15.2 Million More Vaccines for Africa

By Mary Hearty The Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation have announced the delivery of 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative to help scale up COVID-19 vaccination efforts across Africa. Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is committed to purchase vaccines for […]
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Kenya: FAO Launches Green Cities Initiative in Mombasa

By Sharon Atieno Mombasa County becomes the third city in Kenya to launch the Green Cities Initiative (GCI) which aims to improve the livelihoods and well-being of urban and peri-urban populations by addressing urban challenges including urbanization, agri-food systems limits and climate change. Besides Mombasa, Kisumu and Nairobi cities in Kenya are among the 12 […]
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Nigeria Urges Africa to Follow its Lead on GM Cowpea

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo Nigeria is urging the rest of Africa to follow its lead and approve genetically modified (GM) cowpea (beans) to help ensure food and nutrition security on the continent. The Nigerian scientists and government officials who developed and approved the world’s first genetically modified (GM) cowpea say their successful commercial release of […]
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WHO: Process Launched to Draft Protection Convention against Future Pandemic

By Faith Atieno On the 1st of December, the World Health Assembly agreed to kick start a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. In a Special Session-the second-ever since WHO’s founding in […]
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Omicron Discovery Exposes Double Standards in Responses to the Pandemic

By Daniel Otunge Dutch health authorities have revealed that they had found the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 eleven days earlier before South African authorities announced its discovery. The question is, why didn’t the Dutch tell the world about it earlier? With this revelation, it is safe to say that Omicron was already spreading in […]
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Implement STI Pathways to Ensure Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

By Faith Atieno To achieve aqua-food sustainability and deal with issues such as overfishing, IUU fishing and the related conflicts in inland fisheries, implementation of science, technology and innovation (STI) pathways in the Lake Victoria Basin is crucial, expert says. Prof John Mugabe, Professor of Science and Innovation Policy at the Graduate School of Technology Management […]
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Donors Urged to Transform Approach to Funding Sexual, Reproductive Justice

By Naomi Kitur There is need for a radical transformation of the way donor nations and philanthropies fund sexual and reproductive health justice and activism, experts and activists say. At a virtual press briefing convened by Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship, experts and activists, both of whom are fellows at the instsitute, said that they […]
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