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Other Health News

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

How research led to the success of Inua Jamii cash transfer for disabled people


In cities like Nairobi, Sh2,000 does not go very far, and many people wouldn’t think twice about spending this on a single day. However, some 830,000 Kenyans have no choice but to stretch the cash to last a month.


Cash transfers for disabled people: Is the Inua Jamii plan changing lives?


When hundreds of Kenyans throng Mombasa for Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Saida Ali will be busy taking care of her disabled son. She hardly leaves home because Swaleh Rashid, now 10 years old, requires round-the-clock care.


Battle to save toddler struck by giant tumour that weighs more than her body


A little girl in India whose belly now weighs more than the rest of her body because of a viciously aggressive tumour has begun chemotherapy after her cries triggered a fundraising campaign. Sohana, who is two years old, is suffering from Wilms' tumour, a form of cancer which has led to a huge growth in her left kidney.


Kenya Red Cross steps up efforts to offer affordable, accessible community-based health care


The Kenya Red Cross has pledged to roll out more affordable, accessible and equitable community based health care. The humanitarian organisation on Wednesday said plans are in place geared towards improving the general welfare of Kenyans through its Health and Social services department.


Death of newborns reduces by 70% despite financial, labour setbacks


Kenya has reduced the deaths of newborns by 70 per cent since the onset of free maternity services four years ago, a new study shows. Initially, Kenya was losing 100,000 children in the first 28 days of life but the number has since reduced to 30,000 children.


Global HIV infection rates among sex workers, injecting drug users on the rise


HIV infection rates among 'key populations' globally are more than five times higher compared to that of the general population – a new report shows. Key populations are groups that experience both increased impact from one of the diseases and decreased access to services.


Why polio is proving so difficult to beat


Pakistan, one of three countries with endemic polio, began an immunisation campaign this week in the city of Quetta for children under five after the discovery of a rare strain of the virus in sewage samples, officials said. No cases of the rare Type 2 strain have been reported in humans in Quetta but it has been added to the vaccine as a precaution.