New report urges more action for adolescent health

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new report has called for an accelerated action to tackle issues that affect adolescents, especially in regions of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa with high number of adolescent deaths. According to the report released last week (16 May) by the World Health Organization (WHO), lower respiratory infections, suicide and …

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Child-friendly medicines improving TB care in Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The adoption and increased use of child-friendly medicines is helping Kenya improve the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and child survival, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Kenya is a high tuberculosis burden country with children estimated to comprise about 10 per cent of all TB cases, a large fraction of …

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Alliances in cassava R&D will aid food security

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] Strengthening collaborations among institutions and small-scale cassava farmers could help Central Africa reduce hunger and foster nutrition security, experts say. Research scientists from academic institutions and policymakers say that collaborations in research and development would promote innovation to address the challenges of nutrition insecurity such as stunting in children. The …

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Online project stirring students’ interest in science

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] An online initiative that connects secondary school students and scientists in Kenya is helping improve the standards of science education. The initiative known as “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here” is part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s community engagement work. “[The initiative] is a …

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Cassava farming could ‘transform economies’ in Central Africa

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] A newly established regional forum on cassava for Central African countries aims to facilitate dialogue to improve how to add value to cassava farming. Ministers of agriculture and rural development from Cameroon, Central African Republic and Gabon are optimistic that agriculture could transform the region into a semi-industrial economy, with …

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