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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.

31 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The RDMCOE was established in 2005 as a regional vehicle to propagate disaster preparedness, early warning, and response and recovery initiatives for communities affected by natural or man-made disasters including conflicts.

The director, Regional Disaster Management Centre of Excellence Shem Amadi spoke to Peter Musa on reasons for conflicts in Africa and how African states can overcome internal strife.

22 Sep 2017 description
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African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.

A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

31 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Kenya will have to wait to reduce the number of refugees it hosts as its voluntary repatriation and closure of camps plan has run into challenges.

Lack of resources, insecurity in Somalia and opposition by human rights groups have forced Kenya to hold its horses.

In July, for example, only 3,248 refugees — out of 241,355 —took advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme. A total of 28,924 refugees have returned to Somalia this year.

04 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- According to Dr Karine Lacombe, an associate professor at Saint-Antrine Hospital, Inserm, France, preliminary results from a trial study by the French National Agency for Research on Aids and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) show that direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) against hepatitis C can be effective in such countries.
- Researchers at ANRS conducted the first trial designed to assess the efficacy and safety of the new hepatitis treatment in sub-Saharan countries.

22 Dec 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • The new “test and offer to treat” approach will ensure that people living with HIV can benefit from early treatment.

  • With its “treat-all” recommendation, WHO removed all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV. All populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment.

  • To meet the new guidelines, the governments have launched a new digital application called “the situation room” to better co-ordinate response efforts.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

13 Sep 2015 description
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By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Food insecurity ranges from famine to periodic hunger to uncertain food supply. Hunger has been a major constraint on the region’s long-term economic, social and political development.

  • According to FAO, East Africa is facing a high level of land degradation.

20 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By MOSES K GAHIGI

IN SUMMARY

East Africa's rural poor remain underserved in terms of primary and secondary health care services despite continuous investment in the sector.

Besides national budget allocations, the health sector in East Africa has received extensive funding in form of aid and direct support from multinational development partners. Despite this, however, the region is still grappling with universal health service delivery deficits especially in the rural areas.

29 Apr 2015 description
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By DAVID NJAGI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • An ongoing study shows that new stem borer species are colonising maize farms in the region, and could cost farmers about 88 per cent in crop losses.

  • The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.

Maize farmers in East Africa have been warned of a looming stem borer infestation weeks after the onset of the long rains.

17 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • Only Rwanda is on track to reach Millennium Development Goal 4, which calls for reducing the 1990 mortality rate of children under five by two -thirds.

The East African Community has launched an integrated maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health strategy to deliver improved reproductive, maternal and child health in the five member countries.

12 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI,

Posted Saturday, March 7 2015 at 16:55

IN SUMMARY

  • OST is a medical procedure in which an illegal substance such as heroin is replaced with a longer acting but less euphoric one.

  • The report estimates that the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs among the countries that were studied is 33.9 per cent in Tanzania, 16.7 per cent in Uganda, 18.3 per cent in Kenya and 9.1 per cent in Senegal.

14 Feb 2015 description
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By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.

•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.

14 Feb 2015 description
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By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•They are the baobab, groundnuts, white sapota, custard apple, marula, African eggplant, drum stick, lablab beans, finger millet and the common bean.

•They are among some 100 crop species identified as orphaned by African countries, and in need of improvement.

•Orphan crops/tree species are those that have been neglected by researchers and the industry in general because they are not economically important on the global market.

31 Dec 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

  • EBOLA: Kenya sent a team of 15 doctors, Uganda 14, Rwanda 7 and Tanzania 5. In terms of health workers, Kenya will deploy nearly 300, Burundi 250, Uganda 21 and Rwanda 7.

  • TB: In East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania face the highest disease burden. In 2013, Kenya recorded the highest number of new cases at 89,796, followed by Tanzania with 65,732 and third Uganda with 47,650.

27 Oct 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

17 May 2014 description
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By HALIMA ABDALLAH Special Correspondent

Eighteen-year-old Nicolas Lokeri’s smile belies his dilemma: To abstain or not? For how long?

“Maybe after school,” he says.

Having sex is trickier: He has HIV/Aids but is hesitant to reveal his status, fearing stigma and discrimination.

Lokeri (not his real name) was born with HIV but only learnt about his status in 2009.

He is not alone. Seventeen-year-old Rita Arinaitwe (not her real name) is equally struggling.