Tag Archives: COVID-19

Answering the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance

Answering the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance

Pascale Ondoa and Yewande Alimi   Staphylococcus aureus is the source of a skin infection that can turn deadly if drug resistant. Estimates regarding the most common resistant variation, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), exceed 100,000 deaths globally in 2019. But up until recently, we did not have a solid grasp on how much of a

Kenyan Farmers ripping big from small-scale agricultural irrigation-cum-value addition project

By Joseph Abuje, Charles Njeru and Henry Neondo   With the outbreak of coronavirus in March of 2020, the agricultural sector got badly hit. The agricultural sector provides a livelihood for about 80 per cent of Kenya’s population, most of whom are subsistence farmers in rural areas. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the sector contributes about

Africa records lowest COVID-19 deaths this year

An 83% surge in new COVID-19 cases during the past week in Africa, driven by the Delta and the Omicron variants, is causing fewer deaths than previous surges—but more waves could be building as updated forecasts warn that the continent may not reach 70% vaccine coverage until August 2024, a new World Health Organization (WHO)

Field Intelligence expands into eleven new cities across East and West Africa

Field Intelligence, the health tech startup that is digitising the supply chain and transforming access to essential, life-saving medicine, has on Wednesday announced its expansion into Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Delta and Kwara States in Nigeria, and Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and Naivasha in Kenya. Independent and franchise pharmacies can access 1000 unique products, inventory

African Climate CSOs urge the West to go slow on debt servicing

By Henry Neondo African civil society groups advocating for just and fair climate regimes for the African peoples have urged the west to go slow on their demand on governments in Africa to service their debt at a time when the continent is faced with the twin impacts of COVID-19 and Climate change. Harsen Nyambe, African Union Commission,

COVAX and World Bank to accelerate vaccine access for developing countries 

COVAX and the World Bank will accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply for developing countries through a new financing mechanism that builds on Gavi’s newly designed AMC cost-sharing arrangement. This allows AMC countries to purchase doses beyond the fully donor-subsidized doses they are already receiving from COVAX. COVAX will now be able to make advance purchases from

President Kenyatta launches Youth Army To fight Malaria in Kenya

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Thursday launched the Kenya Malaria Youth Army, a social movement that brings together young people from all the 47 counties of Kenya to champion malaria control and elimination in the country.  The Kenya Malaria Youth Army will support advocacy, communication, innovation, and community efforts geared towards ending malaria, improving maternal and

Organic farming comes to rescue rural farmers in Kenya from COVID-19 impacts

By Gitonga Njeru   John Mukumo Mwenda 45 is an organic farmer based in Eastern Kenya in his 45 acre farm in Tharaka Nithi County.  His farm is located 187 Kilometres or three and a half hours drive from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. “I grow different crops on my farm but it entirely depends on