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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV, Kenya struggles

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation says. The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible.

Rich, malnourished: the new fate of Kenyan elite

When I first saw South African journalist’s 1993 photo of a vulture that was stalking a hungry child in Sudan during a drought, I was disturbed by the extreme case of malnutrition. The child was wasted, helpless and seemed to be on the brink of death.

Is PCEA Kikuyu Hospital losing its shine?

In the absence of government medical facilities, the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital is the most ideal hospital for residents of Kikuyu and Kabete in emergency cases especially at night, because of its proximity, perceived personnel deployment and availability of health care equipment. But through the years, the hospital has been degraded to the extent where it can no longer boast of an emergency unit.

Why patients should be assertive in demanding second opinion

The healthcare system has had an exclusive grip on all patient care decisions for far too long at the expense of consumer’s rights. Clinicians routinely communicate life changing diagnoses like cancer or diabetes with an emotionless finality.

Pneumonia cases drop sharply after vaccination

The number of children under five admitted for pneumonia has dropped by a quarter since the vaccine was introduced four years ago. Kenya was the first African country to introduce the PCV10 vaccine in 2011 and there was no prior data on what impact the vaccine was expected to have.

Rebirth of Embu hospital keeps devolution alive

The last time the medical superintendent at the Embu Level Five Referral Hospital had seen a truck deliver any construction material at the facility, was 1996. He says the giant hospital, whose location at the border makes it a regional referral facility serving four counties, was basically falling apart.

Busia finally launches reproductive health plan

Busia County has launched its much awaited reproductive health strategy. The strategy was prepared by the Centre for the Study of Adolescent (CSA).