Phone-based HIV support system repurposed for COVID-19 monitoring in Uganda

A cost-effective phone-based system developed by a Cambridge researcher and her Ugandan colleagues to support HIV patients has been rapidly adapted by the team

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: africa infectious-diseases public-health covid-19 pandemic uganda cambridge-africa-programme global-challenges

School segregation by wealth is creating unequal learning outcomes for children in the Global South

Millions of the world’s poorest children are leaving school without mastering even basic levels of reading or maths because of an overlooked pattern of widespread, wealth-based inequalities in their countries’ education systems, new research suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education africa international-development inequality

Surging numbers of first-generation learners at risk of being left behind in education systems worldwide

‘First-generation learners’ – a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education – are also significantly more likely to leave school without basic literacy or numeracy skills, a study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education africa international-development

Open-source ventilator designed by Cambridge team for use in low- and middle-income countries

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team at the University of Cambridge has designed an open-source ventilator in partnership with local clinicians, engineers and manufacturers across Africa that is focused to address the specific needs for treating COVID-19 patients and is a fully functioning system for use after the pandemic.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  africa  covid-19  coronavirus  global-health  manufacturing

Gendered play in hunter-gatherer children strongly influenced by community demographics

The gendered play of children from two hunter-gatherer societies is strongly influenced by the demographics of their communities and the gender roles modelled by the adults around them, a new study finds.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: children play hunter-gatherers africa

Women in STEM: Valentina Ndolo

Valentina Ndolo is a Gates Cambridge Scholar in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, where she is a PhD student developing mathematical models to identify areas of Uganda most at risk of anthrax. In 2016, she founded the STEMing Africa Initiative to advocate for the active inclusion of African women in STEM by supporting talented female graduates to secure scholarships for advanced degrees at leading universities worldwide.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 1, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  africa  infectious-diseases  public-health

Half of Ebola outbreaks go undetected, study finds

Half of Ebola outbreaks have gone undetected since the virus was discovered in 1976, scientists at the University of Cambridge estimate. The new findings come amid rising concern about Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and highlight the need for improved detection and rapid response to avoid future epidemics.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: africa ebola epidemic

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