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Staff, 10:15 pm
A staged roll-out of malaria vaccine Mosquirix is unlikely before 2017, said U.K. drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. The world’s first malaria vaccine was approved last week for licensing in Africa by European regulators. World Health Organization approval is pending. The vaccine will be rolled out in stages.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
The world’s first malaria vaccine, 30 years in the making, has been approved for licensing in Africa by European regulators. U.K.-based drug maker GlaxoSmithKline says it won’t profit from it. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund the vaccine, which had only partial success in clinical trials. Malaria killed 584,000 people in 2013, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 80 percent of victims were under the age of 5.
Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm AFKI Original
Rarely mentioned in the world’s drug trade before 2002, Africa is breaking bad. One sign of the growing importance of the African meth trade is the arrival of Latin American producers. Mexicans have helped set up labs in Nigeria. “They are not just mom and pop labs, they are big labs,” an expert said. “Mexicans aren’t going to come over and train (people) unless they are dealing in large amounts.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about meth traffic and production in Africa.
Staff, 2:28 pm
Bharti Airtel, the No. 4 cellphone carrier globally, said it’s talking with France’s Orange to sell four African units but has no plans to exit Africa. Airtel has yet to turn a profit in Africa, Reuters reports. The sale of operations in four countries, which account for around 16 percent of its African revenue should help the company cut down debt.
Staff, 11:30 pm
How do we build a renaissance in Africa? Africa already leads the way in the mobile tech revolution. Facebook announced this week that it is opening its first Africa office in Johannesburg. This is huge for Africa, says Ugandan international development professional James Kassaga Arinaitwe.
Staff, 12:25 pm
Africans and members of the African diaspora are using Twitter to challenge stereotypes about the continent with a hashtag that started trending after its June 23 kickoff. A Twitter user asked followers to showcase the beauty of Africa. “I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” the 22- year-old said.
Staff, 12:50 pm
Monsanto tries to genetically engineer superfoods. Thing is, such superfoods already exist in Africa. The leaves of amaranth, pumpkin, and cowpea (black-eyed pea) plants are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Their popularity waned as urbanization swept through Africa, but they’re gaining renewed interest from urban dwellers and food-security experts. Their leaves outshine rival Western greens introduced into African agriculture over the past century.
Staff, 6:57 am
Come June, some 1.7 million birds in five countries had succumbed to what had by then been diagnosed as the highly contagious and deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu. The strain hasn’t been seen in the region since 2008, but was confirmed in Nigeria in January and has since spread to Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Ghana.
Staff, 9:07 pm
U.S. researchers have developed a laser scan that gives an accurate malaria diagnosis in seconds without breaking the skin. They’re preparing for trials in Africa. Malaria threatens half the world’s population, killing 584,000 people in 2013. Existing tests for malaria are already quick, taking only 15 to 20 minutes to give a diagnosis, but blood has to be taken, the test must be conducted by trained personnel and extra chemical reagents must be used.
Staff, 2:00 am
At last week’s A.U. Summit, third-term bids by Africa’s presidents — one of the major threats to stability on the continent — remained the elephant in the room. Instead, the summit was was overshadowed by the debacle around Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power 26 years. During his opening address, Mugabe made a point of rejecting presidential term limits.
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