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The new business debate: cloud vs security

By Francis Wainaina    The 2020 has been a year that will forever mark a dramatic spike in global corporate cloud adoption. Connecting employees to the Cloud has been necessary to support and enable a remote working environment. According to a survey by Snow Software, 82% of IT leaders have increased their cloud usage this

FIND, CROWN Agents to improve testing for elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in Kenya

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and Crown Agents announced today a new partnership to strengthen visceral leishmaniasis (VL) testing and address current VL outbreaks in Kenya, as part of ASCEND, a UK government initiative to defeat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND (Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs) is designed to advance

GAVI COVAX AMC: African countries qualify for COVID-19 vaccines

By Herman Opondo     Thanks to the through Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), almost all the African countries now qualify to access COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement from The GAVI Board yesterday, the arrangement will also cover at least part of the cost. This means that, even if separate bilateral deals with vaccine manufacturers

COVID-19 puts progress on vaccine coverage under pressure

Cconcerns over COVID-19 pandemic could reverse gains in vaccination achieved over the last year when basic coverage increased in both lower- and fragile countries, according to a new Gavi analysis of the WHO/UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC). Roughly 65 million children in the world’s poorest countries received basic diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3)

COVID-19: EU to support Kenya track her long-distance drivers digitally

By Checky Abuje,     The European Union on Thursday offered to support Kenya fast track results of the COVID-19 testing for the long-distance truck drivers in Busia and Malaba border points. Currently, it is taking longer than is comfortable for these drivers to get their COVID-19 results at the border points connecting Kenya

Farmers need seeds they can trust

By Joshua Masinde Seed companies play a crucial role in delivering improved seed varieties to smallholder farmers. Masindi Seed Company Limited, located in Uganda’s mid-western region, is one such enterprise.   It traces its beginnings back to the Masindi District Farmers Association (MADFA) more than a decade ago. At the time, the association, which was

The GEO-LDN Initiative launches a competition to design a land use planning software

An international technology competition to design software that can support well-informed land-use decisions is launched today by the Group on Earth Observation Land Degradation Neutrality (GEO-LDN) Initiative. As reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, up to 70% of the Earth’s ice-free land has already been transformed from its natural state, mainly to meet the