Welcome to the AFRICA SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE

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

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...

Kenya Launches First Ever Science Media Centre

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Nairobi, Kenya:  Kenya has launched the first-ever Africa Science Media Centre (AfriSMC) to help serve Scientists, Media stakeholders, and Journalists across Africa. Based in Nairobi...

African immunization experts call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

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Immunization experts in Africa are urging the international community and African countries to take concrete actions to ensure the continent has equitable access to...

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#Genome Editing helps #African Researchers Develop Disease-resistant Banana Varieties

The genome editing tool has the potential to put #biotechnology capabilities into the hands of public sector researchers...
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@nygenome
@genome_gov
@genomeresearch

#Explainer on how a #virus becomes a variant and whether it is necessarily a bad thing

Variants are not necessarily a bad thing because a virus can mutate to become even less #infectious.
@WSPID
@InfectiousDz
@Response4Africa
@ScienceAfrica5
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#KEMRI Doing Outstanding Work in Response and Containment of COVID-19

KEMRI holds #KASH conference themed: Strengthening Health Systems in Kenya through Research, Pandemic Preparedness, Technology and Innovation in the post #COVID-19 era...
@KEMRI_Kenya
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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