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Israeli start-up fights tuberculosis with text tips

Israeli start-up fights tuberculosis with text tips

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The stigma and adhering to a treatment regime are key reasons this extremely infectious disease is still a risk. According to the WHO, to beat TB, a patient must take four antimicrobial drugs for at least six months. But health officials across the globe say that without supervision and support, many TB patients will not…
How budget-friendly farming innovation is resolving food insecurity in Nigeria

How budget-friendly farming innovation is resolving food insecurity in Nigeria

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The global population is predicted to grow by 2 billion by 2050 and with more than half of that growth coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing food insecurity has become a matter of urgency. In Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, food insecurity is on the rise; almost 8 percent of the population was found to be undernourished in 2015, compared…
This AI tool is equating 2,000 African languages in a quote to enhance regional economies

This AI tool is equating 2,000 African languages in a quote...

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A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched. According to its creator, 63 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to global markets because of language barriers. “Over 52 native…
Africa’s mobile-based health care efforts require regulative and neighborhood assistance– not simply financing

Africa’s mobile-based health care efforts require regulative and neighborhood assistance– not...

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As a community health worker tasked with tracking infant vaccinations in Kenya, Collince Oluoch was overwhelmed by the burdens of the job. He encountered mothers with no record of their children’s vaccinations, caregivers who could not remember clinic visits and colleagues who fudged figures. “Is there not a better way to track this vital health…
What lags the curious serenading of cybercriminals in Nigerian hip-hop?

What lags the curious serenading of cybercriminals in Nigerian hip-hop?

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Singers use artistic conventions to construct marketable music personas. However, that’s not the full picture. In the US, for example, most American hip-hop and rap songs are also a reflection of the artistes’ living experiences and social communities. These mainly involve gang violence, street hustling and thug life. The late rapper, Notorious B.I.G., summarized a part of this succinctly in…
World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launches In Sub-Saharan Africa

World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launches In Sub-Saharan Africa

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Don't see the graphic above? Click here. Today health officials are making history. They're rolling out the first approved vaccine aimed at stopping a human parasite. It's for malaria — and the hopes are that one day the vaccine could save the lives of tens of thousands of children each year. "This [rollout] is a…
Poacher Eliminated by Elephant and Consumed by Lions in South Africa

Poacher Eliminated by Elephant and Consumed by Lions in South Africa

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Elephants in Kruger National Park killed a rhino poacher, whose body was then eaten by lions, on April 2, 2019. Here, an image of an elephant walking behind a pride of lions in the national park in South Africa. Credit: Shutterstock A suspected rhino poacher in South Africa's Kruger National Park was killed by an…
DNA in a clay pipeline clarifies an enslaved female’s life

DNA in a clay pipeline clarifies an enslaved female’s life

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Schablitsky et al. 2019 Clay pipes used for smoking were so common in the 1700s and 1800s that it’s not very remarkable to find fragments of them at archaeological sites from the early days of the United States. But Julie Schablitsky, chief archaeologist for Maryland’s Department of Transportation, took a second, closer look at a…
The Issue With Cherie Blair’s Declaration About Rape In Africa

The Issue With Cherie Blair’s Declaration About Rape In Africa

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Women's rights activist Cherie Blair speaks at an event in California in 2015. Last month, she drew media attention for her comment that "most African ladies' first sexual experience is rape." Rachel Murray/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rachel Murray/Getty Images Women's rights activist Cherie Blair speaks at an event in California in 2015. Last…
Uganda loses 5 million web users as an outcome of Social network Tax

Uganda loses 5 million web users as an outcome of Social...

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Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on the number of internet users in the…

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