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World Bank to Support Africa’s Blue Economy

By Duncan Mboyah

-20 October 2016-The World Bank has pledged to support Africa’s Blue Economy as a pathway out of poverty  for millions of families across the continent. Dr. Haleh Bridi, director of World Bank says that if well managed, Blue Economy can contribute to food and nutrition supply, jobs and wealth creation, community resilience, as well as national economies.


African Academy of Sciences' Senior Advisor Wins $1m


-20 October 2016- Africa Academy of Sciences senior advisor, Prof Kevin Marsh has won the $1m Al Sumait Prize administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), for his efforts to control and eradicate malaria.  The prize, launched in 2015 will be awarded annually to individuals and institutions contributing to food security, promoting health and education in Africa. Prof Marsh is among the three recipients who will receive a gold medal and a cash prize of US$1 million each.


Survey: 90 Percent of Kenyans say Healthcare has Problems

-20 October 2016- Nine out of 10 Kenyans believe that the healthcare system has problems and two out of three do not have any type of health insurance. Half of citizens do not know of an ambulance service to be called during emergencies while one out of four households report having members screened for specific non-communicable diseases.


Non-Communicable Diseases: Sugar, Tobacco Top Culprits

By Christabel Ligami

-14 October 2016- Harm reduction for healthier society should be part of any effective public health strategy in national efforts to lower the health burden associated with smoking and the over-consumption of sugar


Gabon Mobilizing Africa to Combat Illegal Fishing

-14 October 2016- The Government of Gabon is engaging other African countries to collaborate in marine protection and the fight against illegal fishing in the continental waters. The announcement follows successful conclusion of a five-month surveillance and control missions and investigation dubbed Operation Albacore.


Tanzania Climate Change: Diet Changes and Infrequent Meals

-2 October 2016- More households in Tanzania’s Rufiji district are changing their diets and eating meals infrequently due to food shortages brought on by climate change.A changing diet and infrequent meals can lead to undernourishment of children and pregnant mothers and cause poor attendance of children to school.


Agroforestry: Trees Transforming Lives, Society


-2 October 2016- If you want to change lives of people and the societies they live in then teach  them how to plant trees and nurture them to maturity; competition for scarce resources usually leads to massive destruction of environment. However, from time immemorial, trees have provided food and oxygen and societies that grow trees, its people lead a healthy life.  This is according to Daisy Ouya, communication specialist at World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)


Kenya Rolls Child Friendly TB Drugs





-2 October 2016- Kenya parents with children suffering from tuberculosis (TB) now have new improved medicines that are also easy to give. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to administer and are flavored for children to like. The medicines are expected to help improve child treatment and survival.


Polio Eradication: Rotary Pledges Additional $35m

-25 September 2016- - Rotary ( 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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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%.


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.


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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