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15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JONATHAN KAMOGA

A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

20 Jun 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By MANASE OTSIALO

In Summary

  • According to Mr Sheikh, the blood samples sent to Kemri last week were taken from patients who complaint of joint pains, had fever and showed signs of bleeding.

  • Results from the research agency based in Nairobi are expected back on Friday.

Mandera County government has sent five human blood samples to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for testing of a range of diseases.

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Moyale district in Ethiopia continues to experience armed skirmishes that are causing refugees to fear for their safety. Kenya must not push refugees back by making life difficult for them in Kenya. The risk of serious human rights violations in Ethiopia is still very real.

By VICTOR NYAMORI

Ayantu, a 53-year-old mother of seven, had just finished preparing lunch for her children when military personnel surrounded her village.

10 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By ELIZABETH MERAB

Kenya is on a high alert following an Ebola outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the ministry will be conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and Busia and Malaba along Kenya's border with Uganda.

“In these places, we have installed thermal guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures,” said Ms Kariuki.

04 May 2018 description
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Kenya will not be certified polio-free this year as planned as live viruses have been found in sewage samples collected from Nairobi.

The Ministry of Health was notified by Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) of isolation of polio virus type 2 from an environmental sample collected on March 21 from one of the sites in Eastleigh, Kamukunji Sub-county.

“Genetic sequencing of the isolate in CDC Atlanta laboratories subsequently confirmed it is circulating vaccine-derived polio type 2(CVDPV2).” the ministry said in a statement.

28 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Tel Aviv says it has dropped its months-long plans to expel thousands of migrants who cross into the country through Egypt’s Sinai desert.
  • The move is said to have been taken after Uganda, which had indicated a willingness to take in 500 of them, “took too long” in acceding to Tel Aviv’s request.
  • Zambia and two other African countries are on Israel’s radar in its new plan for voluntary deportations.

By ALLAN OLINGO

01 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Five countries hosting Somali refugees asked to speed up legislation to allow free movement, education and employment for the refugees.
- Despite efforts by the Somalia government to create a conducive environment for voluntary return supported by the international donors, the security situation has not improved forcing these countries to accommodate considerable number of returnees.

By Fred Oluoch

26 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Yemen — home to about 900,000 Somali refugees — are still struggling to ease movement of refugees, integrate them into national development programmes and give them access to services and jobs.

This is mainly because international partners that support the Nairobi Action Plan created in March last year, are constrained by funding other programmes elsewhere, among them security and environmental degradation.

24 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- In 2013, Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company introduced a water distribution plan, the delegated management model (DMM), targeting low income earners.
- The model has improved the affordability and quality of water for slum dwellers in Kisumu while reducing losses from unaccounted-for water.
- Under DMM, the water utility firm is tasked with delivering cheaper, better quality water to previously unserved areas.

By Allan Olingo

04 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Researchers have found intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Desmodium and Brachiaria grass are high quality animal fodder plants.

19 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours.

  • This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall armyworm manifest in the country’s staple.

  • Kenyan traders have taken advantage of the low prices in Uganda’s Tororo, Gulu, Masindi and Lira regions to ship in the produce, buying a tonne for as low as $180 per tonne.

By ALLAN OLINGO

23 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.

The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.

03 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Aden Abdiraman Warsama, a Somali refugee who has been living at the Dadaab camp in Garissa County in northeastern Kenya since 2008, is optimistic about returning home.

We met him on December 19 at the county airstrip with his wife and three children waiting to be flown to the port city of Kismayu under a voluntary repatriation programme.

The media had accompanied the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi to the Dadaab refugee complex. Mr Warsama was among some 20 families and 80 individuals being airlifted to Somalia.

31 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Health Ministry in 2015 launched an advocacy campaign, offering a cash reward of $990 to anyone who could find indigenous Guinea-worm infestation within Kenya.

Kenya has been declared free of Guinea-worm disease, after a comprehensive evaluation by international experts.

The International Certification Team (ICT) found no evidence of transmission of the disease in the past three years.

01 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By The EastAfrican

Kenya is on high alert following a suspected case of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in the western Trans Nzoia County, which borders Uganda.

This is after a Ugandan national with symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever visited a herbalist in a village in Kaisagat location, Kwanza Constituency, seeking medical assistance.

County health officials said samples from the Ugandan have been taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for analysis with results expected on Wednesday morning.

31 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • County Director of Health noted that the patients had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Health officials had identified the cause of the disease as contaminated water.

Two people have died and more than ten others hospitalised following a cholera outbreak in Embu County, in central Kenya.

The County Director of Health Stephen Kaniaru on Monday said the two died while receiving treatment.

He noted that the patients had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

05 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

At least 30 people have died of malaria in Kenya's Marsabit and Baringo counties in the past week.

Seventeen of them — mostly adults below 40 years and children — were from four wards, Dukana, North Horr, Illeret and Loiyangalani, in the northern Marsabit county, while 13 were from Tiaty in Baringo in the Rift Valley.

In Baringo, four more people died at the Chemolingot sub-county hospital in Tiaty constituency Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the disease to 13 in the past week.

05 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

by Njiraini Muchira

Kenya is offering maize farmers driers in order to stem post-harvest losses and help to feed at least 3.4 million people facing hunger.

Maize farmers have been at loggerheads with the government over prices and the decision to extend a maize subsidy programme that was set to expire at the end of September to December.

Under the programme, the government is importing maize owing to a serious shortage, and selling it to millers at subsidised prices to enable them to sell a two kilogramme packet of flour at Ksh90 ($0.90).