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Lancet Series reveals Africa’s undoing

Under investment in early childhood development could be the reason for Africa’s under development, the latest new Lancet series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale released Tuesday. The Series reveals that early childhood development interventions that promote nurturing care—health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, and early learning—may cost as little as 50

KEMRI to roll out research on Jigger menace in Busia County

By Cheki Abuje The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Alupe will conduct scientific research on the jigger menace in Busia County to ascertain why it had remained resistant even after hygiene solutions have been found. KEMRI chairperson Dr Lilian Apadet said the institution will invest Sh224m set aside for the research to unravel the mystery

Kenya gets Euros 4 billion for Western region ecosystem rehabilitation

By Cheki Abuje The Kenyan government has received more than 3.5 billion Euros grant from the European Union towards the rehabilitation of Ecosystems in the western region. The money will be channeled through the Kenya water towers program within the ministry of environment, water and natural resources. The project will cover 11 counties across the

CIMMYT to lead platform to modernize crop, livestock breeding for the developing world

BY Erick Akasa CGIAR and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have jointly announced the launch of an alliance to accelerate crop improvement targeted at the developing world. According to Marianne Bänziger, CIMMYT’s deputy director general for research and partnerships and convener of the Initiative, recent advances in genomics, breeding and information technologies

The World takes stand against ageism

By Brian Opondo On the International Day of Older Persons Older, activists from more than 45 countries across the world will join the United Nation’s call for “a stand against ageism”—said by the World Health Organisation to negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health. “In Ethiopia, people say we don’t have any value. I

How bodies use HIV funds

Most of the non-governmental organizations that specialize in HIV/AIDS and health management cannot account for most funds allocated to them. Most of the funds are spent on unnecessary conferences and per diems, corruption monitoring agencies say. According to Transparency International (TI) Kenyan chapter and the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, the organizations only account for

East African nations race to become region’s first oil exporter

Significant onshore oil discoveries in Uganda and Kenya and offshore gas discoveries in Tanzania and Mozambique have made East Africa a subject of intense interest among the global energy industry. The speed at which governments in East Africa are developing hydrocarbon reserves is a clear indication of their will to cement the region’s reputation as

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