NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
will next week host a pan-African conference organized by an
umbrella body for female medics to discuss innovative ways to
promote maternal health in the continent, organizers said on
president of Kenya Medical Women Association (KMWA), said the
Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) Africa Regional
Conference that kicks off on Monday will be attended by more
than 2,000 female doctors from Africa and other parts of the
“We are going to
harmonize the voices of women in medicine to identify solutions
to women’s health issues, which have become crucial in shaping
global, regional and national discourses in helping meet
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Sadia told reporters in
She revealed that
the theme of the conference is “Accelerating Women’s Health
Agenda: priorities and opportunities through UN SDGs and African
Union (AU) Agenda 2063.”
The voice of women
in medicine is crucial in advocating and identifying solutions
to women’s health agenda through SDGs, Sadia said.
She said the
conference will look at how different African countries were
making progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to
respond more effectively to the shifting burden of disease, end
extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
The keynote speaker
at the conference will be Joyce Banda, the former Malawian
president and founder of Joyce Banda Foundation.
Other speakers will
include Bettina Pfleiderer, global president of Medical Women’s
International Association and an AU official.
Kenya to host African forum to
review progress towards polio eradication
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya in partnership with the World Health
Organization (WHO) will next week host a pan-African conference
to review progress made towards elimination of polio in the
continent, the UN health agency said on Friday evening.
The Africa Regional
Certification Commission for Polio Eradication (ARCC) meeting to
be held in Nairobi from Nov. 12-16 will review progress the
continent has made towards being certified free from the
debilitating viral ailment.
During this meeting,
seven countries including Cameroon, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau,
Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and
South Africa will submit report on efforts being made to
The host country
Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Namibia are
expected to submit evidence indicating they remained free from
wild polio virus.
Nigeria remains the
only wild poliovirus endemic African country while efforts have
been intensified to contain its spread in vulnerable countries
like Niger, Kenya, Somalia and DRC.
Rudi Eggers, WHO
representative in Kenya, hailed the progress African countries
have made towards polio eradication but stressed that enhanced
vigilance is key to prevent it from recurring.
Africa are taking great strides towards polio eradication.
However, this is a virus that is very good at hiding, and if we
miss it, that would have grave consequences for eradication
efforts,” said Rudi.
WHO says the world
is on the verge of polio eradication while the disease is
endemic to only three countries namely Pakistan, Afghanistan and
The African region
in particular has made great strides towards halting the
transmission of wild polio virus since 1988 when the Global
Polio Eradication Initiative was established.
WHO has partnered
with African governments to scale up polio vaccination,
surveillance and hygiene education as means to contain the
highly contagious viral disease that leads to paralysis of
Pan-African science body
unveils fellowships to boost research based growth
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Nairobi-based Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS)
said it will award post-doctoral fellowships to seven early
career researchers in the continent to help them come up with
solutions that promote sustainable development.
AAS said in a
statement issued on Friday evening that the young African
scientists will benefit from financial support to pursue
advanced studies in disciplines that promote sustainable
development like health and environment.
“The trainees will
receive funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance, discover
drugs for cancer and skin diseases, contribute knowledge to
conserve woodlands and develop low cost alloys used for military
and civic applications, aircraft, bicycles and medical devices,”
It revealed that the
young researchers drawn from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria,
Tanzania and Uganda will benefit from three to six months
academic visits and mentorships at institutions outside their
The new capacity
development support for early career African scientists was
unveiled ahead of World Science Day for Peace and Development
that was observed on November 10.