News from the Nigerian Academy of Science
The newsletter of the Nigerian Academy of Science describes many recent activities, including the presentation of awards for excellence in science reporting, a workshop on disease surveillance and response, and a lecture on Nigeria's energy challenges.
Report on Health and Agriculture Workshops in Uganda and Nigeria
The science academies of Uganda and Nigeria each hosted workshops last year to discuss how agricultural practices could improve the nutrition and health of women and children. Summaries of the proceedings are presented in a new report.
ASADI VI Wraps Up in South Africa
The sixth annual ASADI conference, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa, focused on improving energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighted by the release of a new report, Turning Science On. Next year's conference will be held in Uganda.
Video message to ASADI VI delegates
Watch a video message to ASADI VI delegates from the presidents of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and U.S. Institute of Medicine.
Make Energy Access an MDG, Report Says
Turning Science On: Improving Access to Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, a new report prepared for the ASADI VI conference, calls for energy access to be added to the list of U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The report recommends steps the private and public sector can take to expand delivery of electricity, including turning to science for solutions. It also urges the promotion of improved stoves that limit indoor air pollution.
New Research Papers on Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa
Two articles published in the June 2010 issue of PLoS Medicine assess current trends in maternal, newborn, and child health in sub-Sarahan Africa, while presenting a tool for prioritizing investments in proven health-care interventions. These papers are part of a series launched by PLoS Medicine on maternal, newborn and child health in Africa and are based on the report "Science In Action: Saving the Lives of Africa's Mothers, Newborns, and Children," which was developed under the African Science Academy Development Initiative and presented at last year's annual conference in Accra, Ghana.
Science In Action Report Released
A new report from the national science academies of seven African countries estimates that the lives of nearly 4 million women, newborns, and children in sub-Saharan Africa could be saved every year if already well-established, affordable health interventions reached 90 percent of families. The report was released at the ASADI V conference in Accra, Ghana.
ASADI Progress Report
The African Science Academy Development Initiative: Progress and Promise highlights the strides African science academies have made in strengthening their infrastructure, issuing reports, holding forums, and building relationships with their governments.
NASAC Statement on 'Brain Drain' in Africa
In a statement to governments attending the G8+5 summit, the Network of African Science Academies -- which includes the academies participating in ASADI -- called for a new approach to Africa's "brain drain." An estimated one-third of native-born African scientists live and work in developed countries.
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