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AfriSMC was established by ScienceAfrica and Partners in September 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, to improve the credibility of media reporting of emerging scientific issues, such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

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For Journalists

We will work tirelessly to avail to science journalists across Africa credible and accurate information on emerging science stories as soon as possible.

For experts

AfriSMC, like all the other SMCs around the world is designed to work help science journalists improve coverage of science issues.

For information officers

Nothing puts pure pressure on a communication officer like a breaking story (good or bad) involving his or her organization.

Global SMCs

The AfriSMC is proud to join a growing network of sister SMCs based across the globe, including the inaugural the United Kingdom, Australia...

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Latest Articles

NTDs: Achievements amid Challenges, Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic

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There are over one billion people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) worldwide. Approximately 500 million of those who are affected are children, while...

Eastern Africa: Control, Monitoring Key in Combating Locust Invasion

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As the Greater Horn of Africa faces its worst desert invasion in over 25 years, the situation remains alarming particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and...

WHO: Africa ‘far from ready’ to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

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As Europe and America begin to roll out a mass COVID-19 vaccination effort to prevent the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus, a World...

Kenyan expert calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

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NAIROBI, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan immunization expert on Friday urged African governments to take tangible actions to ensure the continent has equitable...

More in the media centre

Join us this Friday 26 February 🗓️ to learn about the #TRIPSwaiver proposal for #COVID19 tools and its critical implications for Africa.

With speakers from the Permanent Mission of South Africa, @MSF_access, @AfricaCDC & @cehurduganda.

Register ➡️ https://bit.ly/3utIN5C

MSF/@DNDi
#Topic: MSF/DNDi Webinar: #TRIPS waiver for #COVID19 Tools – what are the #implications for #Africa?
#Time:
Feb 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Nairobi

#Webinar ID 986 4839 8952

To #Join the Webinar
Please click this URL
https://bit.ly/3aM5vxO

Calling all leishmaniacs! Feb 24th: #leishmaniasis session as part of our annual #ISNTDd3. Tune in for the whole event or for this session, with @DNDi, @UNIMORE_univ @dchialvo @CONICETDialoga
👉"Focus: leishmaniasis", ISNTD d³ 2021, 15:00-16.30 UTC
👉https://www.isntd.org/isntd-d3

About Africa Science Media Centre

AfriSMC was established by ScienceAfrica and Partners in September 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, through a small grant from Cornell Alliance for Science principally to work with journalists and scientists on the continent to improve the credibility of media reporting of emerging scientific issues, such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first Science Media Centre (SMC) was established in the UK in 2002 after a frenzied and inaccurate media reporting on Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations and autism, GM crops and growing public mistrust of science.

As a result, other new SMCs have been established Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, USA and Malaysia.

 

Funding

Designed to be an independent press society, the AfriSMC’s funding model is not linked to any specific institution or institutional agenda.  Read more