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Rains fail again in East Africa, hunger on the rise - U.N.

Rains have failed for a third consecutive season in East Africa, wilting crops, killing livestock and entrenching a long drought that has pushed millions into hunger, the United Nations said. Some 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - 30 percent more than in late 2016 and their number expected to increase in the coming months, the U.N. food agency said

July 14, 2017

Major diseases, conditions that kill children before their fifth birthday

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest mortality rate of children under five years, with one child in 12 dying before their fifth birthday — far higher than the average ratio of one in 147 in high-income countries. In Part Two of the maternal health series, The Star Kenya seeks to find out the causes of infant mortality and what needs to be done — and has already been done — to reduce these numbers

June 28, 2017
Star Kenya

Hotline, 'gender champions' tackle violence against girls in drought-hit Kenya

A group of women and men – drawn from community members, police officers, journalists, health workers, and non-governmental organisations, among others – have set up a gender support desk and hotline in Wajir for victims of violence. Once a girl calls the toll-free number, the group alerts a local colleague or police officer, who investigates the accusation while providing the victim with moral and medical support. If the allegation is found to be substantiated and the victim is willing to come forward, the gender desk helps her bring the case to court. The initiative, which is part of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and led by Mercy Corps

June 21, 2017

Teach the fathers of tomorrow to keep girls in school today, study shows

The Asante Africa Foundation said girls` attendance increased by 80 percent in Kenyan and Tanzanian schools where its project taught about 9,000 adolescent girls, 3,000 mothers and 500 boys about problems like teenage pregnancy and domestic violence. "If we want to ensure that the next generation of women are given the chance to receive a quality education then we must train our boys to be champions for girls` equality," Erna Grasz, founder of the U.S.-based charity, said

June 19, 2017

For women in Kenya's dry north, water is power

A new way of funding climate change projects at the local level is giving women more say over the use of precious resources. Ahmed Abdi, CEO of Arid Lands Development Focus Kenya (ALDEF Kenya), said women now have a chance to influence decisions that affect their livelihoods, particularly on issues of grazing pastures and water thanks to the Wajir’s Climate Change Fund

June 16, 2017

Maasai manure helps Kenya's drought-hit herders fight hunger

Demand for manure collected from Kenya`s rangelands for use as fertiliser is on the rise. Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) say this manure is richer in nitrogen and phosphorous than that from enclosed livestock which do not graze. Crops need nitrogen to develop vegetation, while phosphorous is essential for root formation and the crop`s structure, said Edward Karanja, project leader with ICIPE, and there is big potential in the manure trade because more Kenyans are investing in agriculture

June 13, 2017

Borealis and Borouge help provides safe water for over 50,000 thanks to PE pipes

Borealis, Borouge, the OPEC Fund for International Development and DFID have funded a Nairobi project that has brought safe and affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 of Kenya`s poorest residents. The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company found it hard to invest in services here due to the haphazard nature of the settlements and perception residents would not pay. So residents without piped water bought water from private street vendors at much higher prices. The partners extended the existing network into the settlements using high-quality pipes, allowing pre-paid water dispensers to be installed which now provide water for as low as a 10th of the price it would be from a street vendor

May 15, 2017
British Plastics & Rubber

Responding to drought must be sustainable, not piecemeal

UNDP representative in Kenya, Siddarth Chatterjee, writes an opinion blog for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she sounds the alarm over the growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition which are developing across more than half of Kenya’s 47 counties. Chatterjee points to the three hardest hit regions of Turkana, Marsabit and Madera where a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished and says this is already double the ‘emergency status threshold,’ so she is asking the international community for help

May 14, 2017

Kenya hopes to double maternity leave to boost mother and child health

Kenya is hoping to pass a new law which will see maternity leave increased to six months from three if a bill before parliament is passed in a bid to boost the health of mothers and babies. The bill is opposed by employer groups who say businesses cannot afford to give women the time off, even though the second three months would be optional, unpaid leave

May 8, 2017

The Activist Taking on Patriarchy to End Domestic Violence in Kenya

News Deeply featured Kenyan activist, Saida Ali, who is taking on ‘dowry culture’ and a ‘fixation on reproduction’ which has contributed to waves of domestic violence towards women in African homes. It tells her story and expresses her view that awareness campaigns about domestic violence are on the rise and that she is more optimistic that attitudes are slowly starting to change

