Treating children for worms yields health and financial gains

A 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: economics fas health-medicine national-bureau-of-economic-research uc-berkeley kenya deworming edward-miguel michael-kremer

Phyllis Omido: The woman who won $12m fighting lead battery poisoners

Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido has been ignored, harassed and arrested, but she never gave up.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution kenya mombasa

Researchers investigate a plague of locusts in East Africa

Researcher looks to sequence the pest’s genome as part of push to find a safer alternative to dangerous pesticides

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 30, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: science-technology kenya locusts dino-martins east-africa locust-plague locusts-plague swarms

With construction paused, let's rethink roads and railway projects to protect people and nature

Road and rail construction is booming in sub-Saharan Africa, but the pandemic has brought a welcome pause for reflection.

Brock Bersaglio, Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of Birmingham • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: kenya wildlife roads tanzania zambia sub-saharan-africa railways motorways

East African herders drank milk 5,000 years ago

Traces of milk in ancient pots indicate that east African herders were consuming dairy 5,000 years ago.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture archaeology food kenya livestock tanzania science-and-technology milk dairy

The audacious plan that could save a species

With only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both female - extinction seems a certainty.

By Clare Spencer • bbcnews
April 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: conservation animals kenya rhinos

Coronavirus: what might more hand washing mean in countries with water shortages?

More than two billion people live without reliable access to clean water.

Raya A. Al-Masri, PhD Researcher in Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  water  world-health-organization  kenya  water-crisis  clean-water

How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya

Many informal workers will not be able to take the precautions that health authorities suggest.

Njeri Kinyanjui, Senior Research Fellow, University of Nairobi • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  informal-sector  kenya  informal-economy

One of Kenya's last big 'tusker' elephants dies aged 50

Tim the elephant had tusks so long, they reached the ground. He died of natural causes.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Feb. 5, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: kenya wildlife-conservation endangered-species elephants

Lay counselors help kids in East Africa cope with trauma

Lay counselors successfully helped children in East Africa cope with grief and stress following the death of a parent, a new study shows.

U. Washington • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: trauma therapy kenya childrens-health emotions tanzania featured health-and-medicine

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