AAS Open Research

“The reality is, when it comes to women’s leadership, we are all behind”

The African Academy of Sciences Fellow in Chemical sciences, Prof Ameenah Gurib Fakim, was the sixth President of the Republic of Mauritius, and was one of just 13 women out of a total of 178 heads of state in the world. In Africa she and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, were the only two women heads of state in Africa at the time. She explains how this is not just an African problem, but a global problem. To rectify it, we need all the world’s leaders to empower women, not just the world’s women leaders empowering other women.


Understanding African genes in the fight against Malaria

In this blog, Delesa Damena, an Ethiopian geneticist at the Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination, describes the major challenges of the global malaria eradication efforts, what inspired him as a youngster to pursue a career in scientific research and how a comprehensive understanding of the genetic basis of resistance of severe malaria can potentially inform the development of new treatments and vaccines.


AAS Open Research turns two

This month marks two years since the launch of AAS Open Research. We have taken this opportunity to reflect on the impact and development of the platform over the last two years and to look forward to the future.


Nurturing and supporting the next generation

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have always been a part of Professor Francisca Mutapi’s life, even from a young age growing up in Zimbabwe, where NTDs are prevalent. Now, an AAS Fellow in Biosciences, Co-Director Global Health Academy, Deputy Director Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA), she is shaping national and global policies around them. In this blog, she talks about her global family, the one she found being part of the AAS fellowship, and all the nurture and support that family provides in helping build a science career.


Transforming cooking in households to improve air quality

Kanyiva Muindi, is an Associate Research Scientist and a FLAIR Research Fellow at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She won her FLAIR grant through her drive to make a difference to the lives of women in her county and eventually across the African continent. In this blog, she tells us about her FLAIR Fellowship work, where she rolled out an ethanol cookstove intervention in a rural community in Kenya to reduce household air pollution.


Small but mighty – using nanomaterials to provide communities with clean drinking water

Tiny technology with life-changing potential for communities. Nanotechnology researcher, Anita Etale, Global Climate Change Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) funded recipient. She used her FLAIR funding to research the use of nanomaterials to produce clean water from the contaminated supply produced from mine draining. Here’s her research journey from material investigation to community engagement.