Kenya gets new facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and Kenya Biologics Ltd, will enable smallholders control fruit flies that …

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Low-cost tech needed to beat malaria in Africa

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Investing in low-cost technological innovations and tools could reduce malaria burden in Africa, say experts. Speaking at a workshop on closing gaps to protect people from deadly forms of malaria held in Kenya this month (21 April) — barely a week before World Malaria Day (25 April), the experts emphasised that …

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Online tool aids resilience to climate change impacts

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] An online tool that aids analyses and use of climate data to boost resilience to climate impacts has been launched in Kenya. The tool was launched during the Enhancing National Climate Services workshop organised last month (16 March) by Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) in collaboration with US-based International Research Institute for …

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NCDs are 23 per cent of Africa’s disease burden

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Stem cell science — study of cells that have the capacity to develop into other cells types — could solve Africa’s noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) burden, says a report. A workshop report, published by African Academy of Sciences and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in February, states that investing time and …

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Entrepreneurs trained to reduce high maternal deaths

By Ochieng’ Ogodo, Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Scaling up low-cost technological innovations and incorporating business model into healthcare could help cut maternal and child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. According to World Health Organisation, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for 66 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2015. At a meeting of the General Electric …

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