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Kenya begins to nationally vaccinate girls with Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Kenya has Friday launched the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into the country’s routine immunisation programme. Around 800,000 girls across Kenya will be protected against cervical cancer annually, Sicily Karuiki Cabinet Secretary for Health announced. The vaccines, provided through support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will aim to reach all girls aged 10 in two doses administered six

ECHO study finds high rates of HIV and STIs among young women in 4 African countries

Henry Opondo New evidence from eSwatini, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia presented at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico show high rates of HIV incidence overall among young women in these countries. The highly-publicized Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) trial, which just a few weeks ago finally

Sustainable food and agriculture: IITA Youth Agripreneur program wins the 2019 International innovation award

The youth program of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has won the 2019 International Innovation Award for sustainable food and Agriculture. The award is in recognition of IITA’s commitment to improving both agribusiness opportunities and creditworthiness of youth across Africa. The award which is the first of its kind and funded by the Government

Project ECHO to Tackle Africa’s Health Challenges spreads

A new collaborative learning and practice platform dedicated to improving health care delivery in Africa is mobilizing powerful new multi-country partnerships and equipping frontline health workers to better combat devastating diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, cancer, cholera, and Ebola. On February 18-19, Project ECHO will conduct an immersion workshop training in Johannesburg, South Africa, for around

Southern Africa records lowest new TB cases

By Henry Opondo Southern Africa is a region that has witnessed the highest annual declines in new cases of tuberculosis, a new WHO’s 2018 Global TB Report, released in New York Tuesday shows. Countries such as Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are experiencing reduction rates that range between 4-8%, thanks to better

SADC Heads commit to ending malaria by 2030

Sixteen Heads of State across southern African countries are stepping up commitments to eliminate the malaria disease by 2030. Meeting at the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Heads of State signed the “Windhoek Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in the SADC Region” that

UNICEF, UNAIDS launch report on ending adolescent AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched a report titled All In, in Eastern and Southern Africa: Catalysing the HIV response for adolescents. Launched at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the report demonstrates progress made on adolescent HIV programming in the Eastern and Southern

Imperial College London, MIT launch search for African research collaborators

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research, with a regional focus on Africa. Consequently, the two are also searching for collaborating institutions in Africa to drive innovation from across the continent. With this seed fund, researchers and educators at Imperial and MIT aim to

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