Prof Collen Masimirembwa, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST), was awarded “The Robert Gabriel Mugabe Outstanding Research Award” at the 11th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium held in February 2017 at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.
The awards celebrate individuals or group(s) and companies who have done outstanding research in their areas of specialisation and have registered success in employing Research and Development (R&D) or commercialisation of research results in service of Zimbabwe.
A project receiving funding from the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences / BioFISA II Programme, entitled Gene Dose EFV was awarded the 1st place award in GAP Biosciences/Medical Innovations at the recent Gauteng Acceleration Programme (GAP) event which was held in South Africa Gauteng on 17 November 2016.
Ms Ntombenhle Hlengiwe Gama, a PhD student at the University of Pretoria, was recently awarded the Women in Science Award (WISA) Doctoral Scholarship by the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa.
In southern Africa, the rainy season typically lasts from October to April and reaches maximum strength between November and March. This is also the malaria transmission season in the region. Therefore, the first week of November every year has been declared as the SADC Malaria Week (2-6 November) which includes the SADC Malaria Day (6 November) aiming to raise awareness and promote partnerships in the fight against the disease.