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  • Good Problem: Ebola Vaccine Trials Hampered By Drop In Cases

    Ebola vaccine trials in Liberia, February, 2015. Photo: John Moore/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 11:43 am

    Clinical trials for Ebola vaccines have recently been thwarted by a drop in case numbers. Drug companies have been struggling to recruit volunteers with enough exposure to Ebola to prove whether their vaccines are preventing infection. Development of these and other vaccines was accelerated in response to outbreaks in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people died. Liberia, declared Ebola-free in May, had a sixth new case confirmed Tuesday.

  • Paying Taxes: 10 African Countries With Highest Tax-To-GDP Ratios

    Traditional healers, or sangoma, students, South Africa. Photo: Getty By Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm

    In the trade-not-aid environment, developed countries like the U.S. often question the ability of African countries to spend aid efficiently. How well are African countries doing when it comes to collecting taxes? It all depends on the data. Economists use tax-to-GDP ratios to measure how much a country’s tax revenue stimulates its economy. The higher the ratio, the more a country is increasing growth and decreasing aid dependence. These are 10 African countries with the highest tax-to-GDP ratios.

  • 10 Healing Plants From Ancient African Cultures

    acacia trees By Julia Austin, 2:12 pm

    Acacia is found in South Africa, Madagascar and many parts of Africa. It’s often used in aromatherapy essential oils as well as candies and soft drinks because of its glue-like properties. Organic products use acacia as a natural alternative to chemical binders. If the world understands the invaluable properties of these healing plants from ancient African cultures, maybe we’ll do a better job preserving them.

  • Challenging Stereotypes, #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

    By 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.

  • Benin Gets Expanded Broadband Internet Via Submarine Cable

    By Dana Sanchez, 10:14 am

    Benin now has expanded broadband Internet access via submarine cable launched by French telecommunications giant Orange and the ACE submarine cable consortium. This furthers Orange’s goal to expand widespread Internet access in African countries where it does business. The 17,000-kilometer cable now serves 18 countries including 13 in Africa.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ebola Survivors

    By Keren Mikva, 10:23 am AFKI Original

    Stigmatized but alive, life may never be the same for African Ebola victims who beat the odds. Some communities and volunteers are opening clinics to help those stigmatized by the virus. U.S. missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol returned to Liberia eight months after contracting the virus. She is working to establish an Ebola survivors’ clinic. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ebola survivors.

  • New Laser Scan For Malaria Diagnosis Headed For Trials In Africa

    By 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.

  • 2017 AFCON Qualifiers: Ghana And Nigeria Victorious

    Nigeria's Odion Ighalo By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:00 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign began this past weekend with the first set of matches to decide the teams which will descend on Gabon at the beginning of 2017 to determine Africa’s best national team. AFKSports rounds up the results from the first matchday of AFCON qualifying action.

  • Hope And Controversy Surround Ebola Drug Made In China

    ZMapp is derived from tobacco leaves. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Chandres/heavy.com By Staff, 1:00 am

    MIL77, a product from China, is a near copy of what many believed was the most promising Ebola therapy: a cocktail of antibodies known as ZMapp, the result of a collaboration between the U.S. and Canada. ZMapp is being tested in a clinical trial in the U.S. and Sierra Leone, where the government reported nine new cases of Ebola on Thursday, one of the highest daily totals in months.

  • Opinion: 5 Predictions On What Future African Cities Will Look Like

    By Staff, 9:31 am

    Technology may soon erase official borders of cities, and we may end up with megacities that span national borders, organized instead around capabilities and expertise. With the help of innovative local solutions, African cities could emerge as global leaders in climate change. Check out five predictions on what future African cities will look like — changes shaped mostly by technology.

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