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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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(from left) Prof. Ogot, Dir. Research & Extension, Prof. Mwangi, Director, IPMO, Prof. Mutoro, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Sange, Managing Director, KIPI & Prof. Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in-charge of research

Yesterday, the University of Nairobi received funding of Ksh.4.2m from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The cheque, presented by the Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) on behalf of WIPO, is intended to support the carrying out of an institutional intellectual property audit.

IP audits are important as it captures the number of IP assets and the value that can be attached to the IP.



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Prof. L.W. Irungu, DVC,RPE (extreme right) holds discussions with Dr. Edwardina Otieno (NACOSTI) , Mr. Jordan Stone (Danish Centre for Biosecurity & Biopreparedeness) on awareness raising on  biosecurity at the University of Nairobi

Dr. Edwardina Otieno Ndhine (NACOSTI) and Mr. Jordan Stone  from the Danish Center for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness (CBB), on Wednesday May 3, 2017  met the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Professor Lucy W. Irungu to discuss awareness raising of biosecurity and biopreparedeness in Kenyan Universities.  

This follows a 2015 Biosecurity Survey in Kenya that documented significant deposits of dangerous biological agents in Kenya. The report also revealed a lack of capacity to ensure proper storage and handling of hazardous biological agents and limited biosecurity awareness amongst professionals.



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