Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein


South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests.

“This can be rapid, affordable and non-invasive,” she said. “It can reduce health inequality and bring us one step closer to a world free of malaria.”

The prototype was among the research projects highlighted at the Next Einstein Forum conference last month in Rwanda to encourage the development of young scientists across Africa. Organisers called it the largest-ever gathering of scientists on the continent.

“We can go from a dark continent to a bright continent,” said Nigerian chemistry professor Peter Ngene, who described how he plans to use nanotechnology to store solar energy…

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