Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture, but the sector is faced with challenges such as a heavy reliance on rain, and outdated farming technologies. But two Kenyan university students have a new idea: what if they could build greenhouses to protect crops, and irrigate only when needed using SMS?
Can there be a world without malaria? It will require an expansion of current strategies and innovative solutions, such as the Rapid Assessment of Malaria device, which uses refrigerator strength magnets and a laser point to diagnose malaria, and Malaria Consortium’s use of mobile technology and village health groups to support community health care.
In Burundi, fishing is a major source of livelihood for many people living near Lake Tanganyika, but unhygienic preservation methods have led to harvest loss, poor quality fish for consumption, and decreased incomes. The FAO and the Burundi Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture have introduced a simple new fish drying technique that is sustainable, reduces waste, and improves the livelihoods of farmers along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
For a region with abundant sunlight – an average of over 320 days per year – the solar resource potential across sub-Saharan Africa remains largely untapped. This potential is paired with enormous energy needs that leave over 600 million without electricity. In response, emerging technologies aim to make solar power development infinitely more feasible. While solar installations are mostly located in arid regions, …
Global Handwashing Day (October 15) celebrates soap as a ‘do-it-yourself vaccine’ that prevents against infection and saves lives. This everyday, affordable product not only fights off diarrhea and respiratory infections, but is now – thanks to the creation of Faso Soap – also a tool for malaria prevention. Faso Soap is an innovative mosquito-repelling product designed by two students from …
A vaccine for malaria might be available for use in Sub-Saharan Africa as early as next year. Although only 30% effective, it has the potential to save the lives of a significant number of infants and children.
While rates of HIV/AIDS infection have been declining due to advancements in technology and increased access to healthcare and education, upwards of 70% of those affected live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Condom use is still low in the region, but the importance of safe sex and prevention is taking hold. A recently developed product, if brought to the continent, could be a valuable tool in the fight against the disease.
Australian professor, James Dale, has developed a genetically-modified ‘super banana’ reportedly capable of providing ten times the vitamin A potential of an average banana. The controversial super banana is targeted at Uganda where blindness, bodily infections and fatalities often result from widespread vitamin A deficiency.
With Option B+, HIV-positive pregnant or breastfeeding women are put on antiretroviral drugs for life, irrespective of their CD4 count or clinical stage. This approach is currently being employed by Doctors without Borders in Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.