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Prof. Miriam Were Receives Hideyo Noguchi Award

[ 2008-6-10 ]

PhotoProf. Were discusses with Dr. Ogata soon after being awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Prize

l (NACC), has won the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services which was announced by the Japanese Government in Tokyo, Japan, on March 26th, 2008.

Prof. Were was awarded the prize for her efforts to bring basic medical services and health rights to women and children in the villages of East Africa. She has been a beacon of hope for millions of people in Africa and the world over through her work with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and UZIMA Foundation, where she has been a source of inspiration for all people on the African continent.

The inaugural presentation ceremony and the initial laureate lectures coincided with the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), which was held in Yokohama, Japan from 28th to 30th May 2008.

Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, made the actual award presentation in the presence of the Japanese Emperor and Empress and many African Heads of State. Prof. Were was honored in the Medical Services category and her laureate lecture title was "Potential for Improvement in Africa's Health Through Evidence and Persistence in the Spirit of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi."

The Hideyo Noguchi prize was created in honor of Hideyo Noguchi, a prominent Japanese bacteriologist who discovered the agent of syphilis in 1911 and who died in Africa (Ghana) while working towards the development of a vaccine for virulent yellow fever.

The award, officially named The Prize in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Medical Research and Medical Services in Africa Awarded, in Memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, is managed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Later after the award ceremony, Prof. Were met and held discussions in Nairobi with the President of JICA, Sadako Ogata, regarding her future work in the health sector. Dr. Ogata was on transit to Burundi for official duties.

Project to Make Custom Clearance Faster

[ 2008-4-28 ]

PhotoICA's Director, Mr. Takahashi, hands over computers to Mr. Waweru, Kenya Revenue Authority Director

JICA, in consultation with Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania has formulated a capacity development project for customs officials of the three countries. The One Stop Border Post (OSBP) operational system project has already completed the first version of its operational model to be used by governments and the private sector. This model is expected to shorten the customs clearance time at the borders of the three countries from the present 3 days to 2 hours.

The project will also enhance efficiency and promote trade in the region through training of the custom officials working at the border custom offices of the three countries. Integration of regional economy by facilitating trade is a priority in the current African Development agenda.


JICA Alumni Help Kenya Recover

[ 2008-10-4 ]

A seminar initiated by JICA alumni has developed a series of recommendations to help Kenya continue its recovery from the recent political violence which swept the country in the wake of disputed presidential elections. The government welcomed the results and said it will act to implement them.

The conference, Management of Post Election Violence Trauma, was convened by the Japan Ex-Participants Alumni of Kenya (JEPAK) and attracted medical practitioners, teachers, retired professionals, consultants and school leavers aided by post-conflict and reconciliation experts, counselors, socialists and psychologist resource persons.

Kenya's Minister for Special Purpose Programs Dr. Naomi Shaban was guest speaker and she told the March meeting in Nairobi "This conference will indeed make a significant contribution in this phase of the crisis."

She promised her ministry would act on a series of seminar recommendations. They include forming a professional body of psychologists and mental health workers for disaster management, a volunteer service to help boost Kenya's overall ability to cope with disasters and the introduction of school courses on the importance of national unity and a 'Kenyanization' process in initiation rites.

The violence was sparked late last year following the disputed presidential elections leading to widespread physical destruction, hundreds of deaths and the displacement of several hundred thousand people. After weeks of tortuous negotiations, a political solution was reached and the country began to return to a degree of normalcy, but the seminar was designed to address the problem of long-term national healing.

JEPAK members hold an annual conference on topical issues as an ongoing way to strengthen ties between Japan and Kenya.

Escaping the Nyando Floods

[ 2008-2-14 ]

PhotoResidents of Nyando Participate in the evacuation excercise

Hundreds of villagers in Bwanda in Kenya's Nyando District participated in a successful evacuation drill that will improve their safety during floods. The area experiences severe floods almost every year when the Nyando river floods threatening hundreds of lives and property. Sometimes this happens at night when most of the villagers are unprepared.

During the exercise, the villagers demonstrated how to rescue their properties, children and the sick to safety in the shortest time possible. A temporary evacuation centre was erected during the exercise to replicate what is likely to happen in the event of a flood disaster. Members of the Red Cross were also involved in teaching the villagers first aid techniques.

Other evacuation exercises were organized in other parts of the area along the river under the Development Study on Integrated Flood Management for the Nyando River Basin program which is being assisted by JICA. As part of this project, permanent evacuation centres will be constructed.

One of the key objectives of the study is to support the communities in strengthening their capacity in flood management to counter the threats posed on their lives, livelihood and dignity. Children from the nearby primary school will also participate in a model education program on flood management to prepare them, at an early age, to cope with such disasters.

The Global Village Experience

[ 2008-2-14 ]

PhotoChildren in Japan discuss with children in Kenya (inset) via satellite

Anyone present at a satellite meeting between Kenyan and Japanese children held recently will attest to the fact that the future of the world as a global village is already with us!

