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Research, knowledge brokering key to Africa’s science revolution

Since 2000,Africa has experienced strong growth over the years despite a decline in economic performances and political instability in some African countries. Nonetheless, five of the fastest growing economies are in Africa.

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South Africa’s science academy urges update to nation’s genetics laws

The country has become a hotspot for genomics research with the launch of projects to characterize and understand the genetics of its diverse population — work that often involves long-term storage of samples in biobanks. The nation hosts about a dozen such facilities, which enable large-scale analysis of diseases and health phenomena.

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Storytelling shaping the future of science in South Africa



The art of storytelling came to the fore on Tuesday when journalists from across Africa discussed science journalism in the fourth industrial revolution.
The art of storytelling – telling a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) story in a manner that ordinary citizens will understand – came to the fore on Tuesday when journalists from across Africa discussed science journalism in the fourth industrial revolution.

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Fresh plan to make science subjects more attractive



A new plan has been developed to improve girls’ performance in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It will be rolled out early next year to improve learning outcomes in these key subjects, also known as STEM.

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Tanzania, Burundi lead in consumption of antibiotics in East Africa



Tanzania and Burundi are among the top four countries in Africa in consumption of antibiotics, new data published by the World Health Organisation shows.

Tanzania and Burundi consume 27.3 and 4.4 defined daily doses (DDD) per 1,000 inhabitants per day respectively. Burkina Faso is second at 13.8 DDD per 1000 inhabitants per day while Côte d’Ivoire, at 10.7 DDD, is third.

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