Fast, portable tests come online to curb coronavirus pandemic

Corona virus home testing

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Testing kits delivered by courier and digital tools combine to battle the COVID-19 outbreak. The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world has exposed major gaps in the abilities of most countries to respond to a virulent new pathogen. This paper described some of the possibilities in scaling-up testing and where the new technologies feature

 

"Immunity passports" in the context of COVID-19

Corona virus Antibody test

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WHO has published guidance on adjusting public health and social measures for the next phase of the COVID-19 response.1 Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate” that would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection.

FemBioBiz Season 1 winner gets AIF 2018 nomination

Global Health Biotech Founder: Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung

FemBioBiz Season 1 winner, Professor Keolebogile Shirley Motaung’s two natural solutions for skeletal regeneration and repair ointment/cream La-Africa Soother and Plant based morphogenetic factor implants (PBMF) has been shortlisted  amongst the best Top 10  applications for the $185,000 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 in Afri

A new breed of entrepreneurs – Social Entrepreneurship

A new breed of entrepreneurs

As the African proverb says, “you empower a woman, you empower a nation”. Taking this powerful thought forward, the 2nd season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme aims to trigger the possibility of empowering a generation by empowering the women.

The future is digital and nigh – SADC Ministerial meeting

Industry 4.0

Clemence is a 45-year old successful livestock farmer in rural countryside of Chipinge, in Zimbabwe. He is a family man with six children, 3 boys and 3 girls, all of them going through primary school. In the past two decades, Clemence has seen enough change in technology for a whole life-time, starting from a time where one had to batter trade a cow for a mobile phone SIM card to now, where the same card costs less than USD 1. Now he does not have to write letters but send text messages.

Vulnerable communities in SADC uplifted through science, innovation and technology

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Shamisa lives in a dry part of Zimbabwe. With few prospects for income, she relies on small scale farming to feed her family. 

Food insecurity impacts 239 million Africans, and up to 40% of children under the age of five are chronically undernourished, which affects their survival, and cognitive and physical development.