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Trying to figure out a final cure: A conversation with Professor Max Essex of the Botswana-Havard partnership
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Africans rising Trying to figure out a final cure: A conversation with Professor Max Essex of the Botswana-Havard partnership

Dr. Max Essex helped stop a plague. You can’t say that about many people, but you can say that about the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University. He has been involved with AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic. He was one of the first researchers to hypothesize that a retrovirus was the cause of AIDS. His laboratory identified the envelope proteins of HIV commonly used for AIDS tests. He and his team conducted several breakthrough studies on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. His current work focuses on the use of antiretroviral drugs to treat and prevent HIV in adults.

10 Bold Things Women Have Done to Challenge and Change the Status Quo
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Africans rising 10 Bold Things Women Have Done to Challenge and Change the Status Quo

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. If one looks at the obstacles stacked against them, at the trials women face daily, just being a woman is boldness. By the fact of existence alone, the contributions and strides women have made to humanity are inestimable. We take a bow. So here is a list some of the bold things women have done in the past one year or so.

Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife
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Africans rising Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife

Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.

Meet Tafadzwa Moyo: First Zimbabwean to exhibit at the International Fashion Showcase
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Africans rising Meet Tafadzwa Moyo: First Zimbabwean to exhibit at the International Fashion Showcase

For the first time, Zimbabwe will be represented at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS). IFS will host its sixth edition in London at the Somerset House where emerging designers from 28 countries will exhibit their talent. The founder of Kidd Hunta clothing, Tafadzwa Moyo, the first Zimbabwean to participate at IFS will be in London to showcase his remarkable work. We wish Tafadzwa Moyo all the best.