African doctors meet in Nairobi over diabetes crisis
African doctors meet in Nairobi over diabetes crisis Last year, there were 478,000 cases of diabetes reported in the country, with 8,722 adults aged between 20 and 79 dying of the non-communicable disease (NCD). IDF affirms that these figures will be more than double by 2040. One hundred doctors from ten countries in Africa are set to converge in Nairobi over innovative treatment and control of diabetes. The specialists are seeking to share expertise in tackling the mounting problem now responsible for 40 per cent of the total deaths from non-communicable diseases. “We aim to raise standard care for diabetes patients through high level education delivered by world class experts,” said Novo Nordisk general manager, middle Africa operations Venkat Kalyan. The 10 African countries being pooled include; Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mauritius. Mr Kalyan said that the global healthcare company will be hosting the forthcoming sub-Saharan Africa insulin summit set for October 8. Of the nearly 400,000 Kenyans who die of NCDs annually, diabetes account for 40 per cent of the deaths - WHO 2014. Early screening Last year, there were 478,000 cases of diabetes reported in the country, with 8,722 adults aged between 20 and 79 dying of the non-communicable disease (NCD). IDF affirms that these figures will be more than double by 2040. READ: Diabetes in infants linked to rapid weight gain Lack of early screening has been cited by the Health Ministry as a fuelling factor of diabetes deaths. Data from the Ministry shows that between 650,000 and 1.5 million Kenyans have diabetes, a quarter of whom do not know as they shun screening. Diabetes can be hereditary but it can also occur from overconsumption of sugar or sugary foods and drinks, alcohol, inactive lifestyle. The disease causes life-threatening complications including; blindness, kidney failure, loss of limbs, comas, among others.
Recording artist Chris Brown poses at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo
American R&B and hip hop star has personally made it official that he will indeed be rocking his fans in Mombasa next month.
In a video posted online early Wednesday, the Loyal hit singer tells his avid fans to better get ready for his show.
The concert, which will also feature Nigerian music star Wizkid, is slated to go down on October 8 at the Nyali Golf club.
Chris Brown's concert comes just a few days after fellow American singer Trey Songz' hyped-up visit to Kenya.
He was in Nairobi for the recording of the pan-African non-competitive TV show Coke Studio Africa Season Four.
It's set to premiere next month on October 8th 2016 in Mombasa
Central Bank governor Patrick Njoroge at the quarterly review briefi ng in Nairobi on Wednesday /ENOS TECHE
World’s leading banks, consultancies and think-tanks have revised up the country’s growth forecast this year for the first time in three months, citing infrastructure projects which are coming on board.
A consensus growth outlook from the 12 global firms shows the country’s economy is likely to expand by six per cent this year, a slight 0.1 percentage point upgrade over the last three months. This mirrors International Monetary Fund’s projection in April, while the World Bank stuck to 5.9 per cent forecast in June.
The firms are JPMorgan of the US ( 6.1 per cent), HSBC of UK ( 5.7 per cent), Standard Chartered Bank ( 5.8 per cent), Barclays Capital ( 5.6 per cent) and New York-based brokerage firm Citigroup Global Markets ( 6.0 per cent).
Others are Fitch Ratings-owned BMI Research ( 6.5 per cent), consultancy firm Capital Economics of UK ( 6.5 per cent), Washington- headquartered Frontier Strategy ( 5.9 per cent), Economist Intelligence Unit ( 5.8 per cent) and credit insurance firm Euler Hermes of France ( 6.0 per cent).
Oxford Economics, the Oxford University’s economic forecasting arm, sees Kenya growing by 5.6 per cent while Euromonitor International, a London-headquartered research firm, projects a six per cent growth.
“Growth is being sustained by several infrastructure projects, including a new container terminal at the Mombasa port that is expected to increase its cargo capacity by 50 per cent, which is also crucial for Kenya’s plan to become an oil producer and exporter in 2017,” researchers at FocusEconomics, a Barcelona-based economic analysis firm, said in the report last week. “Increased tea output in the first half, coupled with the ongoing recovery in the tourism sector is supporting exports and foreign reserves.”
