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Rhodes University helps open pathways for girls and women in science

Globally, the proportion of female scientists and women working in technology is still much lower than that of men. This is why, when Tanya Accone, head of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC), and Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University in South Africa, met, they recognised an opportunity to do valuable work together.

Rhodes staff help acquire first 3D printer for use in SA public school

Rhodes University lab technical officer, Luyolo Mapekula (Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology), and Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) Head of Department, Dr Earl Prinsloo, were instrumental in securing a 3D printer donation to DD Siwisa Primary School as part of the General Electric (GE) Additive Education Program.

How African Scientists Are Testing Cheaper, Faster Ways To Test For Malaria, Pregnancy, HIV Success

Longer-lasting and more cost-effective ways of testing for pregnancy and whether HIV treatments are working effectively, as well as checking for the top two strains of malaria, are being tested by scientists at a South African university. These could ultimately help save lives in emerging countries, they believe.

Jump-starting innovative new tests for HIV, pregnancy and malaria

“There’s a gap in the developing world for foetal and maternal health diagnostics,” explains Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University.