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Polio Eradication: Rotary Pledges Additional $35m

-25 September 2016- - Rotary (www.Rotary.org) has committed an additional $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to $105 million in 2016. The announcement follows recent reports of three new cases of wild poliovirus in Nigeria: two cases in July, and one in August.

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Nations Must Invest in Science, Technology and Innovation

-25 September 2016- Science is a public good that deserves to be valued highly and should be used effectively by decision-makers at all levels who should also allocate more resources and invest in STI. This is according to the recent UNESCO Report-  The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations, A Summary Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations from the Scientific Advisory Board-  recently presented to Ban Ki-moon by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on 18 September.

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New Initiative to Reduce Climate Vulnerability

-25 September 2016- The Initiative for the Adaptation of the African Agriculture on the agenda of the COP22 (AAA Initiative) which was launched in April 2016 aims to reduce African agriculture vulnerability to climate change and the delegation is visiting different African nations to rally the continent  behind this initiative.

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Radical Shift in Africa’s Agriculture

        -25 September 2016-  There is a major movement underway in one part of the world that is having a global impact on agriculture. The number of “medium-scale” farms in Africa has skyrocketed since the turn of the century, something that has resulted in what one expert calls a “radical shift in agriculture in Africa.”

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Global Fund Pledges $12.9billion to Help End Malaria, TB and AIDS

By Christabel Ligami (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-25 September 2016- The Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment donors pledged over $12.9 billion for the next three years, demonstrating extraordinary global commitment toward ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good.The pledge came close to meeting Global Fund’s $13 billion funding target – funds that will be essential for making major progress against the three diseases. A fully funded Global Fund is expected to save 8 million lives, prevent 300 million new infections and lead to broad economic gains of up to US$290 billion.

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R&D: Africa Doing Poorly- Japan, South Korea, Israel Lead

-14 September 2016-  Despite four decades of promises African Union’s aim of 1% allocation for R&D remains elusive and only Kenya, Mali and South Africa are approaching the target with Morocco leading   Arab States with just 0.7%. Globally the top three are Japan with 3.6%  Israel 4.1% and South Korea -world leader- 4.3%.

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Solar Energy Boosts Milk Production for Dairy Farmer

By Fred Deya

-14 September 2016- Dairy farming is phenomenal in Kenya’s Rift Valley from zero grazing of a single cow to large scale dairy farms for commercial purposes. However for the success of the business, certain factors have to be considered. Conducive environment with enough lighting system are boosts milk production. Large scale milk production also needs processing machinery akin to solar powered milk cooling machine found at Willy Kirwa’s farm.

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R&D Funding: Africa Doing Poorly – South Korea, Israel, Japan Lead

      -14 September 2016-  Despite four decades of promises African Union’s aim of 1% allocation for R&D remains elusive and only Kenya, Mali and South Africa are approaching the target with Morocco leading   Arab States with just 0.7%. Globally the top three are Japan with 3.6%  Israel 4.1% and South Korea -world leader- 4.3%.

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Polio Eradication, Recurrence: Africa must be Vigilant

By HENRY OWINO (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-13 September 2016- Eradicating polio virus in Africa involves serious surveillance, continuous vaccination and needs scaling up across all countries. Therefore all African governments need to prioritize polio surveillance and remain committed to full implementation of the polio eradication and endgame strategy.  This caution is the result of declaring Nigeria a polio free country, only to report back again an outbreak of polio barely one year later. This is why the need for extra vigilance on polio is important with special emphasis on cross borders.

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Biosecurity Experts Meet to Boost Africa’s Trade

13 September 2016 -  35 African biosecurity experts from ten Central and East African countries met on 5-9 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya for the third Africa Plant Biosecurity Network Workshop. The Network brought African biosecurity professionals from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe together to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach. The aim is to improve national and regional plant biosecurity, lifting crop yields and enabling safe trade.

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WAC Launches Medicinal Plants Manual Documenting Treatment of 49 Livestock Dis;eases

 

-9 September 2016- The World Agrofoestry Centre (ICRAFhas launched a new publication Traditional Ethnoveterinary Medicine in East Africa: a manual on the use medicinal plants.  It documents treatment of 49 main livestock diseases in East Africa using medicinal plants used in the region. The manual goes further to provide details and chemical formulae of the active compounds found in these medicinal plants.

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Climate Change: Africa’s Math Institute Gets $22.6m from Canada

-9 September 2016-Canada is contributing CA$22.6m over five year period to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) to train mathematicians to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions. AIMS has six centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Rwanda and has produced 1,211 graduates- a third are women. 

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Agricultural R&D: KALRO, ILRI Sign MOU

-9 September 16-  Te Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the International Livestock Research Institute(ILRI) recently signed an MOU p to deepen their collaboration in agricultural research for development. The MoU is the culmination of a series of previous meetings between KALRO and ILRI senior management that explored areas of mutual interest in supporting livestock sector development in Kenya.

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Climate Change: Local Communities Bear the Weight

By Norah Akelo (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

 

Thirty years ago, if the situation was as it is today elders would have gathered their people to their first grandfather’s compound for a cleansing ceremony. Cattle, goats and chicken would have their day at the altar as they were the gifts that would open the skies and send down the rain.’ Teresa Odhiambo, a 48 year old local from Lwak, Siaya County narrates from her doorstep as she watches a cow grazing nearby tug on what is more of soil than grass.

 

Her voice joins with the other locals who are worried about the delayed rains, the scorching sun and the fact that they may be facing the possibility of drought and food shortage.

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Solar Power Enables Women Group Generate Income from Fruits

By Fred Deya

-17 August 2016-In the dusty Uthini village of Machakos County, Kenya, group of 25 women are converting solar energy to dry fruits for commercial sale. However, over 40 percent of fruits grown in the area go to waste. Farmers growing mangoes paw paws and bananas, in large scale experience challenges due to poor storage and unavailability of ready market, leading to waste.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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