HIV: Injectable PrEP Receives Approval

By Sharon Atieno Cabotegravir (CAB-LA),the first injectable form of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), joins a wide range of HIV prevention tools including male and female condoms, daily oral PrEP, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring after receiving the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The CAB-LA, branded Apretude, is an […]
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No Influenza Outbreak in Kenya, KEMRI Says

By Mary Hearty The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has set straight the ongoing misinformation circulating on both local media and social media on ‘influenza outbreak’ in the country under the title “KEMRI Study Reveals Influenza Outbreak”. In a press statement, the medical research institute wrote that the alleged ‘outbreak’ is based on a total […]
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Organization Empowering Kibera Girls to Make Better Choices amidst Teenage Pregnancies

By Christian Benard Childbearing begins early in Kenya, with almost one in four women giving birth by age 18 and nearly one in two by age 20. Additionally, 18% of adolescent women age 15-19 years are already mothers or pregnant with their first child, according to data from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey. Further, […]
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WHO Launches Global Standards for Refugee, Migrant Health Services

By Faith Atieno The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Competency Standards for refugee and migrant health services document that aims to strengthen countries’ capacity to provide health services to refugees and migrants worldwide Currently, more people than ever are living in a country other than the one in which they were born […]
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Kenya: Kisumu Launches Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Centre

Fredrick Odiero  The Kisumu County Government has launched a Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Centre at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) to respond to the high burden of the sickle cell disease condition in the area. Through partnership with American Society of Hematology(ASH), Perkin Elmer-Finland, and Consortium On Newborn Screening in Africa […]
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Conversations with Prof. Jaoko on Omicron Variant

Prof. Walter Jaoko’s responses to media queries on the new Omicron virus during an AfriSMC press briefings on What Scientists know about the new Covid-19 variant. Prof Jaoko is the Director KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research, University of Nairobi  Why is the new variant called Omicron? The naming of these variants are based on the Greek […]
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COVID-19: More Cases if Vaccination Rate Does not Improve, Moeti Says

By Saumu Juma With an 83% surge in COVID-19 cases in Africa in the past one week with the Delta and Omicron variants mainly being detected, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Word Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa said that Africa is likely to report more cases if the vaccination rate does not improve. “We are cautiously […]
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African Countries urged to Increase Domestic Investment in Public Health

By Naomi Kitur African governments and national parliaments should increase domestic financing for health in Africa, Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s President said at the first international Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2021). At the event organized by the African Union (AU) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Kagame stated […]
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NCDs: Investing One Dollar More per Person could Avert Seven Million Deaths

By Faith Atieno Close to seven million deaths could be prevented by 2030, if low and lower-middle income countries were to make an additional investment of less than a dollar per person per year in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. Currently, NCDs including […]
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