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Solar Nano- Grids: Two Kenyan Villages First to Benefit from $30m Global Impact Investment

-30 June 2016-Villagers in Lemolo B and Echareria in Nakuru County, Kenya, are waking up to a new future as new solar nano-grids installed over the last fortnight allow them to switch on lights and operate new agri-processing machinery.


Successful Maternal, Newborn Pilot Project

By Koffi Barry and Noella Rume

-30 June 2016- Kakamega is Kenya’s second most populous County generally has poor health indicators worsened by high poverty index and all are linked to high maternal and newborn deaths. This is according the findings of Community–based Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition (CBMNH-N) project which were also confirmed by Dr. David Oluoch, Kakamega County director of health. The pilot project was titled “Linda Afya ya Mama na Mtoto Project” was designed and funded by the Micronutrient Initiative.


2016 World Food Prize: Vitamin “A” Rich Sweet Potato Researchers Win $250,000

-30 June 2016- The 2016 World food Prize of $250,000 has been awarded to four scientists: Dr. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis. They helped develop and disseminate vitamin A rich Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) already being grown by 2m household in Africa and linked to improvement of health of up to 10m people mostly in rural areas of Africa, Asia and  Latin America.They work is considered the world’s most successful example of bio-fortification.


Efficacy of RTS,S Malaria Vaccine Declines Over Seven Years


Efficacy of RTS,S Malaria Vaccine Declines Over Seven Years

-30 June 2016- Results from a long-term phase II study of the malaria vaccine RTS,S show that its efficacy falls over time, and that this decline is fastest in children living in areas with higher than average rates of malaria. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine1, suggest that the benefits of the vaccine are likely to vary across different populations and highlight the need for more research to determine the most effective way of using RTS,S, which last year became the first ever malaria vaccine to receive a green light from the European Medicines Agency.


Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technology

-30 June 2016- Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technology, by Prof. Calestous Juma of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, chronicles the history of opposition to change - from tractors and certain uses of the printing press to coffee and margarine - and its underlying reasons. 


Agriculture: Youth in Mentorship Program Graduate

 By Science Africa team (Henry Owino, Noella Rume and Koffi Barry)

-29 June 2016- A group of youths who were on a yearlong innovative pilot agriculture mentoring program have graduated with certificates in modern farming techniques from Youth in Agriculture Pilot Mentoring Program organized by Young Professional for Agricultural Development (YPARD). Through its Kenya Chapter YPARD collaborated with African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) to hold the graduation ceremony in Nairobi. The young mentees included farmers, students, entrepreneurs, scientists and extension workers.


New Pathways Helping Plants Adapt to Changing Light Environment Identified

 -28 June 2016- Scientists at Tokyo Tech have identifiedanother pathway that works differently but collaboratively with existing systems to regulate chloroplast functions.The research paper by Keisuke Yoshida and Toru Hisabori titled Two distinct redox cascades cooperatively regulate chloroplast functions and sustain plant viability was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


WHO Condemns Health Facilities Attacks

 WHO Condemns Health Facilities Attacks

-28 June 2016- The World Health Organization has condemned the recent attacks on two major health facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  A rocket hit the roof of the Ear, Nose and Throat and Urological Centre, directly above the operating theatres, causing damage to the roof, all oxygen supply pipes, and the central ventilation.


UNEP: Former Norwegian Minister, Erik Solhelm ,Takes Rein

By Naftali Mungai (ScienceAfrica Revise Editor)

-28 June 2016- A former Minister for the Environment and Development in Norway, Mr. Erik Solheim, took over as the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) based in Nairobi yesterday. He takes over from long serving Achim Steiner, a German and Brazilian  citizen who has been at the helm for the last 10 years.


Solar floodlights Brighten Businesses in County Market

By Ordia Akelo

-28 June 2016- Kisumu County under the department of Green Energy has installed solar powered floodlights in Manyatta’s Esoko Market. The solar floodlights which are 75 kilowatts were installed by Twesjoba Company Ltd based in Kisumu. Ms. Loma Omuodo the Chief Officer of Green Energy in Kisumu says the project is part of the County’s Sustainable Energy plan using renewable clean energy. She says they seek to capitalize on the extremely sunny weather as an affordable, consistent and environmentally friendly source of energy.


Fishermen Prosper Using Solar Powered Light Bulbs

   By Henry Owino( ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-27 June 2016-The history of fishing  Lake Victoria’s silver cyprinid know as omena in Kenya, Dagaa in Tanzania and Mukene in Uganda is linked to the use of kerosene lanterns or pressure lamps to attract the fish into nets.  However, with the coming of solar powered light-bulbs, this is gradually changing. Kenya’s omena fishermen in the lakeside region of Bondo sub-County at Osieko and Uhanya beaches in West Yimbo Location are embracing solar light-bulbs as alternative source of energy. This is because of its convenience and affordability compared to cost of kerosene usage.


