Kenya’s pregnancy policy hasn’t addressed the inequalities between rich and poor.
Free maternal services introduced in Kenya in 2013 had the immediate impact of increasing access. But it exposed a divide in which the richest 20% of women were the biggest beneficiaries.
Household air pollution in Nairobi is primarily driven by fuels burnt for cooking and lighting.
Research in Kenya’s capital found average levels of hazardous solid and liquid particles in the air within households were three times more than the WHO recommended maximum level.
Contraception empowers women to plan the number of children they will have.
Strong political support, community engagement and effective strategies can improve access to family planning in developing countries.
Spending on older people is an investment, not a cost.
Older people require both psychological and nutritional support during drought and famine. Kenya needs to implement a comprehensive public health response that assists during emergency situations.
Pupils from Kibera, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Education outcomes of young people can be improved with targeted interventions. At the centre lies the participation of partners -- community, family and schools.
Antenatal care is important during pregnancy.
Antenatal care is a vital time for both mother and unborn baby. It promotes and establishes good health before childbirth and after delivery.
US President Donald Trump is threatening drastic cuts in foreign aid.
The proposed foreign aid cuts by US President Donald Trump will have a devastating impact on healthcare in Africa.
In Kenya the obsession with high exam grades means extra pressure on children.
A new education system in set to replace the 32-year-old 8-4-4 system which has come to symbolise much of what's wrong with education in Kenya today.
Just another day in Nairobi’s Kibera slums. Slums are characterised by densely packed settlements with inadequate provision of services.
Despite increased global awareness about poor conditions in slums, the health of their inhabitants is a little studied phenomenon.
Ghanaian cancer specialists examine a patient’s scan.
So-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease have been rising in Africa, adding to the already huge burden of disease in poor countries. But the research has not kept pace.
Four-year-old Stacey Musimbi sits inside a specialised early childhood deaf unit programme in Nairobi.
Early childhood education services have proliferated in the public and private sectors. But many children who attend these preschool centres do not receive quality services.
The truth is that data in Africa are not produced on time, not frequently enough, are of poor quality and aren't accurate. This makes it difficult to make data driven decisions.
A parent surveys the scene of Kenya’s worst school fire, in which 63 students died in 2001. Recent arson attacks have been aimed at disruption.
A shocking wave of school fires set by students across Kenya has elicited a range of counter-measures, none of which appears to get to the root of the problem.
Are schools the best place to teach life skills?
Thanks to life-skills training, girls who previously believed it improbable that they would go on to secondary school are now allowing themselves to dream about possibilities.
Embarking on the path to a PhD is a scary business.
Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven't been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people.
Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
Non-communicable diseases are skyrocketing in Kenya and Uganda. Though the countries’ governments have a responsibility to tackle the problem, individuals need to take action too.
Women’s ability to work is severely constrained by the lack of child care facilities in urban slums.
For most women, participating in the labour force is dependent on whether they have adequate child care they can rely on.
Vasectomies allow fathers to have a more active role in family planning.
Vasectomies could be an effective male birth control method in Africa but the procedure is misunderstood and therefore poorly used.