Health in Kenya

  • Gasping for breath: pneumonia's deadly toll among the hungry children of Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/11/04 The baby lying under a red printed blanket is gasping for air. Her tiny chest is convulsed with the effort of drawing oxygen into her lungs and,as her mother looks on helplessly, her pupils roll back under half-closed eyelids. Sumea, six months old, from Lodwar, Kenya, is suffering from the disease parents here fear the majority: pneumonia. Without treatment, she could be dead in a day or two. In Kenya, one of the worst nations affected by the disease, it claimed the lives of 22,473 people in 2015, almost all under the age of two. But Sumea, the daughter of a businessman, is one of the lucky ones. Her mother, Fatuma Abdi, brought her to hospital at the same time as she began breathing very rapidly, a telltale sign that pneumonia has become life-threatening. In Turkana, a rural county where awareness of the symptoms is poor, her mother’s quick thinking helped save her. Only half of children in sub-Saharan Africa with such symptoms are brought to a healthcare facility.
  • Healthcare Property holds benefits for Africa

    CANADA, 2017/08/20 As Africa tries to build up a listed real estate industry, healthcare real estate investment trust (REITs) become additional attractive on the continent. They would formalise an industry with much potential, advises Ortneil Kutama, Africa Property News Media Director. “REITs are well structured and provide investors with tax benefits and regular gain in theory as long as they make consistent profits,” Kutama said. Nations like South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria, which have growing populations, improving hospitals and healthcare industries, could gain capital boost. If the hospitals in these nations were listed, investors could bring that major capital boost.
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Johnson & Johnson Launches New East Africa Regional Operations in Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/03/12 Working with local healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Johnson & Johnson strengthens its operations to continue addressing the health issues that matter most to the people of Kenya Following the opening of its West Africa office in Ghana before this week, Johnson & Johnson today announced the further expansion of its operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. The company’s new presence will bring together multiple teams representing Johnson & Johnson consumer, medical device, pharmaceutical, world public health (GPH) and world community impact (GCI) organizations to deliver an integrated approach to improving health outcomes in the region.
  • Johnson & Johnson Launches New East Africa Regional Operations in Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/03/12 Working with local healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Johnson & Johnson strengthens its operations to continue addressing the health issues that matter most to the people of Kenya Following the opening of its West Africa office in Ghana before this week, Johnson & Johnson today announced the further expansion of its operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. The company’s new presence will bring together multiple teams representing Johnson & Johnson consumer, medical device, pharmaceutical, world public health (GPH) and world community impact (GCI) organizations to deliver an integrated approach to improving health outcomes in the region.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Children Who Died After Measles Vaccine Were Injected By a Cleaner, Kenya

    KENYA, 2015/09/13 The two children who died in Kerio Valley in Elgeyo-Marakwet on Monday next a measles vaccine, were injected by a cleaner, the government said Wednesday. Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri said the cleaner has worked at the Kapetwa Health Centre for additional than eight years, and "it seems he has treated patients before". Dr Muraguri told Country: "We understand he was employed by the local community and we are investigating who authorised him to administer the vaccine. The man has been arrested."
  • Merck ,Partnership with University of Nairobi and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association ,Infertile Women in Africa

    KENYA, 2015/07/23 Merck (http://www.merckgroup.com) in collaboration with Kenya Women Parliamentary Association and University of Nairobi has successfully kicked off “Additional than a Mother” Campaign as part of Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Program. “Merck Additional Than A Mother Campaign will not only provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners but will as well support governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatization and social suffering of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building part couples”. Explained by Rasha Kelej , Vice president and chief of World Business Social Responsibility and Market Development. Through this campaign Merck will address together with local stakeholders, the key challenges that are associated with resource-constrained settings such as prevention of Infertility, education & self-development, ART/IVF regulation, geographic barriers, reproductive rights and over-people and limited resources arguments.