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How can we strengthen health systems to respond to everyday challenges? What considerations under Covid-19?

Health systems face persistent everyday challenges related to health system inputs/hardware (e.g. technology, infrastructure, funding, human resource) and processes/software (e.g. knowledge, decision-making processes, values, norms, relationships). These routine challenges are compounded by periodic shocks (e.g. disease outbreaks, industrial actions, etc.) to health system, making it important for health systems to build “everyday resilience”. Everyday resilience […]
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Difu Simo Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Difu Simo is a mental health awareness campaign in Kilifi County that is using art to create a space for dialogue between the world of biomedicine and traditional medicines with the aim of understanding mental illness from a community perspective and addressing stigma. Difu Simo is a Kigiriama phrase which means “Breaking Free”. The campaign […]
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[POLICY BRIEF] Health Workers strike in Kenya. How can we prevent them and reduce their negative effects when they happen? And what Covid-19 considerations?

Although health worker strikes are experienced globally, their effects have been argued to be the worst in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Strike actions range from merely halting work for a few hours, through curtailing of non-critical services to complete stoppage of work. Health worker strikers elicit significant ethical debates, because of their ability to […]
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What Does it Cost to Treat a COVID-19 Patient in Kenya?

In a recently published policy brief, Dr. Edwine Barasa and Dr. Angela Kairu costed the case management of COVID-19 patients from a health system perspective. Key messages from the policy brief • Per patient COVID-19 case management costs in hospitals are substantial ranging from KES 21,359   per day for asymptomatic patients, KES 21,361 per day for patients with […]
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Application of Big Data for Covid-19 Response in Kenya

Join Dr. George Githinji and Dr. John Ojal  for a webinar on 24th July, 2020,  from 6pm – 7.30 pm as they discuss “The Role of SARS CoV-2 genomics in informing community transmission and public health decision making” and “Mathematical modelling for decision making in Kenya’s Covid-19 response”. Register here: https://t.co/P0EBp4lpBc?amp=1
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Kenya Scientists Release Genome sequencing for the Covid-19 Cases in Kenya

Scientists in Kenya have successfully sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic, obtaining important information about the genetic composition of viral strains in 122 of the confirmed cases in Kenya. The scientists from Centre for Geographic Medicine Research-Coast (CGMR-C) and the KEMRI’s Centre for Virus Research (CVR) and in collaboration […]
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Regional Social and Epidemiological Vulnerability to COVID-19 in Kenya

Epidemics and pandemics disproportionately affect populations with greater impacts on the most vulnerable and less resilient communities. Hence Kenya’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic calls for more context adapted public health measures reflecting our improved understanding of who is the most vulnerable and their geographical location. This policy brief presents evidence on localized vulnerability indices […]
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Interferon-gamma polymorphisms and risk of iron deficiency and anaemia in Gambian children

Malaria is common in sub-Saharan Africa and kills thousands of children yearly. Interferon-gamma is produced to help fight against malaria, but high levels can induce reduced production of blood cells resulting in anaemia. Anaemia negatively affects the development of children and can cause low productivity and fatigue. Interferon-gamma also affects pathways involved in dietary iron […]
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The way we measure iron deficiency in children needs to change. Here’s why

A deficiency of iron for normal body function is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. Iron deficiency is the main cause of anaemia and is associated with poor brain development and long-term impairment of behavioural and cognitive performance in children. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include pallor of the skin, eye and beds […]
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Mitigating the Socio-economic impacts of physical distancing in African countries

What are the health and Socio-economic impacts of physical distancing in African countries and how can they be mitigated? This work reviews the health and Socio-economic effects of physical distancing restrictions in Africa and recommends that African countries need to consider the broader net benefit of measures that they choose to implement and to adapt and […]
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