Capping of interest rates at four percentage points above the 10 per cent Central Bank Rate has, however, raised concerns of “riskier” firms and households being locked out of credit market, slowing growth in the medium term.
“The law will nevertheless support the activity of consumers and firms that remain eligible for loans in the formal market since it will make private sector credit cheaper for them,” FocusEconomics analyst Teresa Kersting told the Star via email. “On balance, however, the adverse impact of the drying-up of credit to riskier market segments will likely prevail.”
Credit to the private sector rose by a dismal 8.6 per cent in June year-on-year, much slower than the CBK’s target of 15.3 per cent, and slowed further to 7.07 per cent in July.
“We need to go and investigate and see who actually has done what,” Central Bank governor Patrick Njoroge said last Wednesday. “We began to see this trend since June when it became much clearer although there was some sort of deviation earlier in the year.”
Source: The Star
Jackline Mwende during an interview at her parents' home in Kathama Village, Machakos County on August 1,2016.PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
The woman whose husband is charged with chopping off her hands will fly out to South Korea on Monday evening to be fitted with prosthetics.
Ms Jackline Mwende will go abroad because the prosthetics needed are not available locally.
Her doctor Mr Michael Maru from PCEA Kikuyu hospital said they had already cleaned her stump and prepared her in readiness to be fitted with the electric limbs.
“I want to clarify that it will not be a surgery but rather an operation to fit the limbs on her,” Dr Maru told a press briefing on Monday.
He said Ms Mwende is expected to regain 80 per cent of the use of her hands once fitted with the limbs.
Her new prosthetics are expected coordinate with her upper hand muscles to enable her feed herself, carry some objects, turn on electric switches and perform other light chores.
The limbs are designed to mimic the human anatomy as they rely on naturally generated muscle energy for movement.
Ms Mwende’s hospital and prosthetics bills will be paid by LG Electronics, a South Korean company.
Zeenat Jamal, 43, has lived in the UK since 2001 and is flying to Kenya on Sunday
Brooke Gaughan (left) and his girlfriend Zeenat Jamal are being separated as Zeenat has had to return to Kenya after living in the UK for 15 years
A woman who has been living in the UK for 15 years is flying to Kenya on Sunday despite having no family and nowhere to stay after she claims she was facing deportation.
Zeenat Jamal, 43, has lived in the UK since 2001 and left Kenya with her four sisters, who she says now all have British passports.
Zeenat, who holds a Kenyan passport, is now due to fly to Nairobi after spending six years with her partner, Brooke Gaughan, who up until a month ago lived happily together in Dinas Powys.
Brooke and Zeenat met six years ago in London and decided to move to Cardiff in 2012, before settling in Dinas Powys two years ago.
With her sisters still living in London and building a life for herself in South Wales, Zeenat had settled happily in Wales with her partner.
Unable to work while her applications were being processed, Zeenat said she volunteered in Cardiff’s Cancer Research UK shops, first near Cardiff Central train station until it closed and then in Canton.
Having to present herself to the authorities every two weeks, Zeenat said that when she made her most recent application to become a British citizen she was told she was being detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre and would have to be deported.READ MORE
WyWycliffe Omondi, one of the developers of the Magic Bus Ticketing app. PHOcliffe Omondi, one of the developers of the Magic Bus Ticketing app. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
Developers of Magic Bus Ticketing, a mobile phone application that enables booking of public transport, have secured a Sh101 million ($1 million) grant from a Bill Clinton-backed fund after emerging top out of six finalists. The Hult Prize finalists were crowned overall winners of the startup funding for their idea of digitising booking, pre-payment and on-board payment of fare for commuters in Kenya. The idea was borne out of a challenge for the Hult Prize, funded by Clinton, whose contest this year was the creation of a better model to connect people to goods and services in crowded urban spaces. The contest received over 25,000 entries which were shortlisted to six finalists. The developers comprise a group of students from Earlham College Wycliffe Omondi, Leslie Ossete, Iman Cooper and Sonia Kabra. PILOT WITH MATATUS The team opted to pilot the idea in Kenya with matatus from Ongata Rongai and Buru Buru available for booking and prepayment on the app. “In Kenya there is good mobile connectivity and matatus are already in saccos which makes it easier to deal with than going to individual matatus. It was a ready market and we had connections with the saccos,” said Mr Omondi in an interview with the Business Daily.
