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Female Genital Mutilation: Kenya’s worst-kept secret

Thirty-seven of the 42 tribal communities among the Maasai in Kenya still practice Female Genital Mutilation. The preferential age for the procedure used to be 15 – now it’s done to 11-year-olds. Despite a ban on it in 2011, more than 500 girls in Narok County drop out of school every year because of Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage.

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Africa should spur herbal medicine safety, value women

Accra (Ghana) – Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 per cent of the world’s population depend on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare.

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Why Polio Campaigns Must Reach Every Last Child in Kenya

Nairobi (Kenya) – For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

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Refugee crisis: Fresh fighting in South Sudan putting strain on resources

The flow of South Sudan refugees to neighbouring countries is increasing as insecurity worsens due to renewed fighting. The government forces have been engaging rebels in Central and Western Equatoria states increasing the refugee flow to Uganda, while Gambela, in southwestern Ethiopia, neighbouring the Upper Nile State, has been receiving those fleeing in fear after the fresh hostility.

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What a walk down Ebola memory tells us

Antwerp (Belgium) – Forty years ago, the first Ebola blood samples were carried by a Congolese woman in her hand bag from Zaire to Belgium on Sabena Airlines. Yes, you read that correctly. Nothing is the same anymore. Zaire is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabena airlines — then the national carrier for Belgium — closed in 2001, but its successor Brussels Airlines played again a prominent role in the last Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As you know, this last Ebola outbreak was vastly different from all the ones before.

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Infant antibodies could increase HIV vaccine creation

Kisumu (Kenya) – A study in Kenya that has found that novel antibodies evolve quickly with limited mutation and could accelerated HIV/AIDS vaccines development. The researchers aimed to define HIV antibodies developed in an infant out of 425 mother-infant pairs.

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