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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

Press Release:Survey shows rise in vaccine hesitancy in Ghana

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Accra, July 23, 2021: Research led by the University of Southampton into the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana, West Africa has concluded...

Explainer on the June-July- August season in Kenya

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Mary Kilavi, Assistant Director Public Weather service, KMD said: “There has been some sort of public outcry this season. Some people feel it is incredibly...

Explainer on cassava diseases in Kenya

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Dr Catherine Taracha,Center Director,KALRO Biotechnology Center  “There are two major diseases that challenge cassava production. They include the Cassava Mosaic Disease where you get crinkling...

Press Release:Kenya Making Progress in Uptake of Disease Resistant Cassava Varieties

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Nairobi, Kenya: 5th July, 2021- In a bid to improve cassava varieties in Kenya, researchers at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)...

More in the media centre

#Lung Surfactant, Possible Treatment for ARDS in COVID-19 Patients

Since lack of oxygen is what kills alot of people with COVID-19, there is a possibility that lung surfactant can help increase the patients’ accessibility to oxygen
@SmcAfri
@KibabiiUni

https://bit.ly/2TGaJ8G

#Urgent Need to Address Rise in #Vaccine Hesitancy across #Africa

According to recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) only 20 million Africans are fully vaccinated
https://scienceafrica.co.ke/urgent-need-to-address-rise-in-vaccine-hesitancy-across-africa-hesitancy-across-africa/ via @scienceafrica5
@michaelghead
@K_Atengble
@exploregh
@CIRUsoton

Today 787 people have tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 6,892 tested in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is now 11.4%. Total confirmed positive cases are now 195,898 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,081,502. https://www.facebook.com/1126847717360250/posts/4606475182730802/?d=n

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