Here were children from rural Kenya seated in a room at the JICA Kenya office, chatting with children in Japan and sharing lively jokes and information about each other as if they were in the same room! Their bright and eager faces told it all. Indeed the meeting had brought the children so close to each other creating understanding that no one would have imagined some years back. Yet they were so far apart - geographically.

The Kenyan children who came from seven different primary schools in Nandi district engaged Japanese children from Moriyama Primary School in Kanazawa city in an interesting live discussion and they posied questions like: What type of food do you eat? What games do you play? What subjects do you learn in school? What animals do you keep? And so on.

After about an hour and a half of exciting interaction, it was clear on the faces of both the Kenyan and Japanese children that they had had a memorable day.

The meeting was organized by the Hokuriku Africa Association in conjunction with JICA Kenya Office. It presented a unique learning experience for the children. A similar meeting was held last year.

KIMASOMASO

[ 2008-2-14 ]

A HIV/AIDS project - Strengthening of People Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS in Kenya (SPEAK)- which is supported by JICA has partnered with the BBC World Service Trust to produce and broadcast a weekly radio magazine program known as Kimasomaso targeting listeners in the East African region.

'Kimasomaso' is a Swahili word which means speaking out boldly. The programme targets the youth aged between 15 and 24 years with discussions on sexual and reproductive health (placing special emphasis on prevention of HIV/AIDS).

The programme features discussions in and out of studio, vox pops, phone in/out, drama/plays, competitions and music. It reaches and involves a wide range of resource persons including VIPs, experts, celebrities and an array of artists among people of all walks of life.

It is broadcast in Swahili in Kenya and reaches other neighbouring regions of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DRC.

Closing Ceremony - Course on Strengthening the Capacity of Grass-Root Women

[ 2007-8-30 ]

PhotoJubillant women light candles to signify the numerous things they have learnt

After 35 days of training on capacity building, 50 women from 25 districts in various parts of Kenya (two from each district) finished the course on strengthening the capacity of grass-root women for socio-economic development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The end of the course was marked at a colourful closing ceremony held on 17th August at JKUAT. This is one among a series of courses that have been conducted since 1994 by JICA in collaboration with JKUAT.

The significant role of women in socio-economic development is widely acknowledged, and hence the importance of empowering them. Quite a number of rural women are skilled in various fields, but lack the vital training to make their skills profitable in their areas of specialization. This training programme seeks to empower rural women by strengthening their capacity in socio-economic development.

Mrs. Anastasia Augo, one of the women trainees, could not hide her joy after being awarded her certificate. Speaking on behalf of all the women who attended the training course, she said that they were very honored to have been selected to take part in the training and that they had learnt a lot. Outstanding among the things they learnt is proposal writing. She added that they intend to put into application every little detail that they learnt and will also share these widely with others back in their communities.

While addressing the women, Prof. Esther Kahangi Deputy Vice Chancellor, JKUAT congratulated them and urged them to replicate and even better what their predecessors were doing. 'Results from our follow-ups and evaluations have confirmed ex-participants of this course are doing very well nationally from the skills and knowledge they acquired from this course. Some have become very successful entrepreneurs, some have good positions in the community, others have even become councilors, while many more are vying for parliamentary seats in the coming general elections.' She said.

Through a speech read on his behalf, the Vice Chancellor of JKUAT, Prof. Nick Wanjohi, requested the Ministry of Gender to look for ways in which these participants can be considered when the Women Fund launched by President Kibaki is disbursed.

Trade Training Programme for SME Exporters

[ 2007-8-30 ]

PhotoAn SME exporter displays merchandise during a trade fair

JICA in collaboration with the Export Promotion Council (EPC) held an Export and Documentation Logistic Seminar for Small and Medium Enterprise Exporters (SME) on 6th August 2007. This is the second of a series of eleven modules that are planned under the Trade Training Programme for SME Exporters. The occasion was graced by JICA Resident Representative, Mr. Yoshiaki Kano.

The purpose of the two year programme (2006-2008) is to improve the Kenyan SME Exporters'skills through the implementation of training programmes. During the project period, a Trade Training Plan and Curriculum as well as a Trade Training Manual for SMEs will be developed. The training is conducted through the delivery of eleven modules by Japanese experts.

It is expected that EPC's staff's capacity will be enhanced and there will be transfer of skills through the preparation and implementation of the trade training. The first module on Training of Trainers course was successfully completed in July this year, having covered four courses in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi respectively. So far the participation and enthusiasm in both modeles has been extremely encouraging.

