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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.


Kenya: Smallholder Farmers Grow Nutritious Fruits

   By Noella Rume

 -23 June 2016- Smallholder farmers in semi-arid Machakos County, Kenya are growing a variety of nutritious fruit trees including pawpaw, lemons, guavas, water berries, mangoes, desert dates and passion. The fruits contain important nutrients like vitamin A, C and B6. Vitamin A is linked to healthy eyes and good vision, while C provides general good health and reduces illness such as colds. Vitamin B6 is good for pregnant women and young children’s healthy growth.


E. Africa’s 2016 Energy Innovation Challenge Finalists Announced

-20 June 2016- Six 2016 Energy Innovation Challenge finalists will attend the Cambridge Development Initiative’s (CDI) 2016 DAREnterprisers entrepreneurship training course and the opportunity to pitch to win $3000 to help implement their ideas.  Andrew Kasujja, Ronnie Ssejjuko, Fred Tuhairweof Uganda andLeticia George, Frank Kanizioand Simon Kalolo of Tanzania were selected on the basis of their applications and personal interviews with the CDI leadership.


Malnutrition Major Cause of Child Deaths

By Koffi Barry

-17 June 2016- Malnutrition causes almost half of deaths of children under five years in developing countries making it the number one driver of the global burden of disease. It is linked to poor growth and development, being overweight, deficiency in vitamins and minerals. According to Lawrence Haddad, Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report’s Independent Expert Group.


Need to Scale Up Nutrition Interventions

By Noelle Rume

-17 June 2016- Kenya needs $76 million to produce tremendous health benefits that include 5000 lives saved; 455,000 disability-adjusted life averted, and over200,000 cases of stunting averted, says Dr Cleopas Mailu, the cabinet secretary for health.


Kenya Reducing Malnutrition

By Koffi Barry and Noelle Rume(

-10 June 2016-The 2016 Global Nutrition Report recognizes Kenya as a country that is committed to reducing malnutrition. This is an improvement from last year when Kenya was described as being on course.


Rockefeller Foundation's $1m Grant to Enhance Cassava Shelf-life

 –7 June, 2016 – The Rockefeller Foundation, Dalberg and IITA, recently launched an Innovation Challenge to find innovative solutions to increase cassava shelf life in Nigeria, the world’s leading producer of the root crop. This was announced at the recent World Economic Forum – Africa annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. It includes funding, technical assistance to implement business model development and product design.


Treaty against Illegal Fishing Now in Force

(FAO Agreement on Port State Measures is now a binding international law)

 -7 June 2016, - International accord to stamp out illegal fishing went into effect and is now legally binding for the 29 countries –seven in Africa- and a regional organization that have adhered to it. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) - adopted as an FAO Agreement in 2009 after a years-long diplomatic effort - is the first ever binding international treaty that focuses specifically on illicit fishing.


UNESCO Celebrates World Oceans Day

-6 June 2016-In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will highlight the crucial role of the ocean in controlling the planet’s climate during the celebration of World Oceans Day at the Organization’s Headquarters on 8 June.


Role of Science in Achieving SDGs

-6 June 2016- Leading scientists of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General recently met in Trieste, Italy to provide insights and recommendations on the crucial role of science in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United Nations in the late 2015.


Cancer More Aggressive from Fat Storage

-6 June 2016- Researchers at Lund University, Sweden have discovered that some cancer cells can accumulate fat droplets, which appear to make them more aggressive and increase their ability to spread. According to researchers the interior of a cancer tumour  has oxygen deficiency, low pH levels and lack of nutrients. The cells that survive in this environment are called “stressed cells” and are considered to be more aggressive.


Botswana President to Open AAS 10th General Assembly

-6 June 2016- African Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) 10th General Assembly will be held in Kasane, Botswana, from 21-22 June 2016. President of Botswana, Dr Ian Khama will open the General Assembly, which is a gathering of AAS Fellows that will include 120 scientists.


South Africa: Kathu Solar Project in Northern Cape Begins

-6 June 2016-Kathu Solar Park Project in South Africa, owned by an ENGIE-led consortium with South African partners, has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom – South Africa’s state owned power utility.


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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