May 3, 2017
News Deeply

FEATURE-Kenya's pastoralists look beyond patriarchy to property rights for women

Over-grazing and the sub-division and privatisation of land and its transfer to agricultural use has forced Kenyan herder communities to accept and adopt new land strategies, including applying for security of tenure and women in land transfer and inheritance, eroding the old patriarchal customs of men as decision makers and managers of land and stock

April 19, 2017

Kenya’s high court has ruled that a third of parliamentarians must be women

Earlier this month, Kenya’s high court ordered parliament to ensure that at least a third of its seats are held by women or risk dissolution. Kenyan lawmakers have about 50 days to figure out a way to guarantee women’s representation in parliament. In 2010, Kenya adopted a constitutional law that said no more than two-thirds of the legislature may be held by one gender. The government has delayed enforcing that ruling and now the court is pressing it to act

April 13, 2017
April 18, 2017
New Times Rwanda

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

An outbreak of cholera in Kenya poses a high risk to the region and a moderate threat globally, the World Health Organization said after delegates at two international conferences were hit. The spread of the disease has surged since April, affecting the capital Nairobi, a major hub for conferences in Africa, and the large refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma. The disease hit 146 at a conference in Nairobi on June 22, and a further 136 people at the China Trade Fair on July 10-12, one of whom died

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Capitalfm.co.ke, Outbreak News Today
July 19, 2017
July 20, 2017

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

Since the beginning of the year, Kenya has experienced cholera outbreaks with an ongoing epidemic in Garissa and Nairobi counties. Some 1,216 cases, including 14 deaths, have been reported this year. Saying hotel closures were not punitive, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu however warned that there is no room for anyone to defy the directives. “It is for the wellbeing of the public,” Dr Mailu said

July 21, 2017
July 27, 2017
Daily Nation

CSs Rotich, Adan Mohamed admitted after reports of cholera outbreak

Two Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich (Treasury) and Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation) are among at least 70 patients admitted at Nairobi hospitals with what may be cholera. The two are at Nairobi Hospital where doctors are observing them

July 14, 2017
The Star, Nairobi News, Tuko

Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya`s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organised by the Ministry of Health. They have been isolated in a city hospital, but health officials say the number of people infected may rise. It is unclear how they caught the disease, which has led to five deaths in the past month

June 22, 2017
BBC, Nairobi News
June 26, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 23, 2017
Daily Nation

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and partners plan new approach to detect and r...

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in collaboration with WHO met with partners in May to plan a new approach to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in Africa. The new approach, called ‘event-based surveillance,’ involves using open source information, such as social media posts, to detect events that might pose a risk to public health. Africa CDC will partner with the World Health Organisation and others to strengthen event-based surveillance in the 18 countries that have already begun using this approach and will work to introduce it in the remaining 37 African countries

June 20, 2017

25 cases of cholera reported at Kakuma Refugee Camp

There were further reports of the outbreak of cholera in Kakuma Refugee Camp where 25 cases have been confirmed. Those affected are mainly refugees from the Dinka community who recently streamed in from South Sudan as a result of tensions in the country. Kakuma Camp is home to 169,203 refugees out of whom 90,446 are from South Sudan

May 29, 2017
Standard Media

Turkana on alert after cholera outbreak in camp

Refugees in Kakuma camp have been treated for cholera following an outbreak which has hit 25 camp inhabitants, as yet no deaths have been recorded and the patients have been isolated and hospitalised to prevent further spread of the disease

May 27, 2017
Daily Nation

Dengue fever reported in Kisumu

Kisumu County has reported its first locally-acquired dengue fever; weeks after some 153 related cases were confirmed in Mombasa. Chief Executive Officer of Health Dr Ojwang Lusi said a 16-year-old Chavakali High School student tested positive for the disease. The student was diagnosed at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu on May 12. “He complained of general malaise, joint pains, fever and headache,’’ said Dr Lusi. He tested positive but was quickly treated and discharged yesterday.

