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Kenya mobile subscribers up 1.8pc

A phone user scrolling though the M-Pesa menu

A phone user scrolling though the M-Pesa menu

Number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose 1.8 percent to reach 31.8 million in the first quarter of  2014. In its quarterly review of the sector, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) reports tha this trend is similar to that observed over the last two years where quarter-on-quarter growth has remained below 2 per cent. The same period of the previous year had recorded a decline of 2.9 per cent.

Post-paid subscriptions have continued to record an upward trend with the quarter under review registering growth of 8.4 percent to reach 607,569 up from 560,503 subscriptions posted during the previous quarter. Mobile penetration grew by 1.3 percentage points during the quarter to stand at 78.2 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »


Health Media Fellowship: Call for applications

Screenshot 2014-10-09 11.31.55   The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) within the Coalition to stop maternal        mortality due to unsafe abortion (CSMMUA) is calling upon Concepts in form of story ideas from journalists in mainstream media (Print, Electronic and Online) from East African states countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi). These story ideas will form a basis from which successful candidates will be invited to participate in a media fellowship for the year 2015.

The objective of this competition and media fellowship is to build capacity of journalists in main stream media to pursue high-quality, balanced and informative reporting on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights through training and a mentoring aiming at increasing awareness of the public about the magnitude of the public health crisis of unsafe abortion and its impact.

As 2015 fast approaches, East African countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) are finding themselves in the unfortunate position of not being able to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number five which among others aims at reducing maternal mortality by three quarters (¾) and achieving universal access to Reproductive Health (RH) by 2015.

It should be noted that maternal mortality ratios in East Africa remain unacceptably very high. For example, according to the Preliminary Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011, the maternal mortality ratio in Uganda stands at 438 for every 100,000 live births (UBOs 2012).

In Kenya the maternal mortality ratio is estimated at 460 deaths per 100,000 live births as well as 454 in Tanzania (TDHS, 2012). This adds up to about 500 maternal deaths per 100,000 in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. On the other hand for example, in Kenya unsafe abortion accounts for more than 35% and 26 % in Uganda of maternal deaths, this is far higher than the global rate standing at 13%.

Successful applicants will attend a week long residential orientation training on sexual reproductive health and rights and will be supported to investigate their submitted story concepts which will then be edited printed and published.Find

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Kenyans traveling to India must undergo polio vaccination

Full Polio Vaccination for travelers entering India from Kenya

If you are a Kenyan planning to travel to India soon please ensure you have undergone full polio vaccination.

Latest advisory from India indicates that in addition to completing a full course of vaccination against polio, preferably with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), travelers from Kenya entering India will also be required to have received an additional dose of OPV at least six weeks before they travel. The full course of polio vaccination will be valid for one year.

The new regulations by the Government of India takes effect from February 14, 2014.
India has probably taken the step due to recent reports of olio outbreak in Kenya. The government of Kenya has already rolled out campaign to vaccinate all children under five years across the country.

Polio is one of the dangerous diseases that the World Health Organisation had declared ‘eliminated.’

See a communique from Kenya Airways below for details: Read the rest of this entry »

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