A lot of hope on HIV Vaccine Day

Today is World HIV vaccine day. As we celebrate the day, we have a lot of hope this time around more than ever. For the first time in many years, four vaccine concepts are in phase IV and could give us an HIV vaccine. But even if they do not…

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Journalists could help stimulate the need for more research

A paradigm shift in journalism focusing on reporting news anchored on evidence-based solutions could change the media landscape and benefit in Africa more, a meeting has heard. Solution journalism — rigorous reporting about how people are responding to problems — has become necessary because of digital and broadcast news, according to the…

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Alternative facts are a hinderance to BioTech communication

Biotechnology may have various hurdles in Afrika, but its biggest obstacle remains communication especially in the face of alternative facts. “Our biggest hurdle is not policymakers or evidence but communication,” said Kevin M. Folta a Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida at the…

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Uganda's plan for funding innovations criticized

In efforts aimed at boosting innovation, the Ugandan government has made a bold move and set aside funds to help innovators to commercialise their products. The government has committed 30 billion Uganda shillings (about US$9 million) to support innovations and technology, and has allocated an additional US$4 million…

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