COVID-19: Community Outreach Program Increases Vaccination Uptake in Homabay County

By Mary Hearty Homabay County is one of the counties that have recorded significantly lower number of people who have been fully vaccinated since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines began, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). As of 8th January 2022, the MoH reported that Homabay had 7.5% of fully vaccinated population out of […]
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Stigma, Discrimination Hindering Progress in TB

By Sharon Atieno Stigma and discrimination against people affected with tuberculosis (TB) are the leading human rights barriers hindering access to TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment care and support. These are the findings of a study published in the Health and Human Rights Journal, which summarizes the results of Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) assessments carried […]
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WHO Announces First Technology Recipients of Vaccine Hub

By Sharon Atieno Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia are the first recipients of the technology needed to produce mRNA vaccines in the African continent. The announcement was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the European Union – African Union summit at a ceremony hosted by […]
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Kenya Launches Five-year Plan for Zoonotic Diseases

By Aziza Atieno and Sharon Atieno With Kenya bearing a tremendous burden of zoonotic diseases- transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa- with multiple outbreaks of different diseases yearly, the country has launched a five-year plan to tackle these diseases. Globally, zoonotic diseases account for over 60% of all human infections and over 75% […]
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KEMRI Launches New Malaria, COVID-19 Kits

By Gift Briton The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has launched two new products- Plasmochek and KEMCOV-19- that will revolutionize COVID-19 and Malaria testing. Malaria is an endemic disease in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, where the country’s Centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) estimates that the mortality due to the disease is at 10,700 people yearly. With Kenya listed among […]
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Food Security Recovery Likely to Take Time, FSNWG Says

By Muia Thomas Food security recovery is likely going to take time following extremely poor and unpredictable rainfall patterns,  Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) says. In a report provided by the FSNWG, at least 12-14 million people in Southern and South Eastern Ethiopia, arid and semi-arid lands (ASALS) of Kenya and Somalia will most […]
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WHO: Boosting Africa’s Vaccines Self-Reliance

By Gift Briton The World Health Organization(WHO), South African government and other international partners are collaborating to build and develop mRNA vaccine hub in South Africa, an initiative which aims at producing COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria vaccines. For greater part of 2021, inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine globally, left billions of people mostly from African […]
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