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A round-up of the all the latest health news from theStar

Why state has offerred Sh100,000 for guinea worm

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.

You can now expect to live for 67 years, Kenyans told

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.

Group moves to stop abortion deaths in Nyanza

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.

Why drugs users are trooping to Methadone clinics

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.

Working mums reveal why they can't breastfeed

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.

How Kenyan women trek to Uganda to give birth

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.

New deal to help infertile women

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.