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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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Off Grid Island Residents Resort to Solar Power

By HENRY OWINO

-17 August 2015-In Kenya’s Siaya County, little known and Mageta Island in Lake Victoria is about 20Km from the mainland is increasingly getting crowded. However, the island has remained off grid after 53 years of Kenya enjoying the independence attained in 1963. Residents have depended entirely on kerosene and diesel as sources of energy to power for their televisions, refrigerators, computers, barber shops, mobile phones charging, posho mills, and water pumps.

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ICRISAT:'s Innovation Detects Aflatoxin in 15 minutes

-17 August 2016- A new rapid test kit that detects aflatoxins contamination at levels of 10 parts per billion within 15 minutes is major improvement from one called  Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (cELISA)test, developed in 2000 by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), which has to be done in a laboratory taking up to two days. Currently, the test can be applied to detect aflatoxin in groundnuts.

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Africa: Fight against Vitamin A Deficiency Scaled Up

 By Henry Owino

Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of preventable childhood blindness and increases the risk of death from common childhood diseases, such as diarrhea and measles. According to World Health Organization (WHO) every year, up to 500,000 children worldwide go blind because of vitamin A deficiency. Half of these children die within 12 months of losing their sight

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Weed Control: What Plants Communicate Matters

-11 August, 2016 –  There is need for Africa’s professional associations to engage more with the public and their target audiences.  A good example comes from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Its experts say plants can sense and communicate in ways that may surprise you, and those findings are opening the door for innovative new approaches to weed control.

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CGIAR: More Leadership Changes

Aly Abou Sabaa New ICARDA Director General 
  -11 August 2016- The former Vice President of the African Bank for Development (AfDB) Aly Abou Sabaa from Egypt becomes the Director '2General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) from October 15th, 2016. Thishas been confirmed by the Chair of ICARDA’s Board of Trustees, Margret Thalwitz. The current General Director, Dr. Mahmoud Solh, steps down after decade’s service.

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IITA: Dr Sanginga’s Term as Director General Extended for Five Year

-10 August 2016-IITA Board of Trustees has extended Dr Nteranya Sanginga contract as the Director General of the institute. Dr Bruce Coulman, Chair of IITA BoT said that Dr Sanginga had accepted the offer of an additional five year term as Director-General, beginning 01 November, 2016.This resolution, IITA researchers say, brings stability and continuity to cassava research in particular, and the IITA in general.

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African Cassava Agronomy Initiative Engaging Stakeholders

-9 August 2016-Ibadan, Nigeria—The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has stepped up efforts in cultivating and fostering the right partnerships in its cardinal aim of reducing the cassava yield gap in Africa. The ACAI project team from inception realized the importance of partnerships, and is sparing no effort in ensuring effective collaboration among partners from the experimental phase to the development, and use of the tools that will support appropriate  management of cassava to realize the crop’s fullest potential on farmers’ fields.

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AIDS: Vaccine Development Offers Best Hope

-7 August 2016 - Around 78 million people are infected with HIV and almost half have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the epidemic started 35 years ago and over 2m will become infected despite advances in prevention and treatment and has remained about the same over the last six years. This reality was the focus of some 18,000 delegates who attended the 21st International AIDS Conference, which took in Durban, South Africa recently. That the world has entered a fragile period in the effort to reverse and eventually end the global AIDS epidemic.

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Kenya: KEMRI Destroys Polio Virus Stockpile

  By Henry Owino (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-6 August July 2016- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has destroyed polio virus stockpiles which were collected from various health facilities. The wild polio virus isolates were subjected to very high temperatures heat activation to ensure complete destruction at the headquarters in Nairobi.

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Solar Power Enables Hospital Provide Quality Care

By Ordia Akelo

-6 August 2015-Matangwe Hospital has been credited as the most reliable healthcare facility within Bondo District. Apart from having staff that are present around the clock, they have installed solar panels which have ensured a steady supply of electricity.

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SPECIAL PAPER: Traditional Knowledge in Developing Nations and Holistic Development: A Case Study Of Africa

By: Jerry Omulo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (IPAHD INT’L CONSULTANCY SERVICE)

Abstract

-31 July 2o16- Traditional Knowledge is familiarity with the way of life as handed over from the previous generation to the next generation. This paper therefore looks at various definitions after brief introduction and goes ahead to briefly examine various concepts in relation to traditional knowledge. it also bring into account the past ,present and possible future accounts on traditional knowledge .it even become more interesting as the paper to explore challenges & problems, solutions and the role of Traditional knowledge in holistic development. SWOT analysis has been used innovatively together with two tables for wellness and influence analysis. Finally the paper considers summarized quotes of others work before giving conclusion and references. Hope you will enjoy your reading.

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Special Paper on EIA: A Continuing Global Imperative, Much Remains to be Done

By Amb.Dr. John.O.Kakonge ( Sustainable Development Consultant and Adviser)

 -31 July 2016-The continuing support across the world for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process demonstrates that it is still relevant and useful. More work is needed, however, to enhance the support which the process deserves, and especially to deepen its understanding by all key stakeholders. Several studies indicate that there are some elements of the EIA process which are either taken for granted or ignored. Moreover, some of these elements continue to be mentioned repeatedly. Considering that EIA and other related techniques are used globally, there is a need for practical reflection so that their value may be better appreciated.

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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.

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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.

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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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