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Delay in $ 260 M grant by World Bank to Kenya due to corruption allegations

The previously granted loan of $ 260 M to Kenya by the World Bank for HIV/AIDS education and banking reform programs seems to be in rough weather as it has been delayed due to some allegations pertaining to corruption prevalent there. // ..The corruption charges are against the Kenyan government, the SAPA/Mail & Guardian reports (SAPA/Mail & Guardian, 1/31). ..According to the Kenyan Ministry o...

Global Fund Demands Account from Kenya For $10 million

Its accounting time at the Global Fund Centre and Kenya has been asked to spell out, account of expenditure for the $10-million received// from the Global Fund’s intended 134 million. The fund was provided to Kenya to assist in combating Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, Kenya would have to provide the accounts of how the money was utilized, failing which it might stand to lose $100 million. K...

Birds of a Feather: Children, Activists and Bird Lovers Join To Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in Kenya

Kenya – Kenya Is all set to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Amid the Avian Flu onslaught and the fear of its spread, birds, especially wild migratory ones are being// looked upon with disdain. This time, children, artists, and environmentalists will add to the gaiety of the World Migratory Bird Day, to be held on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. A worthy effort to narrow the rift with the w...

Kenya to Launch Measles Vaccination Drive

Kenya's health authorities have declared that they will be launching a mass vaccination drive for Measles this week to curb infant and child deaths. This emergency vaccination// exercise will be set off in 16 districts and aims to protect nearly thousands of children who are between the ages of nine months and five years. ....Nearly 1,600 cases of measles have been reported from all over the co...

Kenyan Children at Risk of Measles

The sudden rise in the number of measles cases in Kenya have resulted in about one and a half million Kenyan children at a risk of contracting measles//. .... ....According to Dr. James Kisia, Kenya Red Cross’s Head of Health & Social Services the sudden upsurge of measles cases is mainly to be blamed on the poor immunization coverage, existing drought, and high rate of malnutrition among child...

Testtube Babies Born in Kenya

Doctors in Kenya are celebrating the birth of the nation’s first test tube babies, both girls, as a testament to medical breakthroughs// ..Both the mothers known only as Agnes and as Jane are overjoyed and are in good health as are their babies. Each had paid around 300,000 Kenyan shillings (£2,275) for the now rather commonplace in vitro fertilization procedure. ..The first test tube baby, Lou...

Brazil & Kenya Seek Support For A New Resolution At WHO’s Annual Mee

The World Health Assembly (WHO), begins its annual meeting on Monday with delegations from more than 190 countries will meet in Geneva from May 22nd to the 27th//. ....Brazil and Kenya have announced plans earlier this week to put pressure at the WHO assembly, for more funds to combat neglected diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Kenya and Brazil are planning to introduce a r...

Kenya's High Court Suspends Public Smoking Ban For 30 Days

Kenya's High Court has decided to suspend a ban on smoking in public places, which came into effect on Monday amid a lot of controversy//. The court ordered that the ban be suspended for 30 days after tobacco companies questioned the health minister's authority to order such a ban. ....The companies, notably British American Tobacco and Mastermind, said the ban was annpo8unced just seven days ag...

Kenyan Women Six Times More Likely To Be HIV Positive Than Kenyan Men

A United Nations report released on Thursday said that Kenyan women who were almost always sexually abused were six times //more likely to become infected with HIV/AIDS than their male counterparts. ....But the Kenyan government says that the country's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has decreased from 14 percent in 2000 to 7 percent in 2004, adding that its anti-HIV programs like advocating abstinence...

Kala-azar Outbreak In Kenya

Six children from Isiolo District in Northern Kenya have died at Wajir district hospital in the past month from Kala azar, a tropical infection caused by protozoa// of the genus Leishmania, which are spread by sand flies. ....It spreads to people through the bite of the sand fly carrying the parasite, Leishmania donovani. The parasite then multiplies in the victim’s body, invading the immune s...

