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ICARDA Avails Seeds from Global Gene Bank

-21 July 2016- Seeds that had originally been sent by the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) for safeguarding in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle have been delivered to Morocco and Lebanon to be used in developing new crop varieties needed in food production while coping with climate change.


Africa Needs Creative Industries to Drive Economic Growth

 -20 July 2016- Kenya and other Eastern African countries need to focus on creative industries in their national development strategies. The creative sector increases jobs, trade opportunities and spur innovation among the youths.


Kenya: Solar Lanterns Empower Households in Nyamonye

By Henry Owino

-18 July 2016-The use of various solar lamps in Africa’s off-grid areas is quickly gaining popularity.  Village households are increasingly using solar powered products. Electricity from main grid remains unreliable and expensive. In Kenya households in Nyamonye sub-location, Siaya County, are using a variety of solar power products with d.light solar lamp costing $10 (Kshs.1000) being one ofthe main sources of lighting.


CIP Honors World Food Prize Winners

By Henry Owino (ScienceAfrica  Correspondent)

-14 July 2016- The World Food Prize 2016, which has been awarded since 1986, went to three Scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP), headquartered in Lima, Peru.  The three CIP Scientists, Drs. Jan Low(Kenya) Maria Andrade(  worked in Mozambique) and Robert Mwanga(Uganda) as well as Dr Howarth Bouis of Harvest Plus(USA) were recognized of their joint success in improving nutrition and health by means of biofortified crops. They were also honored and celebrated on July 8, 2016 at CIP within International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Nairobi, Kenya.


Nairobi: Water Scarcity Escalates Slums


-12 July 2016- Like in most other African nations, the slums of Nairobi especially Kibera which is largest in Africa with a population of almost one million, residents are facing acute shortage of the precious commodity. Taps have run dry, toilets stinking and food sold by wayside roads are hazardous to health.


Kenya: Solar Lamps Improving Manyatta Lifestyle

By Fred Deya(ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-5 July 2016- Kenya is one of the Sub-Sahara African Countries that has a high potential in meeting the increasing demand for clean energy in off the grid villages. More than half of the country’s population of over 40 million remains off the grid and solar power could be a sustainable solution.


Rwanda: Female Entrepreneur Goes for Solar Power

 Christabel Ligami (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-5 July 2016-Uwimbabazi Genevieve, is a Rwandan female entrepreneurs in Huye district, in Rwanda who runs a phone charging shop thanks to the affordable home solar system she acquired from Mobisol Solar Company. Poultry farming was the first business she set up but the challenge of power in the region contributed to the losses she incurred from the business.


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.


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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