Magic Bus co-founder Wycliffe Onyango Omondi (right) with a volunteer during the interview. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
The offline app works via a short code (USSD), which prompts the user to follow a menu of instructions. Magic Bus co-founder Wycliffe Onyango Omondi (right) with a volunteer during the interview. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA Magic Bus co-founder Wycliffe Onyango Omondi (right) with a volunteer during the interview. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA The short code instructs the user to select their route, pick-up and drop-off points before offering the selection of matatus that are available and the estimated pick-up time. Once a user selects their vehicle of preference, they proceed to pay and move to the bus stop within the expected arrival time of the vehicle. In addition to the pre-booking and prepayment, commuters can track the position of the vehicle in real time. Those already on board can pay for their fare via the same service. The team has been working to get long distance travel companies on board to cut the need for commuters to walk to bus offices to make bookings and payments. LONG DISTANCE “We’re looking to start piloting for long distance in September. The piloting is to go until January for robust market research before we formally launch and also expand into other markets,” said Mr Omondi. The group had received funding of $10,000 (Sh1 million) from French based Transdev after they were shortlisted as one of the three top picks for transport apps along with Maramoja Taxi and My Ride. According to Mr Omondi, the team will invest the funds in further research and growth of the business. The team is also looking at the alternative of managing its own fleet in addition to having the service for use by other organised groups. “We are looking at a franchise model where there are standards that must be followed to use our service,” he said. Matatu and bus crew are allocated tablets that are used to indicate the number of seats available and prevailing charges.
By Frankline Sunday Updated Fri, September 23rd 2016 at 15:02 GMT +3 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Kenya had the highest increase of airline traffic in Africa over the last one year, following a flurry of major conferences hosted in the country and a recovering tourism sector.
According to data from an industry research into air travel across the African continent, the number of passenger arrivals to the country since January has gone up 14.9 per cent compared to a similar period last year. "2016 has seen a good recovery in international air travel into and within Africa from the prolonged Ebola outbreak, which lasted from mid-2014 throughout 2015," reads the report. Mauritius and South Africa saw their airline traffic grow by 11.6 and 11.4 per cent, respectively, in a year that East Africa enjoyed relatively higher airline traffic compared to other regional blocs. "We are seeing a tale of two Africas, with North African countries suffering from political instability and terror activities and Sub-Saharan African countries powering ahead," said Olivier Jager, the CEO of Forward Keys, a travel intelligence firm. The firm compared airline traffic across Africa by looking at the number of arrivals of airline passengers, the number of bookings and the number of scheduled commercial flights between airports within the continent. READ MORE Kenya Olympics chiefs quizzed, spend second night in police custody New airlines set to bring tourists to Coast Delta Air Lines passengers stranded after computer crash grounds flights Kenya has in the last year played host to several high profile conferences, including the Tokyo International Conference for Development (Ticad) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial heads summit that have brought thousands of international delegates to the country.
South Africa retained its dominant share of the market, taking up 13 per cent of the international arrivals into the continent. Egypt, Morocco and Mauritius accounted for nine, eight and five per cent, respectively. Kenya, Algeria and Tunisia all constituted four per cent of the market, while Tanzania and Ethiopia each took three per cent. The level of intra-African air traffic was however flagged as too low, with the large majority of traffic coming from the long haul markets like Europe and the Americas. Traffic from Germany into the EAC increased by 33 per cent, with arrivals from India, the United Arab Emirates and the US going up by 25, 15 and 16 per cent, respectively. In comparison, traffic from Kenya and Uganda into the EAC went down by 3.2 and 0.4 per cent, respectively. Forward Keys states that the outlook for the future is promising, as the peak tourism period begins, with Kenya expected to welcome 23 per cent more arrivals this year compared to a similar period last year.
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