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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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Eunice Anyango Owino, University of Nairobi

In the past 15 years the Kenyan government has made great strides in preventing and controlling malaria. It has issued insecticide treated bed nets, sprayed people’s homes with insecticides and ensured that there is widespread diagnostic testing. These efforts have resulted in a significant drop in transmission rates.

But progress has not been uniform. Parts of Kenya – particularly the counties in the west of the country along the Rift Valley – are still plagued by serious seasonal cases of the deadly disease.

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Africa needs engineers, but its engineering students often end up working at auditing firms and banks.

Why? Kamau Gachigi, former Director, Science and Technology Park suspects it's because they don't have the spaces and materials needed to test their ideas and start businesses.

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