May 21, 2017
Standard Media

Cholera outbreak in Nairobi, five admitted

Nairobi county has activated cholera treatment centres following an outbreak of the disease in the city. Health executives confirmed that five cases of cholera have occurred. The authorities believed it was an imported case as the five had travelled to the city to attend a wedding. There were reports three people had died after contracting the disease but the authorities are currently not aware of this and cannot confirm it

May 19, 2017
Star Kenya
May 18, 2017
PMNews Nigeria, Pulse Nigeria, Xinhuanet, Standard Media

Cholera kills two in Kenyan capital, five hospitalized: official

Cholera killed two people in the Kenyan capital and another five are hospitalised receiving treatment a Nairobi health official told Reuters. The victims were part of a larger group of about 400 guests who attended a wedding in a Nairobi neighbourhood where food was provided by a catering company

May 19, 2017

Alerte à la dengue au Kenya

Kenyan health authorities in the Mombassa region sounded an alert after 150 suspected cases of dengue, with 119 confirmed, was diagnosed across several health centres in the district

May 7, 2017
Afrik.com, Daily Nation, Star Kenya, Standard Media , Tribune Online, Xinhuanet

Health systems

The poison in your cabinet: Kenya’s fake drugs scourge

Criminals are smuggling all manner of medicine, most of it fake, into Kenya, putting millions of people at a huge risk of poisoning. The global health entity estimates that about 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are linked to the counterfeit drug trade. The International Policy Network estimates that, globally, 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drugs

July 3, 2017
Daily Nation

Unicef: Nurses’ strike will fuel more casualties in outbreaks

The United Nations Children’s Fund has raised the alarm that the nurses’ strike, now in its 23rd day, will fuel more casualties in the disease outbreaks being reported in several parts of Kenya.The UN agency wrote that the strike has impeded response. In a periodical report on the health needs of Kenya, UNICEF listed the disease outbreaks: “There is an active cholera outbreak in five counties (Garissa, Nairobi, Murang’a, Turkana and Nakuru) with 581 confirmed cases and seven deaths”. This excludes the recent cholera outbreak in Nairobi’s Weston Hotel

June 27, 2017
Daily Nation, AllAfrica.com

KMA says Cholera outbreak a sign of broken healthcare system

The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has said the recent outbreak of cholera where 26 people were infected is a sign of a broken primary health care system in the country. National Chairperson Jacqueline Kitulu stated that primary health care falls squarely under the county governments under the devolved system of government and must be taken seriously

June 24, 2017
Capital News

New partnership to increase access to cancer medicines in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries that will benefit from market access agreements between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies. The other countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The agreements will set competitive prices on the medicines, thus allowing African governments to realize substantial savings while improving the quality of available treatment

June 23, 2017
KBC Channel

How to reduce maternal deaths in the worst counties to give birth in

A prioritised set of interventions is to be applied over the next five years in Kenya. The implementation of a framework which would help achieve targets by improving coverage for key indicators. These include increasing skilled deliveries by 87 per cent, antenatal care by 69 per cent, full immunization to 76 per cent, contraceptive use to 73 per cent and pregnant women tested for HIV and post-test counselling to 75 per cent, all by 2020. Experts projected that following this, the absolute number of maternal deaths would reduce from 5,453 in 2014/15 to 3,276. To achieve these goals, the framework suggested key strategies that needed increased investments, including addressing disparities and increasing coverage through prioritising underserved counties and marginalized populations

June 20, 2017
The Star

Achieving universal health coverage in Kenya through Innovative financing

Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy. Africa accounts for a quarter of the world’s disease burden but has less than five per cent of the world’s doctors. The continent lags far behind in basic healthcare coverage for services such as immunization, water and sanitation, and family planning. Kenya can institute targeted taxation as an innovative financing policy to complement existing financing mechanisms

June 19, 2017
The Star

Fake drugs kill more people than terrorism, study shows

Counterfeit medicines kill more than 100,000 people each year globally, a number greater than terrorism deaths, a survey by the Institute of Research against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) shows, speaking at a workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy in Mombasa, IRACM director of studies Wilfrid Roge said the majority of unsuspecting consumers fall prey because “it is very difficult to recognise the fakes.” “Sh7.5 trillion is lost annually because of fake drugs with firms in Africa making fake vaccines and veterinary products,” he said. Roge, however, said his firm is investing in the training of customs officers in the region to enable them to conduct proper risk analysis and prosecute culprits as a way of cutting the supply chain

