A round-up of the all the latest health news from theStar
The CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, released her first annual letter to the public last month. She points out the successes and some of the difficulties the world's biggest private foundation surmounts in its numerous projects across the world.
Mailu says the cost of ARVs is too high and many developing countries are unable to put all HIV positive people on treatmentKenya has challenged world leaders to remove trade barriers that make life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs expensive and in some cases inaccessible. Health CS Cleopa Mailu told the United Nations in New York that the cost of ARVs is too high and many developing countries have been unable to put all HIV positive people on treatment.
The Health Ministry continues to receive more money, even after the function was devolved. For 2016/2017 financial year, the ministry has received Sh60.
In the recent Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, one message stood out: no meaningful development can ever be attained when nations do not invest in the youth, adolescents and women. This means issues affecting the youth, including education, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and general healthcare, can no longer be ignored if Sustainable Development Goals are to be realised.
A 33-year-old woman from Mombasa who is struggling with recurrent miscarriage believes a crude abortion she procured four years ago may have ruined her life. Fatma Juma says she procured an illegal abortion at a small clinic in Mombasa because her new employer did not hire pregnant women.
Regularly eating after 8pm leads us to pile on the pounds, research suggests. Men and women who often dine late in the evening typically have waistlines two inches bigger than those who eat earlier, a study found.
I once heard a speaker at a conference discuss a project involving the Turkana tribe of Northern Kenya and the Norwegian government’s agency for international aid. The Turkana lived in a mostly semi-arid part of the country and kept very large herds of cattle.