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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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Ghana, Kenya, Malawi selected for WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect ...

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Tobacco: Kenya court rejects BAT suit, upholds control regulations

Matthew Myers

Kenya’s Court of Appeal in Nairobi on Friday, February 17 2017 upheld the country’s 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations, affirming a lower court’s findings and rejecting legal challenges to the regulations from British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya. Activists have described the court’s decision as a resounding victory for public health and one that allows the government to move forward with implementing ...

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Worry in Ethiopia, Kenya as Lake Turkana water level falls

Lake Turkana

Water and Sanitation Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, according to the Human Rights Watch. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, Lake Turkana’s water levels have dropped by ...

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