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April 23, 2019

CYCLONE IDAI IS OVER – BUT ITS HEALTH EFFECTS WILL BE FELT FOR A LONG TIME

 

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai. Southern Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling when the cyclone hit: these areas were flooded in the days before Idai made landfall.

Nearly a month on, the flood waters have receded. But in some ways, these countries’ problems are just beginning. That’s because floods always increase the risk of major health problems in affected populations during the weeks and months that follow the actual event.

Infection is just one concern. Others include waterborne diseases like cholera – cases have already been reported in the areas [...]

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April 18, 2019

AFRICA’S FIRST IN UTERO SPINA BIFIDA REPAIRS

“The patient is recovering as expected and has now been moved out of the intensive care unit to a normal antenatal ward. The baby does not show any signs of distress and the foetal heart monitoring is normal. The initial scan after the surgery appeared very satisfactory and the operation area on the foetal spine appears normal. If the recovery period continues to be uneventful the patient will be discharged home before the weekend,” he says.

Nicolaou and his team at Mediclinic Morningside worked with a team of international experts, led by Professor Mike Belfort from the United States, to perform the operation.

He believes that spina bifida in utero repair may [...]

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April 17, 2019

GOOGLE HAS OPENED ITS FIRST AFRICA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB IN GHANA

A rural farmer in Tanzania hovers over a wilting cassava plant with her phone. In seconds she gets a diagnosis of the disease affecting her plant and how best to manage it to boost her production.

The farmer used an app on her phone based on TensorFlow, Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine that the company opensourced to help developers create solutions to real-world problems.

When people think of Artificial Intelligence, they most likely think of scenes from science fiction movies, but in reality, it applies to everyday life from virtual assistants to language translation on Google, says John Quinn, an AI researcher.

Google now wants to position [...]

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April 1, 2019

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

 

The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first dredging school to develop and enhance the competences of new and already employed dredging personnel.

The Dredging School aims to train not only pipe operators, but project engineers, harbour masters, port engineers and technical engineers to achieve operational dredging competences in the field of process and project approach.

 

Its mission is to deliver a formal Dredging Education Course of moderate duration, accredited by government.

“The school will first upskill Transnet National PortsAuthority’s (TNPA’s) own dredging personnel. In future, the vision is [...]

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