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Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?
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Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?

PCR tests can accurately detect viral RNA in an individual only during the acute phase of the infection. After this short window passes, other tests are needed to determine if an individual has ever been exposed to the virus in the past. There is a critical need for these other tests, which detect antibodies made to specific viruses and other pathogens. These ‘serological assays’ complement the PCR test and are an essential tool in better managing the ongoing pandemic. Continue reading

‘A chance to reimagine life in a way that creates greater dignity for all’
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‘A chance to reimagine life in a way that creates greater dignity for all’

In a spirited and at times defiantly hopeful presentation at the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) weekly digital town hall meeting on 14 May, David Nabarro, a special envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General on COVID-19, called the virus causing the disease ‘beastly’ and ‘single-minded’, but said that the pandemic ultimately represents … Continue reading

The German Federal Government supports Kenya’s efforts for COVID-19 testing
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The German Federal Government supports Kenya’s efforts for COVID-19 testing

A new partnership involving the Kenya Ministry of Health and ILRI with support from the German Federal Government was announced today.  ILRI will utilize its laboratory facilities and staff to support the expansion of Kenya’s testing capacity for COVID-19. The testing was launched today, 18 May 2020, when the health director and German ambassador visited ILRI’s Kenya facilities. Continue reading

The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI
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The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), holds a weekly town hall for the 600-plus staff of the institute as well as staff from many of ILRI partners who are hosted on ILRI campuses in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and elsewhere. In the town hall last week, Vish Nene, co-leader of ILRI’s Animal and Human Health program, made a short presentation on the latest developments in COVID-19 vaccine work. Excerpts and slides from his virtual presentation follow. Continue reading

ILRI feed technology research platform makes more fodder available to developing-world livestock keepers
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ILRI feed technology research platform makes more fodder available to developing-world livestock keepers

Located at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) campus in Patancheru, India, the feed technology research platform of the Feed and Forage Development Program of ILRI provides laboratory infrastructure and tools for rapidly and affordably analysing fodder quality. Continue reading

East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May
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East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May

East African dairy under COVID-19: A vibrant sub-sector is key to a food-secure future. Join us for a webinar with experts from Land O’Lakes Venture37 | International Livestock Research Institute | Global Dairy Platform | Bain & Company. Hosted by the SEEP Network on 28 May 2020 Continue reading