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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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Online version is now available!

Message from the Editor

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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