Dr. Cathy Kamanze pose with some of the football players

Dr. Cathy Kamanze pose with some of the football players

The spirit of giving back to the community is a noble cause that should be embraced and engaged in by organizations as it’s about making a difference in the society and in people’s lives without focusing on the monetary potential of the supporting entities. In November, 2014, the same concept was hatched to organize a football tournament dubbed Dr. Cathy Kamanze 7-Aside Cup held in Jericho, Nairobi within the Eastland’s suburban. The function saw different neighborhood teams register for the competition, of which they were not regular or usual national football clubs in the country. Loaded with the knowledge of the area and the modus operandi, she made a decision to not follow the conventional way of doing things and decided to adjust the norm by making the day livelier for the attendees in a much different way. The tournament and the cup brought many players and spectators together. This event provided an opportunity to encourage the youth to shun criminal activities that may land them in trouble, but try to manage time by doing beneficial and constructive activities. With her dedicated support, Dr. Cathy hopes to do more for the community in the coming years as a way of giving back through sports that bring people together despite cultural backgrounds differences which she termed as a tool for development and peace. Such activities help the youth realize their talents, identify their strengths and weakness in the games and also extend the same worthy cause to others in the community.



From left: Kenya Medical Research Institute Director Solomon Mpoke, CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro, and mHealth Kenya Chief Executive Officer Dr.Cathy Mwangi during the commissioning of the culture media project and human DNA identification laboratory at the institution


A National Crime Forensic Laboratory at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has been commissioned in Nairobi. James Kimotho, who heads the Production Department at Kemri, said the facility which cost Sh1 billion will support and strengthen Government institutions like the Ministry of Health and the Criminal Investigations Department. CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro said the laboratory will supplement the current national capacity to conduct human DNA identification, adding that the country has in some occasions been forced to send DNA samples abroad. “With the challenges of crimes in the country, a modern and scientific method of investigations is useful. We are dealing with a liberal society where witness protection is not very strong and therefore we should present a case using scientific efforts,” said Mr Muhoro. The two spoke during the official opening of Kemri DNA facilities and the commissioning of the Medical Culture Media Production Line in addition to celebrating the attainment of ISO international quality standards. Muhoro said the facility will boost disaster victim identification, adding that after the Westgate terror attack, they were forced to take some samples overseas for forensic analysis. “Taking DNA samples to foreign countries for forensic analysis is usually expensive, time wasting and affects the country’s reputation in development of science and technology,” said Dr Kimotho. He said medical laboratories in Kenya and the region in general lack adequate equipment and systems to prepare the much needed ready-touse culture media for diagnosis of infectious diseases and testing for microbial drug resistance. As a result, he said the need for manufacturing it is enhanced by the short shelf-lives nature of the readyto- use culture media that are usual ly imported from developed countries as they often expire shortly after being received by laboratories. “This among other factors makes them very expensive and inaccessible to most laboratories, leading to under- diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of infectious diseases that could result in loss of lives or poor health,” he said. In a speech which was presented by the Secretary of Administration in the Ministry of Health Francis Musyimi, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the new project would improve the turnaround time for accurate laboratory diagnosis of infectious agents hence improving the overall quality of healthcare in the country. “Many laboratories in Kenya lack adequate equipment and quality management system to guarantee quality results. As a result, various infectious diseases such as typhoid are not diagnosed early enough as prescribed by good clinical practice requirements,” he said. Muhoro said the facility will boost the services of criminal investigations by helping resolve crime faster.

Source: Standard Newspaper of 25th February, 2015



The 2014 ICT Value Awards


The ICT Association of Kenya takes pride to celebrate the following organizations and persons who were voted for their inspiration and excellence under the various categories. Overall Winners in each category were feted at the Gala Dinner to be held on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The winners are

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Kemsa’s e-mobile app offers patients instant drugs data

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Next time you fall sick and need a drug for treatment just press *651# and find out if it is available or out of stock in the nearest health facility for your next course of action.

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) in a public private partnership has launched Kemsa e-mobile application to provide patients information about availability of drugs in public hospitals.
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mHealth Kenya: To save a life dial, *652#

Dial *652# — That’s what it takes to potentially save a life in Kenya. I learned that from Dr. Cathy Mwangi, head of the CDC Foundation’s Mobile Post Exposure Prophylaxis (mPEP) initiative, launched in Kenya in 2013. The goal of the project is simple in words, but complex in action: to reduce the risks for health workers of contracting an infectious disease like HIV through an occupational exposure to the virus. But how, the question was asked, can caregivers provide the intensive follow-up required after a practitioner is exposed to HIV?
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