Kenya: five-day campaign aimed at eradicating polio

Kenya: five-day campaign aimed at eradicating polio

95 percent of children under the ages of five in Nairobi were vaccinated against polio The Star reported yesterday. The vaccinations were part of an exercise that ended today. The five-day campaign was aimed at the eradication of polio. “We want to fully eradicate polio. This is in line with…

Why the five year multi-million dollar nutrition plan is not solving Kenya’s malnutrition problem

A five-year multi-million dollar plan to address malnutrition in Kenya will end in 2017 and leave thousands of children still suffering from malnourishment. The US and UK funded plan does not address the root causes of malnutrition which include recurrent droughts, famine, floods and poverty. Due to the lack of…

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

How Kenya is planning to tackle HIV/AIDS

How Kenya is planning to tackle HIV/AIDS

In tribute of World HIV/Aids Day to be observed next week, Kenya has rolled out several programmes aimed at becoming the third African country to control its HIV/Aids epidemic. The East African country wants to follow in the footsteps of Botswana and Namibia, with concerted and smart actions, in particular for…

George Okore is an international journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Sierra Leone officially Ebola free

Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free this Saturday after going 42 days without a new case. The criteria by which a country is declared Ebola free is set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 42-day period is set as it is twice the “maximum incubation period for Ebola…

Five Ugandan women create women’s health app

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. They posted a video on YouTube in which the team know as the…

WHO declares Liberia Ebola free

Liberia has once again been declared Ebola free. Last Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola free after its 42-day period without recording a confirmed case of the virus. Liberia is now entering its 90-day period of vigilance and surveillance, which will hopefully prevent any further outbreaks. Previously,…

Cape Verde escapes major damage from hurricane

A hurricane has hit Cape Verde, producing winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour. The storm, named, Tropical Storm Fred, I now over 400 kilometers away from Islands, the Weather Channel reported. It is the first hurricane to hit the islands since 1892. Cape Verde is made up of…

Why Nigeria took so long to get non-polio endemic status

For both Nigeria and the continent, the country’s removal from the list of polio endemic countries is a huge step towards Africa complying with the global goal of becoming polio free by 2017. The goal is part of the World Health Assembly’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to deliver a polio-free…

Oyewale Tomori

Professor Oyewale Tomori is currently, President, Nigerian Academy of Science.

Faith organisations help increase healthcare in West Africa

Faith-based organisations should be more often utilised in spreading healthcare throughout West Africa. Thomson Reuters Foundation quoted a statement made by Edward Mills, the author of the study and a senior epidemiologist at Global Evaluative Sciences in Canada saying that “religious groups are major players in the delivery of healthcare,…

WHO criticised for response to Ebola

The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has been severely criticised for their response to West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, which has been deemed inadequate in a report released Tuesday July 7, 2015. The Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel, which was created by the UN-appointed independent panel of…

Liberia no longer Ebola free

On May 9, 2015, Liberia was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However on June 28 a 17 year old boy, Abraham Memaigar, died in Margibi Count from Ebola after earlier being tested and found positive of carrying the virus disease by the Liberian authorities. This is…