RVF Outbreak Kills 148 in Kenya

Fifty-three more people have died in Kenya in the last week after an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, bringing the death toll to 148, a government spokesman said on Thursday//. ....The contagious disease, which first hit parts of Kenya's Northeastern and Coast provinces in mid-December, has now spread to the east African country's central, eastern and Rift Valley provinces. ....Kenya has recorded...

Decrease in AIDS prevalence rate in Kenya

Health officials reported a slight drop in the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Kenya from 6.1% in 2005 to 5.9% this year. // ....The National AIDS Control Council of Kenya (NACC) released the latest data, according to which, the HIV prevalence rate in urban areas is 9.6 % whereas in rural areas it is 4.6%...A variety of programs like Voluntary Testing and Counseling (VCT) and projects preventing preg...

Bird flu Alert in Kenya after Outbreak in Southern Sudan

With the recent outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in southern Sudan Kenyan authorities have issued an alert//. ..Nicholas Muraguri, the ministry of health's head of promotive services said teams of health workers and veterinarians have been subsequently carrying out tests on people and poultry especially in Turkana and Lokichoggio districts bordering southern Sudan. ..Muraguli said, "A...

Polio Back in Kenya: WHO

Polio has resurfaced in Kenya after a gap of 22 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported.// ....The infection was found in a three-year-old Somali child at Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya. It is linked to a strain found in Somalia, which had reported outbreak of polio cases in 2005, according to the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina. ....WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said the su...

Double Knee replacement for a Kenyan in Chennai

Orthopaedic surgery in Chennai attracted a visitor from the Safari country of Kenya. A 68 year old grandfather with advanced osteoarthritis of both knees underwent bilateral// knee replacements here in a city hospital. ..DR.A.K.Venkatachalam, a renowned Orthopedic surgeon remarked that this was the first time that a Kenyan citizen had visited this Chennai hospital for bilateral knee replacements...

'Father' of Aids Orphans in Kenya Dies

Fr Angelo D'Agostino SJ, a Jesuit priest, well-known for his care and protection of Aids orphans//in Kenya passed away on Monday at the age of 80. ....He was the MD, founder and medical director of Nyumbani Children's Home, a centre for abandoned HIV-positive children. ..Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko AJ of People for Peace in Africa, paid the following tribute to Fr Angelo D'Agostino SJ ..He said, "Fathe...

Kenya Resolves to Fight Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, a highly communicable disease, has turned out to be a curse on Kenya, ranked 10th among the most 'Tuberculosis' affected nations in the world. It is estimated //that nearly 300 Kenyans die each day due to the disease. .. ..This has raised the concern of Kenyan doctors and activists, who have now impressed upon the government to publicly label tuberculosis as a national debacle and f...

RVF Kills 14 in Kenya

An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a rare contagious hemorrhagic fever that usually affects only cattle, has killed 14 people in northeastern Kenya// and southern Somalia - Health Officials said. ..Medical experts have confirmed yesterday that RVF, which produces symptoms including bleeding through the nose and mouth, was the cause of the recent deaths. .."The dead are mainly livestock h...

Experts Warn Against Raw Milk Following Rift Valley Fever Outbreak in Kenya

As concern grows regarding the outbreak of the deadly Rift valley Fever (RVF) in neighboring Kenya, experts here have warned against consumption of raw milk. // ....This is however despite reports that Tanzanian, even borderline areas, is safe from the viral livestock disease. ....Consumption of raw milk being peddled door-to-door in Arusha by hawkers from Arumeru has been described to be dan...

Canada Funds State-of-art Infectious Disease Lab in Kenya

Health Minister Tony Clement cut a ribbon to open an ultra-modern, $4 million infectious disease laboratory in Nairobi on Friday, almost all of which was paid// for by the Canadian government. ....The money is well spent, said Clement during the ribbon-cutting. He served as Ontario's health minister during the province's SARS crisis in 2003. ...."Things can be tested here, research can be done h...

