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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Mixed approach holds promise to African farmers

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Harnessing smart and sustainable approaches including planting crop varieties suitable for the right soil types and using emerging technologies could boost food production in Sub-Saharan Africa, a meeting has heard. Experts who spoke at the Yara East Africa Annual Distributors Event held in Kenya last month (20 January) agreed that there …

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Boosting STEM education for African girls and women

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mentoring girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is, no doubt, viewed as one of the most central pillars for equitable and secure sustainable future of Africa. But experts, governments and several institutions have been grappling with how best this can be executed to achieve the desired goals …

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