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Staff, 4:34 am
Difficulties breathing, abdominal pain and vomiting. These are the symptoms experienced by Ugandan women working at a flower farm who were told to cut flowers in greenhouses that had been fumigated with a toxic chemical a day before. More than 80 Ugandan women accuse a Dutch-owned flower exporter of exposing them to a toxic fumigant, in a case that suggests the difficult conditions faced by African workers at the lowest end of the lucrative international flower industry.
Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm
The RTS,S anti-malaria vaccine isn’t perfect. It showed an initial protection rate of around 31-to 56 percent, depending on the age of the patient, and seems to wear off after a year. Another vaccine developed in the U.S. showed better protection rates — as high as 80 percent — and longer-lasting protection. Used with bed nets and insecticides, RTS,S could provide a “very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most,” its maker said.
Dana Sanchez, 1:26 pm AFKI Original
Ugandan engineer Brian Turyabagye designed a biomedical smart jacket to quickly and accurately diagnose pneumonia, which kills 27,000 Ugandan children under the age of 5 every year. Most of these cases are due to pneumonia being misdiagnosed as malaria. He’s one of 16 African engineers who’ve come up with problem-solving innovations that got the attention of private and public stakeholders in the U.K. The 16 engineers are in the U.K. for 6 months of mentoring. They’re vying for a $30,000 prize.
Dana Sanchez, 2:40 pm
Ethiopia is hardly the only recent example of how conflicts over land rights can set the stage for political and humanitarian crises. Competition for arable land contributed to the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Food insecurity stemming from land mismanagement is an important factor driving migrants to Europe. Farmers have always intuitively known what scientists are now confirming: trees and other vegetation can stimulate more rainfall.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:10 am
Kenya, one of Africa’s leading economies, is enjoying an investor boom amid the economic crisis that has hit South Africa and Nigeria occasioned by a persistent commodity prices slump. The leading economy in East Africa grew by 5.7 percent last year and it is projected to expand at an average of six percent up to 2018. The stability of the Kenyan Shilling has been a major attraction for investors.
Dana Sanchez, 12:37 am
Blockchain and the ability to create transparent data transfer with distributed ledger technology is important to the United Nations Children’s Fund. The New York City-based program helps women and children in developing countries. UNICEF has a new innovation fund that uses the approach of Silicon Valley venture funds. The fund is supporting a South African startup that uses blockchain and advances in identity technology to create better management for early childhood development services.
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook is not the only big social media beast vying for users in Africa. WeChat, owned by Chinese firm Tencent, is also making forays on the continent, and has seen significant uptake in South Africa, where it has over 5 million users. WeChat is betting big on additional services such as money transfers and airtime purchases on top of its social network to encourage further growth, and is closing in on Facebook’s WhatsApp, which has been around much longer.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Norway-based Opera claims its web browser reaches 100 million African users. How did they get there? There is a high degree of correlation between income and the browser used. But there’s also frst-mover status. Long before smartphones arrived in Africa, Opera was the de facto mobile phone browser. Other browsers came in with more features that most people didn’t need at the expense of bandwidth. That’s how Opera built its name as the go-to browser in communities with low internet connectivity, especially for mobile users.
Staff, 10:41 am
San Francisco-based drone deliveries firm Zipline has raised US$25 million in Series B funding to expand its operations across Africa. Zipline launched in Rwanda last month, enabling blood transfusion clinics across the Western half of the country to place emergency orders by SMS, which are then delivered by one of the company’s fleet of 15 drones, called Zips.
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
It’s cheaper to produce tomato paste in China and export it to Nigeria and other African markets than to produce it locally, according to Nigeria’s No. 1 tomato paste processor. Tomato paste is used widely in Nigerian dishes from jollof rice to soups. Eric Umeofia, CEO of Erisco Foods, said he plans to exit the Nigerian market. The news came as a shock to Nigerians. Erisco has the largest tomato processing plant in Nigeria and the fourth largest in the world.
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