Kenya: Alert As Virus Leaps Over Buffer Zone

The virus causing Rift Valley Fever has outmanoeuvred local and international experts, vaulting over a buffer between North Eastern and Coast provinces to land// in Maragua, Central province, for the first time. This has created fear that the killer bug could be headed for Nairobi. ..The buffer was created by the ministry of Livestock Development, with help from World Health Organisation (WHO) a...

Kenya, Surrounding Region Lack Capacity To Handle XDR-TB, Experts Say

Kenya and its surrounding region lack the capacity to handle extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, if the disease spreads to the region. //The TB virus is said to be resistant to two most potent first-line treatments and some of the available second-line drugs, according to some Kenyan medical experts. ....Treating a case of nondrug-resistant TB requires roughly $400, compared with $18,000 t...

MDR-TB Spreading in Slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Health Workers Say

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is spreading in the slums of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, some health workers have said recently, IRIN News reports. // ....According to a 2004 report by the Kenya Medical Research Institute, about 70% of Nairobi's population lives in slums, and a large proportion of HIV-positive people who also have TB reside in slums. ....Liesbet Ohler, a TB coordinator for Me...

Improper Abortions- Kenyan Teenagers At Risk

According to hospital research, almost 50 percent of Kenya’s gynecological emergencies compromise// complications arising out of abortions done the wrong, often dangerous way. ..The research, which was carried out by Kakamega Provincial General Hospital in western Kenya, also observed that the sufferers were teenagers aged about 17. .. The study, which appeared in the East African Medical Journ...

Kenya to Implement National Food and Nutrition Policy

A team from the Friedman School and the government of Kenya has jointly agreed to build strategies for implementing Kenya’s National Food and Nutrition// Policy. The Friedman team, led by Gary Gleason, PhD, associate professor at the Friedman School, is assisting the Kenyan government with translating the policy document into a strategic, actionable plan. The scope of the plan ranges from agricul...

Bio-latrine Cleans Up Kenyan Slum and the Environment

Doreen Kutilo never thought a toilet could save her so much time and money. But after a bio-latrine was built around the corner from her shack in Kibera, Africa's largest slum, she realized it could. ......With the help of an NGO, residents of Kibera installed the latrine that uses human waste to produce gas to burn to heat up water that can be purchased by slum dwellers. ......"At first I tho...

World Bank Loans Kenya 80 Million Dollars to Boost War on AIDS

The World Bank has approved a loan of 80 million dollars (60 million euros) to boost Kenya's efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, which poses a major challenge in the country, an official statement said Wednesday. ......The funds will be used to strengthen the National AIDS Control Council (NACC), the country's frontline agency in fighting the deadly disease that has killed at least 1.5 million people si...

Kenya Says HIV/AIDS Rate Drops to 5.9 Percent

The Kenyan governmment said Tuesday the rate of HIV/AIDS infections had dropped 5.9 percent, but the disease still posed a a major challenge in the country. ......The state-run National Aids Control Council (NACC) said the rate fell from 6.1 percent in 2004 to the current 5.9 percent of the country's nearly 35 million people. ......"Of notable significance is the decline in new infections fro...

Kenyan Capital Bans Smoking in Public

Authorities in the Kenyan capital began enforcing a ban on smoking in public places on Wednesday as Nairobi became the latest world capital to reject its harmful effects . ......Smoking has been outlawed in restaurants, bars, offices, public buildings, markets, malls and theatres a year after the Kenyan High Court blocked the measure. ......Offenders face fines of up to 3,000 shillings (45 doll...

"Alarming" Malnutrition Among Kenya Refugees: UN Agencies

Three United Nations agencies on Tuesday launched an appeal for 32 million dollars (23.5 million euros) to help combat "alarming levels" of malnutrition amongst Somali and Sudanese refugees based in camps in Kenya. ......The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that as of mid-2006, the acute malnutrition rate stood at 22....
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