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Bloody row spills out at national blood bank

October 2017 Standardmedia; The Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) is incensed by reports that part of blood its bank is contaminated with HIV and syphilis. The report published three weeks ago in a foreign journal shows 6.2 per cent of donated blood had high levels of HIV, with as high …

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Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

May 2017 BBC; US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world’s most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports. It …

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Kenyan healthcare in need of urgent changes

May 2017 Dailynation; Kenya’s public health system is in a crisis with corruption as the biggest challenge. The latest suspension of $21 million (Sh2.1 billion) direct funding to the Ministry of Health by USAid adds to a series of issues pointing to a system in need of urgent governance and leadership …

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