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The University of Nairobi was recently ranked among best seven universities in Africa by Times Education Young University Rankings 2018.  The University of Nairobi shared position number three with four other universities from Africa namely Mansoura University (Egypt), University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad (Morocco) and Suez Canal University (Egypt).

In Kenya and East Africa region, the University of Nairobi was the only university in the rankings.

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Zawadi Juluis Saidi had reconstructive surgery on her cleft lip at a Dar es Salaam hospital. African children
face huge barriers to surgery. Reuters/Sala Lewis

Joseph Kimani Wanjeri, University of Nairobi

About 6% of all children worldwide are born with a birth defect. More than 300 000 babies with birth defects die annually within a month of being born.

The most common birth defects are those that affect the skull or facial bones such as cleft lips and palates. These happen when parts of the developing face fail to fuse in the early months of pregnancy. A cleft lip affects facial appearance.

The cause of cleft palates is largely unknown. Some studies have suggested that poor nutrition, infections, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and certain medicines during pregnancy may be responsible. Inherited defective genes have also been identified as a probable cause.

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Dr. Dominic Omosa Ochwang’i, a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology has been awarded a three-year post-doctoral Fellowship courtesy of the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship (AR-PDF).  This fellowship is aimed at building a critical mass of African leaders who are well equipped to independently lead science programmes at local and international levels including capacity to engage successfully with funders, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders and serve as mentors and supervisors for the next generation of researchers in Africa.

During the fellowship, Dr. Ochwang’i will conduct research on a study entitled Alternative and complementary cancer therapy using medicinal plants: From molecular characterization to pre-clinical testing. In his study, Dr. Ochwang’i will seek to investigate the anticancer potential of selected Kenyan medicinal plants through evaluation of their effects on breast, prostate, leukemia, colon, glioblastoma, cervical and esophageal human cancer cell lines selective cytotoxic viability, molecular gene expression profiling, pre-clinical in-vivo testing in  mice cancer xenografts and active dog cancers.



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The Suction Machine has won the 2nd runner-up award in the Engineering and Manufacturing Category in the 2nd Call of the National Innovation Awards Programme.

The Awards organized by the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA), attracted approximately 100 entries in various categories. 74 of these entries were qualified for the Awards having met the basic minimum requirements of the Call. The best three innovations were selected in the six categories presented in the Call.

About the Suction Machine

This is an innovation by innovators at the Science and Technology Park (STP) under Maker Space project which aims to address gaps in the supply of maternal and newborn child health medical equipment through the creation of low-cost, high-quality and locally designed and produced essential medical equipment by a network of Makers and MNCH practitioners. The final suction machine prototypes have been done and are due to undergo clinical tests in July this year. It is envisioned to have the Suction Machine in the market within a period of 12 months.

 

 

 

Suction Machine


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Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem. Shutterstock

Jeanette Dawa, University of Nairobi

Each year the World Health Organisation gathers data on influenza strains and recommends which strains countries should include in formulating vaccines for the next year.

Many countries around the world administer these vaccines because the influenza virus – known as the flu virus – is a significant contributor to respiratory illness.

In Africa only a few countries issue the vaccine annually: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Mauritius, Tunisia and South Africa.

Kenya is one of the countries on the continent that doesn’t have a flu vaccination programme. The vaccine is available in the private sector but isn’t affordable for most Kenyans. Because there is no national programme, children also don’t receive it as part of their regular immunisation schedule in public hospitals. This is despite the fact that a quarter of Kenyan patients who seek medical care for respiratory symptoms have the flu virus in their systems.



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