Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Five students from Kenya have been named as short-list finalists for the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights. The five – Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – developed an app to help young women deal with female genital mutilation (FGM) and launched it through an organization they called The Restorers. The students themselves are all between ages 17 and 19. The i-Cut app makes it easier for young women to seek help, find a…

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Niger: Fewer Children, Fewer Climate Risks? Niger Ponders a Controversial Option

Niamey — In a nation with the world’s highest birth rate and growing risks to food and water security from climate change, reducing births may be one way to adapt Abdulaziz, Aminatu, Absatu, Abdulmanaf. Fahad. And, well, also Mansour. They are the names Zeinab Garba has in mind for any future children she has. But for now the mother of two has decided to set aside plans for more offspring by using a contraceptive, to give a better future to Rachid, her restless 3-year-old boy, and her newborn son Bilyaminou,…

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Rwandans celebrate launch of first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones

Rwandans are celebrating the launch of the continent’s first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones, that was on Monday unveiled by Mara Group which operates out of the East African country. The Mara X and Mara Z will use Google’s Android operating system and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively. They will compete with Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37). Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targetting customers willing to pay more for quality.…

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Kenya: Likoni Channel Now a No-Go Zone as the Military Takes Over

Likoni Channel is now a no-go zone for the members of the public after the military took over the area on Monday afternoon. The announcement banning even the members of the media was made by Kenya Ferry Services Chairman Dan Mwazo, who said the area was under the command of the naval and KFS bosses. “The divers who have been hired by the family from Subsea Company are here. The government has also hired three more divers from South Africa. We have also acquired machines to help in the operations.…

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Zimbabwe: Harare Hospital’s ‘Presidential Suite’ Lies Idle As Officials Seek Treatment Abroad

THE presidential suite at Parirenyatwa Hospital has turned into a white elephant with senior government officials including the President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputies all choosing to get treatment outside the country, NewZimbabwe.com has learnt. With a rolling doctors strike entering its second month last week, the spotlight has remained focused of the country’s biggest referral health institution where the medical practitioners routinely congregate and picket demanding a review of their working conditions. A junior doctor who identified himself as Simon Madhuveko said it is sad that top officials from…

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Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2019

The 5th annual Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa (#HISA2019) is set to take place from 08 to 09 October 2019 at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg, under the theme “Digital Building Blocks for a Patient-Centred Healthcare System”. The Summit will address and discuss issues and challenges specific to healthcare organizations through workshops, discussion streams and focussed tracks. The summit will cover key topics such as the legal impact of eHealth, robotics, artificial intelligence, the future of healthcare, security, telemedicine and many more subjects. Attendees at HISA 2019 will have the chance…

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