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Sub-Saharan Africa:  Child deaths on the rise amidst slowing preventive progress –UN report

A baby born in sub-Saharan Africa or in Southern Asia was nine times more likely to die in the first month than a baby born in a high-income country. Yet progress to saving newborns has not been slower than for other children under five years of age since 1990. In 2017, half of all deaths

New 2018 cancer figures shed spotlight on Tobacco-Cancer burden link

By Henry Opondo The latest rising figures of new cancer cases by the the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on Wednesday spotlight the link between tobacco usage and the disease that continues to kill millions of people worldwide. According to the figures, lung cancer, variously associated with tobacco use, ranks as the leading

Universities need public and private support to excel in research, Don advises

Universities need adequate support from both the public and private sector to overcome the challenges that come with industrialization and commercialization of suitable research outputs. Prof. Victoria Ngumi, the Vice Chancellor, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) said  the desire by universities to to increase the use of its research outputs and

Improved access to care not sufficient to improve health, as epidemic of poor quality care revealed

Insufficient access to care could hinder dividends of improved quality care in resource-poor societies, new findings from a new analysis published in The Lancet, as part of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems – a two-year project reveals. For example, according to the analysis, over 123,000 people die every year in Nigeria due to poor quality

Water pumps – a much-needed solution for municipalities

Several countries across Africa face ongoing power delivery challenges, with municipalities struggling to meet the demands of citizens and businesses, and load shedding which has again become a harsh reality, particularly in South Africa. A solution to these challenges will require the involvement of numerous stakeholders, but one power-saving solution has the potential to deliver

Urbanising Kenya urged to innovate  

By Adlyne Wangusi   Although Kenya is set to be 50% urbanised by 2030, none of the existing urban centres has an established comprehensive single functional telephone line for rapid response to emergencies. This means a majority of Kenyans are exposed to vagaries of emergencies According to the Institute of Economic Affairs, the lack of such

Africa’s agricultural progress: Political support more crucial than seeds, weather and soil, says new Report

Lack of political will by government leaders more than farm inputs continue to stem Africa’s agricultural development and its contribution to spark widespread economic growth across the continent, a major new study released today by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The report, “Catalyzing State Capacity to Drive Agricultural Transformation,” is the most

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