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African Nations Review Sustainable Development Agenda

By Christabel Ligami

-20 May 2016-Six African countries are among the 22 global countries that will voluntarily present the first national reviews on sustainable development agenda 2030 at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which will be convened in New York in July 2016. The six countries include Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.


Cell Phone Boosts Disease Diagnosis

19 May 2016 – African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation(ANDI) is implementing  an integrated Cell Phone App (Application) to boost the diagnosis of neglected diseases at point of care in Africa, in collaboration with the Chinese EASE-Medtrend Biotech.


Africa: Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases Could Save $52b

 19 May 2016– Figures released at the recent World Economic Forum(WEF) on Africa show that sub-Saharan Africa could save $52 billion by 2030 if it meets the World Health Organization’s 2020 control and elimination targets for the five most common Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Kenya alone could save $1.9 billion.


South Africa: Researchers Develop Faster TB Test

 19- May 2016- World Health Organization says 1.5m people died from TB in the last two years due to  combination of factors including of late testing. To combat the latter, a new, faster test for TB has been produced by a multinational group of researchers at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.


Innovation: Female Engineering Students’ Solar Powered Mower

By Leopold Obi (Science Writer)

17-May 2016-Two female engineering students from a technical college in Bungoma County, Western Kenya, have come up with a modern lawn mower that does not require diesel to operate. Instead the mower which comes complete with a rechargeable car battery and a mortar runs on a photovoltaic cells –which is ‘green’ and environmentally friendly.


High Yielding Sorghum, Millet Launched

 Addis Ababa – 12 May 2016-. A dryland cereals improvement project ‘HOPE Phase 2’ aimed at improving productivity of sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet has been launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


 The initiative, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims at helping farmers in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda cope with the effects of drought, and reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition.


Will Africa be the Centre of Tobacco Epidemics?

Christabel Ligami (Special Correspondent)

Harare -11 May 2016-Africa is poised to become the future epicentre for tobacco epidemics if no concerted efforts on tobacco control measures are taken to now avert the disaster waiting to happen, according to experts who attended the 3rd Pan-African Capacity Development Forum (ACDF) in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Africa: Why Universities Need to Focus on STI


By Christabel Ligami(ScienceAfrica Special Correspondent)


-11 May 2015- Only 28 percent of students in Africa are enrolled in the fields of science and technology in African Universities. The majority study social sciences which points to the scale of the challenge the continent is faced with in its effort to deliver on the SDGs Agenda and Agenda 2063.


Cheetahs Racing to Extinction

-3 May 2016-The population in the cheetah stronghold of Maasai Mara, Kenya, is lower than previously thought and even their total number of 6,600 worldwide, mostly in Eastern and Southern Africa, is guesswork and they are racing to extinction.


Still, they are extinct in 20 countries and occupy only 17% of their historical range and the major threats are habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, depleting prey and illegal pet trade.


Kenya’s Rent-to-own Solar Products Initiative

By Christabel Ligami (ScienceAfrica Correspondent)

-2 May 2016- Wilson Mutune had been struggling to watch news ever since he relocated from Nairobi to his rural home in Mwala, Machakos County, Eastern Kenya, in 2013. The 42 year old father of four says after work he would wait in Machakos town to watch evening news in the restaurant before going home. 


Thanks to MKOPA sales agents who came knocking at his door promoting low cost solar power in the County. Now he is among the 330, 000 people who have benefitted from the M-KOPA model that provides rent-to-own solar energy products to help provide cheap solar power to rural homes.


Looming Malaria Disaster?


-2 May 2016-One of the major health targets of the 21st century is elimination of malaria and most African nations supported by World Health Organization (WHO) and various donors have 2030 as the deadline. However, this may not be realised unless urgent steps are taken to curb the incurable malaria that is rapidly evolving South East Asia.


New Products: Research Sterilisers, Lab Autoclaves

-29 April 2016- Human survival and improved health in the modern world heavily depends on the often taken for granted sterilisers and autoclaves which are at the centre of laboratory research and control  various disease causing germs- bacteria, virus, fungi and various single celled parasites.


Nigeria: $11.6m for Sustainable Cassava Seed System

-29 April 2016- A four-year $11.6m project ending 2019 to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was recently launched at the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.


Move to Curb Marketing of High Sugar Beverages

-25 April 2016-  The role of sugar sweetened beverages in obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease is increasingly attracting the attention of opponents who say it is particularly hurting poor nations.


Dehli based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) along with global health groups including World Public Health Nutrition Association, World Obesity Federation, Consumers International and Center for Science in the Public Interest want manufacturers to curb marketing of sugar drinks to children aged below 17.


Solar Project Improves Learning Environment in Remote High School

   By Fred Deya

-25 April 2016-The electricity outreach in Africa’s rural homes has always been minimal. However, this is beginning to change with the introduction and adoption of renewable energy especially solar and wind in rural homes, villages, schools, health facilities and markets. Usao Mixed Secondary School in remote parts of Suba, Homa Bay Countyin Kenya, has become a centre and source of light and energy for even the immediate community through installation of solar panels.


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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