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Pneumonia vaccine launched in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on February 14, 2011

NAIROBI — A vaccine against pneumonia, the leading cause of child deaths around the world, was rolled out in Kenya Monday and is expected to save hundreds of thousands of lives in coming years.

Pneumococcal disease accounts for 18 percent of child deaths in developing countries, killing more than a million children under the age of five every year, according to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

“Kenya is the first African country to roll-out this pneumococcal conjugate vaccine which has been specially-tailored to meet the needs of children in developing countries,” GAVI said in a statement.

GAVI is a public-private body which brings together UN agencies, the World Bank, philanthropists, the vaccine industry and research agencies to improve children’s health through immunisation.

It claims to have prevented more than five million deaths since it was created at the World Economic Forum in 2000.

“Routine vaccination is one of the most cost-effective public health investments a government can make and we are counting on our donors to continue their strong backing for our life-saving mission,” said Helen Evans, interim CEO of the GAVI Alliance.

GAVI said the launch of its pneumococcal vaccine, now expected to be rolled out in more than 40 countries by 2015, was made possible by an innovative finance mechanism.

Close to three billion dollars from donors allowed the acceleration of production capacity from the two contracted manufacturers, securing the supply of vaccines within a year of their introduction in Europe and the United States and at a fraction of the price charged in rich countries.

“The rapid roll-out of new-generation pneumococcal vaccines shows how innovation and technology can be harnessed, at affordable prices, to save lives in the developing world,” World Health Organisation boss Margaret Chan said.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jRu0Y-8yVh6IxF-kxGn18wiLZtxw?docId=CNG.9d00ea2df5d6129be7cac650dbbd7208.721

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Kenya wooing Bollywood producers to shoot films there

Posted by Administrator on February 14, 2011

The tourist department of Kenya, after attracting hordes of Indian tourists, is now trying to woo Bollywood producers to shoot their films there, a top government official said today.

There has been an upswing in the number of Indian tourists flying to the African country as close to 40,000 people visited Kenya between January and October 2010, up 34% over the same period the year before.

KTB Marketing Director Jennifer Opondo said the board is now marketing Kenya as an ideal location for film shooting.

“After due diligence with the Indian film production houses, the Kenya Film Commission is expected to come out with a policy that would facilitate film shooting,” Opondo said.

“We are working in coordination with the Kenya Film Commission and are studying the dynamics of Indian film production houses so as to able to support them in their endeavours,” she said.

“The Kenya Film Commission has been acting as one stop shop for the filmmakers now, cutting across the tedious licensing regime prevalent earlier,” Opondo said.

“The commission has also started suggesting suitable sites for film shooting to the production houses visiting Kenya,” she said.

She also said that having gained foothold in the Indian market with a representative office, KTB is likely to increase promotional investments in India.

“The opening of our representative office in India last year has laid the foundation for us. All I can foresee now is there will be improvement in budget for promotional investments in India,” Opondo said.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_kenya-wooing-bollywood-producers-to-shoot-films-there_1507911

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Most Kenyans in UK ‘want to come home’

Posted by Administrator on February 14, 2011

About 80 per cent of Kenyans living in the United Kingdom want to return home permanently, a government report says.

Interestingly, 74 per cent of Kenyans with British citizenship also want to come home permanently, it adds.

In fact, the report says, those with British citizenship “do not see it as an avenue for staying permanently in Britain but as a tool to continue going there temporarily after returning permanently to Kenya.”

Respondents cited securing jobs commensurate with their skills, high cost of living and the stress associated with living in the UK as major difficulties.

The study titled: “Harnessing the Development Potential of Kenyans Living in the UK”, was carried out in October last year to widen involvement of Kenyans living in the Diaspora in national development.

A government official on Monday said the study focused on the UK because it was the leading destination for a majority of Kenyans seeking greener pastures.

Tanzania, the United States, Uganda, Canada and Germany, in that order, are the other top destinations Kenyans flock to in search of fortune, better health and education for themselves and their children.

On Monday, a Labour Migration Unit was opened at the Ministry of Labour as a one-stop shop providing migration information.

The unit was set up with the support of the International Organisation for Migration because of the need to protect Kenyans travelling, working or living abroad.

Labour PS Beatrice Kituyi said in a speech read on her behalf at the opening that for the unit to be effective, job-seekers should register with employment bureaus for their information to be captured.

“Employers with vacant positions should also register, detailing nature of jobs, skills required and salary offered,” Ms Kituyi said.

The development comes at a time when cases are on the rise of job-seekers being conned out of their money by bogus employment agencies.

“This is happening because of lack of information,” she said, adding that all employment agencies will now be registered and vetted.

“They will also be required to make regular returns giving details of jobs they are offering, the employers they are recruiting for, location, terms of services and salaries attached to these jobs,” she said.

The Foreign Affairs ministry was receiving an average of 15 distress calls a day from Kenyans abroad concerning employment-related disputes.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Most%20Kenyans%20in%20UK%20want%20to%20come%20home%20%20%20/-/1056/1107596/-/2vio93z/-/

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