A round-up of the all the latest health news from theStar
KENYA remains the only country not certified free of guinea worm disease (Dracunculiasis) for more than 20 years after its last indigenous case was reported.
Formerly endemic countries took an average of between four to five years to be certified.
People in Kenya are living longer, but healthy life expectancy has increased more slowly and a complex mix of fatal and non-fatal ailments cause a tremendous amount of health loss, according to a new analysis of 306 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.
Thanks to marked declines in death and illness caused by HIV/Aids and malaria in the past decade, and significant advances made in addressing communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional disorders, health has improved significantly around the world.
Sixteen-year-old Truphena discovered she was pregnant two months after schools re-opened from the April holidays.
The form two orphan did not want to carry the baby to term so she could continue with her education uninterrupted.
Down the valleys of Mathare slums in Nairobi, they sit in small groups, some of them with young children, lost in their own world. Everyone is high on substance.
New findings have identified why many mothers working in towns cannot exclusively breastfeed their babies for six months.
Across the board, it was found that mothers know that breastfeeding is the right thing to do.
There are fears many children from West Pokot could one day claim citizenship of Uganda, where their parents delivered them due to lack of health facilities in Kenya.
Kacheliba MP Mark Lomunokol confirmed that because hospital births are now being encouraged, many Pokot women are forced to seek maternity services in the neighbouring country.
Women are set to benefit from a reproductive health services programme rooted for by women MPs and a health care products manufacturer.
Kenya women parliamentary association and Merck Health care want a comprehensive reproductive health services made accessible to all women regardless of their economic status.