$100,000 Awarded to Advance Women’s, Girls’ Health Rights

By Noella Rume( ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-25 June 2016-   A total of $100,000 has been awarded to 20 Young Leaders - $5,000 each- as seed money  to support six month projects aimed at advancing girls’ and women’s health, rights and well-being within their communities. The 20 grants are part of the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program which provides opportunities for youth advocates to build, strengthen their capacity and skills.  It also provides platforms for them to share their voices and experiences.


Malagasy's Prof Philippe Rasoanaivo Wins Olusegun Obasanjo Science Prize

-24 June 2016- Prof Philippe Rasoanaivo, a phytochemist from Madagascar, is the 2015 winner of the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for using traditional medicine to improve efficacy of existing drugs for brain disorders and also treating sexual dysfunction among men. The Olusegun Obasanjo Prize is given by the African Academy of Sciences every two years to scientists who have excelled in the fields of biotechnology, energy, ICT or materials sciences. It includes at least $5,000, gold medal inscribed and certificate.


IPA: Benin’s Valentin Agon Wins $100,000

-24 June 2016- Dr Valentin Agon from Benin is the 2016 winner of $100,000 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awarded in a glittering ceremony held in Gabarone, Botswana and presided by the President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama.


Out of a total of 985 applications, 10 nominees were selected, and from these Dr Valentin Agon of Benin was selected overall winner. Imogen Wright of South Africa scooped second prize, and Dr Eddy Agbo of Nigeria won the Special Prize for Social Impact.


India Bans Bread Additive Potassium Bromate By Koffi Barry

By Koffi Barry

-23 June 2016-India has banned food additive potassium bromate used in bread making. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in a notice issued on June 20, 2016. Centre for Science and Environment’s study in May 2016 had confirmed the use and presence of residues of potassium iodate and potassium bromate in bread.


Accountability in County Healthcare service

Citizen Journalism and Alternative Voices

LODWAR, KENYA - Participants from various parts of the vast Turkana County attending a citizen journalism – alternative or other  voices -  two-week training workshop conducted by ScienceAfrica in Collaboration with Kenya Media Programme. The participants aim to focus on development issues that are relevant and important to Turkana people . The County suffered much neglect in the past.

Cabinet Secretary Demands Accountability, Decries Poor State of Equipment in Hospitals

By Kiprotich Koros
November 25, 2013 - Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia has demanded more accountability from county governments on public money.


“Over 3.7 billion shillings have been devolved to the county government but leaders are slow on accountability,” the Cabinet Secretary said.


Theme: Kenyan’s Constitution and Accountability in County Health Care Service

Theme: Kenyan’s Constitution and Accountability in County Health Care Service

Vasectomy Needed in All Counties Says Expert

By ScienceAfrica Correspondent
November 25, 2013 - All County health authorities should include vasectomy as a reversible family planning method one of the country’s leading vasectomy experts Dr Charles Ochieng who has undergone the process says.


Vasectomy Will Help Reduce Rapid Population Growth

By Kenya Correspondents Association Reporter
November 25, 2013 - More men need to go for vasectomy if the rapid population growth in Kenya is to be checked reproductive health expert, Dr Charles Ochieng says.

Kenya’s population currently stands at 44.3 million according to 2013 World Population Report.


Counties Need Skilled Medics, Efficient Drug Procurement

By Lawrence Mbae

November 25, 2013 - Despite what may seem as major challenges the devolution of health services as stated in the constitution will also have tremendous benefits and other positive implications for the needy public health experts must face with the emerging reality with innovative strategies.

This was the view of two top health ministry officials who spoke in Nairobi during the recent launching of partnership between the 47 counties with Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS).


Adherence to County Health Service Charters Needed

By Waikwa Maina
November 25, 2013 - Introduction of service charters in public hospitals was intended to improve on services delivery, openness and make patients easily understand on services offered, their costs and when and where such services can be accessed.

But most of the service charters have failed the tests of time. They are user unfriendly, misleading and in implementable. 


Kiambu and Thika Counties Coping with Challenges of Devolved Health Sector

By Lawrence Mbae
November 25, 2013 - According to Kiambu county Governor ,William Kabogo, sustainable healthcare system is paramount to every county citizen since a healthy citizenry will bring social and economic prosperity to the county which is linked to increased productivity.


County Health Workers to Benefit

By ScienceAfrica Correspodent              NOVEMBER 25th, 2013

County governments say health workers will have job security and better remuneration ahead of the impending countrywide strike steered by Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU). Officials in both Kisumu and Homa Bay Counties told ScienceAfrica that they were ready to employ doctors and other health workers at the devolved units according to the strategic polices prepared in readiness for the devolution of healthcare services.


Theme: Kenyan’s Constitution and Accountability in County Health Care Service

Theme: Kenyan’s Constitution and Accountability in County Health Care Service

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