Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Five students from Kenya have been named as short-list finalists for the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights. The five – Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – developed an app to help young women…

Kenyatta makes his pitch for U.S. business investment

Kenyatta makes his pitch for U.S. business investment

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta met with business leaders in the United States this week in a bid to attract more investment, particularly in manufacturing as his nation seeks to nearly double the sector’s share of GDP by 2022. Kenyatta spoke at a private forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of…

Kenya begins malaria vaccine program

Kenya has joined the nations of Ghana and Malawi in administering a new malaria vaccine, with parts of the country participating in a pilot program offered in partnership with the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only…

Scientists announce IVF success for nearly extinct rhino

Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino say they’ve successfully created two embryos in the lab by using eggs from the last two remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males. “The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near…

Kenyatta, Kiir join forces on the future of African cities

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta focused on sustainable urban development as the two participated in a panel discussion on cities at the United Nations Habitat Assembly in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the future represents a massive challenge for urbanization, with the need for alternative solutions…

UN rights agency disappointed in Kenya same-sex ruling

The UN human rights agency said Friday it was dismayed by the Kenyan High Court decision to uphold the nation’s ban on same-sex relations. “Criminalizing acts targeting certain individuals based on who they are and whom they love is inherently discriminatory,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet….

Study: Vanishing hippos are critical to African ecosystem health

The hippopotamus is contributing to ecosystem health in African lakes and rivers in a way that scientists haven’t considered before, and it’s because of the beneficial silicon that hippos are transferring through their poop. “Hippos differ from other large grazing animals in the savannah,” said biologist Jonas Schoelynck from the…

Children’s malaria vaccine program launches in Malawi

Malawi on Tuesday became the first African nation to launch a pilot program to administer the world’s first malaria vaccine to children ages 2 and under, according to the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only vaccine…

Kenya museum fossils lead to giant carnivore discovery

Paleontologists at Ohio University in the United States say they have discovered a new species of large carnivore, after taking a second look at fossils stored in a drawer at the National Museums of Kenya. The 22-million-year-old fossils were found in Kenya decades ago by researchers focused on ancient apes,…