The University of Pretoria (UP) has partnered with the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to conceptualise and implement initiatives that will address challenges faced by young people in South Africa.

Future Africa is coordinating the COVID-19 research and engagement platform (CORE-P) to harness a vibrant community of practice driven by UP and to embrace a wide range of academia in Africa. The key principle of CORE-P is transdisciplinary research that brings various teams together to co-design targeted research outcomes and results for higher impact.

Participants from around the world joined a University of Pretoria (UP)-hosted webinar titled “Future Africa Post-COVID-19” on Friday.

Marking International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020, themed "Our solutions are in nature" we are all challenged to promote solutions found in our natural ecosystem that will preserve and sustain our biodiversity. Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) cohort 5 fellow, Dr. NZWEUNDJI Justine Germo, a plant biotechnologist by training, writes for us on the importance of preserving our biodiversity and building a future of life in harmony with nature.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, patients of chronic diseases like cancer have come under the spotlight as they are at higher risk of severe illness if infected by the virus. 

While basic research into potential therapeutics has certainly bloomed in Africa recently, most of the actual drug development process still happens outside of Africa’s borders, including clinical trials on humans.