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Let me invite you to read the fifth edition of Utafiti News, a newsletter of the Research, Production and Extension Division. We are excited to share with you perspectives under the theme “Climate Change and Sustainability”.

An important message from our researchers is that climate change affects us all, which makes its prevention and the search for solutions our individual and collective responsibility.

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Participants and Organizers at the Workshop

The Living Lab of the University of Nairobi (www.livinglab.co.ke) organised in conjunction with and supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (www.bosch-stiftung.de), a regional workshop titled "Engaging Urban Actors in East Africa". The workshop held at the Innovation Village in Kampala, Uganda from 16th - 18th August 2017, had participants from Burundi, Germany, Kenya Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  Led by Prof. Madara Ogot of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Dr. Amolle Ambole of the School of the Art and Design,  participants explored ways to design sustainable urbanization programmes for the East African region using a design thinking approach, with a focus on promoting cross-sector collaboration between the public, private and social sector; bridging academia/science and practice; and promoting participation for sustainable urban development.



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In Vitro Fertilisation has helped people in Africa and around the world to have families. Shutterstock

Dr. J. Wanyoike-Gichuhi, University of Nairobi

(story courtesy: The Conversation Africa)

Infertility is a global health challenge with distressing psychological and social consequences. Women in Africa pay a heavy social price including stigma and depression, for not having children. Sadly, infertility in Africa is mostly blamed on the woman.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Globally it affects about 70 million to 80 million couples. In Africa, about 50 to 60% of all the reproductive health clinic visits are related to infertility. In Kenya, estimates show that infertility could be between 2 and 20%.



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Did you know that Veterinarians report that an average of 2.5 plastic bags as well as other plastic waste are found inside the stomachs of cows in abattoirs in Western Kenya?

August 28, 2017 marks the enactment of the new law banning the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags for commercial and domestic use in Kenya.



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The National Research Fund (NRF) has released to the University of Nairobi Ksh.4.8m being funding for 20 postgraduate students whose research projects were competitively selected for funding.

The successful applicants submitted proposals consideration of funding for the 2015/2016 7th Call for MSc/MA and PhD research proposals sent out by the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). The funding was aimed at supporting the research component of the postgraduate applicants programmes. 

See list of recipients below:



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