June 8, 2017
Mediamax Network

Kenyan government nurses go on strike over pay dispute, six patients die

Kenyan government nurses have gone on strike over delays in an agreement that will give them pay rises, a union official said, bringing services to a halt in many parts of the country, the deal was meant to have been signed by the union, the national government and county governments, but the state commission that advises on public sector pay rejected the deal, according to an official letter seen by Reuters

June 6, 2017

Kenya’s First Gay Health Clinic Provides Care Without the Judgment

NBC News speaks to the director of Ishtar, the first health care clinic in Kenya run by gay men that serves a population primarily of gay men. With discrimination still high in the country the clinic is a place where treatment comes without judgement as the staff are drawn from the community too.  At present they are still unable to provide antiretroviral therapy to those who are HIV-positive but they refer members to either an NGO with whom they have an agreement or to a government run facility. Many refuse to go as they are not treated well 

May 15, 2017

Kenya: Report Lays Bare Kenya's Frail Health Sector

The Kenya Health Workforce Report lays bare Kenya’s ill-preparedness in tackling non-communicable diseases in terms of human resource capacity. For instance, cancer killed 15,714 people in 2015 yet there are only 9 experts in radiology/oncology and 128 in radiology. For all the cases of diabetes there is only one diabetologist. There are only 71 psychiatrists in Kenya, yet the latest mental health report from WHO showed that 4.4% of all Kenyans have a mental health problem of some sort

May 14, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation

Why US suspended direct funding to Ministry of Health

The US Embassy in Kenya announced that the Health Ministry will no longer receive direct assistance from the American aid agency (USAID). Citing concerns over reports of corruption and extremely poor accounting practices in the Health Ministry, the U.S. said it would freeze its Ksh 2.1bn contribution to the ministry health kitty. The Embassy said the action was to ensure that health spending reached those in most need and to protect U.S. taxpayer money

May 9, 2017
Citizen TV, Star Kenya, International Business Times, Xinhuanet, Reuters

How poor vaccine supply systems put thousands of Kenyans at risk

Outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact of vaccines, placing the health of millions of people at risk, according to new articles published in Vaccine Journal. One in every three countries in the world experiences at least one stockout of at least one vaccine for at least one month, while 19-38% of vaccines worldwide are accidentally exposed to freezing temperatures, potentially compromising the potency of the vaccines

April 2, 2017
The Star Kenya

13 counties in western Kenya agree to joint delivery of health services

Thirteen counties in western Kenya have agreed to work together to improve delivery of healthcare services, particularly on malaria and HIV/Aids. The counties forming the Lake Region Bloc are in discussion to develop a joint blue print to address joint health service challenges

March 21, 2017
Standard Media

Kenya doctors end three-month strike after deal with government

Kenyan doctors ended a three-month public hospital strike on Tuesday, after reaching agreement on pay and working conditions. This has ended the standoff which threatened to embarrass the government before August’s elections 

March 14, 2017

Communicable diseases

Top malaria drug losing potency, experts want it replaced

Health experts have warned that Kenya’s number one malaria treatment drug is no longer effective. Speaking at a forum, the scientists said AL— the first line malaria medicine in Kenya—should be replaced with the second line drug called DP which previous studies have shown is more effective. On Friday the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) released a statement saying the world’s most effective medicine against uncomplicated malaria is losing its edge. The Kemri statement was based on a four-year study in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The results were presented in Arusha during a meeting of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project

June 25, 2017
Standard Digital

Pharmacists win big in HIV self-testing drive

The Government has partnered with pharmacists to drive the recently launched HIV self-testing programme and administering preventive drugs to people at high risk. The move is a major win for the more than 4,000 pharmacists registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) whose operations will be the primary healthcare centres to support the efforts to fight HIV/Aids. Heavy backing from the programme is expected to drive constant traffic of customers to pharmacies, thus boosting their businesses

June 11, 2017
KDRTV, Standard Media

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot GSK malaria vaccine from 2018

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said. In clinical trials it proved only partially effective, and it needs to be given in a four-dose schedule, but it is the first regulator approved vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease

April 24, 2017
Reuters, BBC, AlJazeera, Deutsche Welle
April 26, 2017
CNN Health
April 24, 2017
Quartz, Telegraph, IFLScience