HOPE Consortium, Astral Aviation partner to enhance vaccine distribution solutions in Africa

KENYA – The HOPE Consortium has partnered with Kenya-based cargo airline, Astral Aviation, to offer vaccine distribution solutions to Africa. The partnership highlights the HOPE Consortium’s efforts in reinforcing partnerships that focus on fighting the COVID-19 global pandemic, as well as fulfilling the organisation’s mission as a global logistics facilitator, by aiding in vaccine delivery. As part of the agreement, both entities will focus on intra-African cooperation to enhance vaccine distribution within the African continent. The HOPE Consortium will utilise Astral Aviation’s comprehensive network, technologies, and market expertise, to support…

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Cuban government throw its weight behind Kenya’s research and pharmaceutical fields

KENYA – Kenya and Cuba have pledged to enhance bilateral relations in the field of research, vaccines and pharmaceutical products as the former moves to implement further reforms in the health sector. In a meeting with Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday, outgoing Cuba’s ambassador to Kenya, Ernesto Gómez Díaz said his country remains committed to provide technical support to Kenya as demonstrated by the presence of specialist Cuban doctors in the country who are part of a medical exchange programme between the two nations. “We already have 53…

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Surge in kidney ailments increases NHIF payment for renal dialysis

KENYA- Cost for covering renal dialysis has more than tripled over the last four years, as NHIF paid a whooping Ksh. 3.8 billion to cover dialysis expenses, indicating the growth in kidney disease burden among Kenyan citizens. The national social health insurer remitted 3.844 billion shillings 295,563 claims for patients who underwent renal dialysis procedures between June 2017 and June 2021 as soaring cases of chronic kidney diseases continue to burden the fund. This represented a 208 percent increase from the Ksh. 1.247 billion the NHIF paid for hemodialysis in…

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KUTRRH launches Brachytherapy treatment for Cancer patients

KENYA – As a center of excellence in cancer care, Kenyatta University Hospital (KUTRRH), a Kenyan National Referral Hospital with a 650-bed capacity equipped with state-of-art medical amenities, has attained yet another milestone by the launching of the brachytherapy treatment for cancer patients. Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation, is a form of radiotherapy treatment where the source of radiation is placed on or inside the diseased area.  KUTRRH has installed one of the latest model equipment funded by the Central Government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) as part…

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Kenya to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines starting next year

KENYA – Kenya will next year start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines locally in collaboration with unnamed pharmaceutical firms in a move aimed at easing supply hitches that have derailed mass inoculation. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe revealed in an internal vaccination blue print that the country has started the process of building a filling plant for the Covid-19 vaccines. A full-fledged vaccine manufacturing plant will be built by 2024, said Mr Kagwe. A fill and finish facility helps third parties put the vaccine from the main manufacturers into vials or syringes,…

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Avenue, Metropolitan, Nairobi Women’s Hospitals managing fund to stretch market share in Kenya

KENYA – US private equity group, TPG-backed, Evercare health care fund, which took over the management of over 5 Kenyan hospitals and clinics previously managed by scandal-hit Dubai-based fund Abraaj, plans to expand its presence in its five key markets including Kenya. The firm’s chief executive Massimiliano Colella said it would add more clinics and diagnostic centres citing huge demand for the health care services. He did not divulge the number of new clinics to be added in Kenya and the specific timelines for the expansion. The aim is to…

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MP Shah puts up new oxygen plant, second one since the year started

KENYA – In recent weeks, Kenya has been experiencing acute Oxygen shortage across many healthcare facilities across the country. This has put the lives of patients with chronic health conditions and those in ICU in greater danger.  This highlights the crucial importance of access to medical oxygen for treatment. Guided by its vision of providing quality healthcare services, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic, M.P. Shah Hospital today launched a 500-litre per minute plant set to manufacture its own oxygen plant. This commissioning comes even after many hospitals in Kenya…

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KeNIA, Villgro unveil innovation programme aimed at fostering healthcare services

KENYA – The Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) and Villgro Africa have launched the Kenya Healthcare Innovation Programme which opens opportunity for all with the potential to improve optimal health outcomes or make healthcare more to present their ideas. Villgro, formerly known as Rural Innovations Network, is among India’s oldest social enterprise incubators with well-established roots in Kenya since 2017. Villgro funds, mentors and incubates early-stage, innovation-based social enterprises that impact communities. The program by KeNIA will award participants with the best solutions with cash prizes and access to other…

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Kenya ramps up Covid-19 vaccination campaign as more doses arrive

KENYA – Kenya has received a second shipment of 880,320 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine as the country makes gradual progress in its vaccination campaign. Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while receiving the consignment, Health chief administrative secretary Dr. Rashid Aman who was representing Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said the donation from the US government will go a long way in supporting the ongoing vaccination drive that target to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by the end of the year. “You will recall that a fortnight…

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Experts call for reduced use of antimicrobial drugs in global food systems

KENYA – The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance has called upon all countries to significantly reduce the levels of antimicrobial drugs used in global food systems. This includes stopping the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs to promote growth in healthy animals and using antimicrobial drugs more responsibly overall. The call comes ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit which takes place in New York on 23 September 2021 where countries will discuss ways to transform global food systems. The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance includes heads of…

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