Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Since the adoption of the UN’s Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development by world leaders on 25 September last year, I have been looking for opportunities that can offer innovative lessons for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One such opportunity arose last week (3 February) when I attended the …

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Gap in malaria treatment for pregnant women

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The proportion of pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving preventive measures such as intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) is low, a study says. According to researchers, pregnant women are at high risk of death from malaria and that about 125 million pregnancies occur annually in malaria-endemic areas, noting …

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US$4 million project to control lethal maize disease

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries. The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a workshop …

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El Niño rains could be double-edged sword for Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Kenya should take advantage of the predicted El Niño-related rainfall expected to peak this month and extend to early parts of 2016, according to meteorologists. Kenyan meteorologists say that although the rains will negatively impact on people and their livelihoods, the country should be prepared to reap the benefits of the …

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East Africa on alert for El Niño deluge

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] East African countries near the equator are bracing for high El Niño-related rainfall that meteorologists warn may cause floods, crop losses and disease in the coming months. The region is set to experience much more rain than usual during the October-December wet season, and possibly until early next year, forecasts say …

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