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The Trend is Reversing: UNAIDS Global AIDS Report, 2010
Posted in General, HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming, Human Rights, RH by Patricia Odero on December 30th, 2010

“We know that there are solutions. We know that there is political and societal will to bring change. The real challenge is following through. This new fourth decade of the epidemic should be one of moving towards efficient, focused and scaled-up programmes to accelerate progress for Results. Results. Results”. These are concluding words of Michel [...]

New Africa Water Atlas
Posted in General by Klaus Hornetz on December 26th, 2010

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published the Africa Water Atlas in November 2010. Safe water supply and adequate sanitation are essential pre-conditions for good health. “This Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics [...]

GTZ BACKUP Support Helps Kenya Get Global Fund Grant for Round 10
Posted in General by Anna-Carin Kandimaa on December 22nd, 2010

The GTZ BACKUP Initiative has assisted Kenya to get substantial funds from round 10 of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) to combat HIV/AIDS and malaria in the country. Kenya got a category 2 for Malaria and 2b for HIV Component Proposal, which is equal to approval but with some qualifications. It [...]

Safe Houses: Are they Really Safe for Survivors of Gender Based Violence?
Posted in FGM & Gender, General, Human Rights by evelyne on December 21st, 2010

A safe house, in the context of gender based violence (GBV), is a home that provides an alternative shelter to survivors of violence.  The intended purpose of a safe house is to keep the survivor away from their perpetrator, with an aim of supporting the survivor in dealing with the traumatic experience, as well as [...]

Research: Young Men are Equal Partners in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Posted in General, RH by Irene Omogi on December 21st, 2010

Research has shown that the cooperation and participation of men is crucial if gender equality and sexual and reproductive health goals are to be achieved. This is because it is men who usually decide on the number and variety of sexual relationships, timing and frequency of sexual activity and use of contraceptives.

Keeping Track of Influenza in North Eastern Kenya
Posted in Disease Surveillance by Jepchumba Violet on December 20th, 2010

The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS) has established a network of 24 influenza sentinel surveillance sites in districts located in high-risk zones (these are districts that are prone to influenza outbreaks such as those in North Eastern Province). Influenza Sentinel Surveillance is crucial for early detection of  possible outbreaks and changes in behaviour [...]

Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Technical Working Group Meeting
Posted in General, RH by Patricia Odero on December 11th, 2010

“Following the National Leaders Conference held in November 2010, the importance of targeting the youth for population control and improvement of maternal and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) indicators has been reiterated and emphasized. The youth have a high unmet need for reproductive health  including family planning and therefore present a great opportunity for reversing the [...]

Voice of Hope: A Call for Partnerships to Support Marginalized Communities
Posted in FGM & Gender, General, Human Rights by Rukia Yassin on December 10th, 2010

As you travel 80 kilometres from Nairobi along the Namanga/Nairobi highway, you get to Kajiado town, populated mostly by Maasai pastoralists. Their lives lives revolve around their cattle, on which they depend for meat, milk and blood- the main components of their diet. Due to their lifestyle, the Maasai are one of the most marginalized [...]

Development Partners in Health Kenya Meeting
Posted in General, Policy by Anna-Carin Kandimaa on December 7th, 2010

The Development Partners in Health Kenya (DPHK) held its monthly meeting on 3 December 2010. The key areas of discussion included the preliminary results of the Kenya Service Provision Assessment, the United States Agency for International Development’s work in the area of HIV/AIDS and health information management, and the priority areas of work of DPHK [...]

Launch of Health NGOs Network Strategic Plan 2010 - 2012 and Advocacy Strategy
Posted in Policy by Anna-Carin Kandimaa on December 5th, 2010

The Health NGO Network (HENNET), launched its new Strategic Plan 2010 - 2012 and Advocacy Strategy at a meeting held on 2 December 2010 at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. The meeting was attended by HENNET member organisations well as Development Partners and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and Ministry of Medical Services.

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