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Africa Science Focus is SciDev.Net's award-winning weekly podcast. We dive deep into the impacts that science has on everything from health, to technology, agriculture and life. Subscribe to get the best science and development news from the continent delivered straight to you!

    Preventing and managing spina bifida

    Preventing and managing spina bifida

    Spina bifida is a birth defect that affects the proper formation of the spine. It can lead to complications that can cause both physical and intellectual disabilities, and even death. 
    In this episode of Africa Science Focus, our reporter, Ijeoma Ukazu, talks to Lawrencia Dyawei, mother of a child with spina bifida about the challenges she and her child face. 
    Ifeanyi Nsofor, a global health equity advocate, explains spina bifida. 
    Festus Fajemilo, co-founder and executive director of Nigeria-based Festus Fajemilo Foundation, which supports people with spina bifida, speaks about caring for people with the condition, and Joyce Mwatonoka, a paediatrician at Benjamin Mkapa Hospital, Dodoma, Tanzania, talks to us about preventive measures.
     This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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    Insights from science conferences

    Insights from science conferences

    We have come to the end of season three of the Africa Science Focus podcast and we decided to compile some insights on science in Sub-Saharan Africa from some of the science conferences we attended in 2022. 
    At the 2022 World science forum, Cape Town, South Africa, Tumelo Nhlapo of the University of South Africa’s Science Engagement Centre tells us how the centre engages kids in problem solving and STEM.  
    At the 2022 conference on public health in Africa, Kigali, Rwanda, Noella Bigiriman, deputy director general, Rwanda Biomedical Centre, talks us to about incorporating covid-19 lessons into public health systems. 
    And at the Africa Economic Conference, we learnt about climate smart development, transitioning to clean fuels and developing policies around renewable energy in Africa
    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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    Climate education for future progress

    Climate education for future progress

    In Africa, rising temperatures have resulted in extreme weather events like floods and droughts that threaten lives and livelihoods. In order to tackle climate change, people need  to know how to take action. And the younger they are when they lean, the better.
    In this episode of Africa Science Focus, we speak to the founders of social enterprise Earth Warriors, who tell us about their curriculum creation initiative. Keya Lamba, a co-founder of Earth Warriors, tells us about the approach they take in building curriculums for school students. Shweta Bahri, explains how climate knowledge is already being infused in schools in some countries in Africa.
    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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    Inequality still hampers Africa’s HIV fightback

    Inequality still hampers Africa’s HIV fightback

    Eastern and Southern Africa have the highest HIV/AIDS burden in the world. And it is mostly women and girls in low- and middle-income countries who bear the greatest burden. This year, World AIDS Day highlighted the inequalities holding back progress in ending HIV/AIDS. 
    In this episode of Africa Science Focus, we speak to Anne Githuku-Shongwe, UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, about the inequalities faced by people on the African continent in accessing HIV treatment. Eva Kiwango, country director of UNAIDS South Africa, focuses on access to HIV treatment in South Africa.
    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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    Tackling inequities in oral health

    Tackling inequities in oral health

    Oral diseases are largely preventable, yet a recent World Health Organization report reveals that half of the global population has some form of oral disease. And most of these people live in low- and middle-income countries.
    In this episode of Africa Science Focus, we speak to Morenike Oluwatoyin Ukpong, professor of paediatric dentistry and the dean at the faculty of dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, about the inequities in oral health in Africa. Victor Nwabudike, a consultant family dentist and head of the dental department at Ajeromi General Hospital, speaks to us about the consequences of oral diseases.


    Also McKing Amedari, a consultant at the department of preventive and community dentistry at Obafemi Awolowo University tells us about the findings of his latest research on oral health in Nigeria.


    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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    Building Africa’s capacity for vaccine production

    Building Africa’s capacity for vaccine production

    Africa produces only one per cent of its routine vaccines. This leaves the region dependent on imports for its vaccine needs, and makes it vulnerable to a vaccine crisis during health emergencies. 


    In this episode of Africa Science Focus, Ebere Okereke, senior technical advisor at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and honorary senior public health advisor for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, says research in science, and funding for therapeutics and vaccine manufacturing in the continent, must increase. Professor Claude Muvunyi, director general for the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, tells us that boosting Africa’s capacity to manufacture vaccines will be a front burner discussion during the 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Africa, scheduled to take place in Rwanda on the second week of December. 


    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.

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