published in…

By Sandrine Ceurstemont
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