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Kenya confirms 167 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 2,767

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Sunday, June 7, 2020 confirmed that 167 people tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number to 2,767. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary in the ministry, said the cases were detected from 2,833 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Kagwe said that out of the 167 people, who ...

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Kenya’s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,286

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday, May 25, 2020 confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Mwangangi said that 70 of ...

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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

Desert locust swarm

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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World Bank announces Agritech Challenge

Makhtar Diop

The World Bank and Nest in Nairobi announced on Thursday, July 6, 2017 a call for applications for the Agritech Challenge 2017. The initiative is the first open innovation programme of its kind in Kenya. Its aim is to connect promising startups and innovators with one of the region’s leading agribusiness corporates. The challenge, which is sponsored by the World Bank, aims ...

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Kenya to introduce better treatment for people living with HIV

Lelio Marmora

To accelerate access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, the Government of Kenya and Unitaid on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 announced the introduction of a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, making Kenya the first African country to introduce the generic version of this new drug for routine use. Dolutegravir (DTG) has been the drug of choice for the ...

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World Giraffe Day: Saving the Masai giraffe in East Africa

global giraffe population

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) dedicated the year’s World Giraffe Day (observed on Wednesday, June 21, 2017) to saving Masai giraffe in Kenya and Tanzania. Giraffe have recently been listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa are said to have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years. “We estimate today that ...

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Italy funds solid waste feasibility study in Kenya’s Ngong town

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The Government of Italy is providing a soft loan to the Government of Kenya to improve solid waste management in Ngong town, a satellite urban centre of the capital city, Nairobi. The project will allow the introduction of sanitary landfill technology and resource recovery facilities at a new site in Ngong town that will replace the illegal dumpsite that is ...

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Kenya community refugee resettlement plan handed over to authorities

Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 invited ministers, Chief officers, directors and expert officers to discuss the content of the draft plan for Kalobeyei Refugee Resettlement in Kenya, including potential issues and development projects leading up to implementing the settlement development. Mr. Mark Ewoi Ewesit, Chief Officer from The Ministry of Lands, Shelter and ...

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Digitisation of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

Kenya farmer

A new case study by the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance shows how agriculture non-profit organisation, One Acre Fund, in partnership with Citi Inclusive Finance, successfully digitised loan repayments for farmers in Kenya. This move, it was gathered, significantly boosted transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholder farmers and their families. One Acre Fund, supported by Citi, enabled farmers ...

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FGM: Group carries out clitoral restorative surgeries in Kenya

Dr. Marci Bowers

From May 2 to May 13, the U.S.-based, non-profit organisation Clitoraid on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 launched a two-week humanitarian mission in Nairobi, Kenya, offering for the first time clitoral restorative surgery to victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). According to Clitoraid spokesperson, Nadine Gary, this new mission is part of the multiple actions planned during the month of May, ...

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