Project to Enhance Blood Safety

[ 2007-8-3 ]

PhotoA laboratory technician examines blood samples for safety

Blood shortages remain one of the most nagging problems in many hospitals in the country. That is why Kenyans are continually asked to donate blood. But unsafe blood further complicates the problem even when donated blood is forthcoming. "Blood transfusion is life saving, but unsafe blood for transfusion can be life threatening," says Dr. Jack Nyamongo, Director National Blood Transfusion Service. He adds "infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria, viral hepatitis and syphilis can be transmitted through blood". Regrettably, even with the shortage in blood supply, some of the blood donated ends up being wasted due to either expiry or improper storage and handling. It is also lost during transfusion to children who require less volumes of blood than is collected in conventional blood bags. Whatever is left is wasted.

To address the issue of blood safety and curb unnecessary blood wastage, the Ministry of Health through the National Blood Transfusion Service in collaboration with JICA are implementing the project termed the "Blood Safety (MOTTAINAI) Project". Mottainai is a Japanese word that embraces the spirit of not wasting resources. It was introduced in the international arena by Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai.

The project activities cover the National Blood Transfusion Service in Nairobi, the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre in Nakuru and three model hospitals: Nakuru Provincial General Hospital; Koibatek District Hospital and Naivasha District Hospital. The project aims to develop, demonstrate and apply as national standard, approaches to safe, appropriate and efficient use of blood and blood products. It will therefore sensitize all staff involved in the blood transfusion chain on the appropriate clinical use of blood.

The project is introducing, albeit on pilot basis, preparation of smaller pack volumes for children. It is also working in increasing awareness on the use of blood products which still remains unknown among the majority of Kenyans.

Researcher Returns From Studies in Japan

[ 2007-7-10 ]

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Dr. Charles Mutua has recently returned to Kenya after a three year JICA sponsored doctoral programme in Japan. His scope of research was human wildlife conflict. Before going to Japan Dr. Mutua was based at the Aberdares National Park and his job involved wildlife research, monitoring programmes in ecology, and also human wildlife conflict.

Dr. Mutua, who also holds a Master of Philosophy in ecological monitoring and a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management says he loves his job of wildlife conservation and management.

"Solutions to human/wildlife conflict cannot be identical because the nature of conflict varies from one area to another and hence the answers must be site specific" says Dr. Mutua. His research involved living among a community affected by the human/wildlife conflict and he focused on quantifying in monetary terms the extent of damage afflicted by wildlife to the community. His research findings will be of great use to KWS(Kenya Wildlife Service), wildlife conservation organizations and the academia at large.

We at JICA congratulate Dr. Mutua for attaining his PhD, and are certain that he will make a positive contribution to the issues of human/wildlife conflict.

"Donou" Technology to Ease Transport of Produce

[ 2007-7-3 ]

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Farmers in the Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment Project (SHEP)- districts, i.e. Nyandarua, Kisii Central, Trans-Nzoia and Bungoma, will benefit from application of "Donou" technology to repair damaged road sections. This technology is expected to ease transportation of farm inputs and horticultural produce to the markets. Hitherto, the farmers experienced delayed supplies of inputs and difficulties in horticultural produce reaching the markets.

A group of farmers, who are HIV Positive, and orphans have taken lead in the first trial of "Donou" technology in Africa. This group of farmers, in Suneka, Kisii Central, if successful, will be a model for the technology to be replicated in other parts of Africa. The farmers are determined to facilitate easy flow of inputs into their farms and expedite horticulture marketing.

The technology has been successfully applied in Asia and is popular due to use of locally available materials and active participation of the beneficiaries. The "Donou" technology involves use of tough polythene bags filled with locally available materials e.g. soil or murram. The bags are filled with materials of 0.016 cubic meters by volume and weighs about 20 to 25 kgs depending on the materials used. Due to the small size and weight, the donou bags can easily be carried around by one person, including women.

The damaged road sections are excavated to about 25 cm deep and the donou bags are arranged and compacted. The bags are later covered with murram to the initial road level. Research indicates that a donou bag can withstand 25 tons. of weight. This technology can easily be applied in various bad road sections of rural roads in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.

JICA supports Nakuru Community Environment Resource Centre

[ 2007-5-15 ]

In May this year, JICA in collaboration with the Municipal council of Nakuru and other agencies opened a Community Environment Resource Centre in Nakuru town. The centre, which is located at the National Library Services, is expected to enhance environmental awareness and education for the residents of Nakuru.

The centre has an interactive information exchange section based on 'open knowledge' network, which allows centre users to share experiences with 13 similar community centres in East and Central Africa. It also has literature on community development enterprises, business development, environmental management and other social issues experienced in the community. The literature is in form of Journals, books, newsletters, brochures, audio, video and VCDs. Also available in the centre is a Nakuru Local Urban Observatory which is a geographical information system database that enables one to tour Nakuru from a computer within seconds.

The centre targets large patronage from school children who will be responsible for the environment in future. It intends to expose them to environmental education and conservation practices at an early age so they can be the custodians of the environment when they grow up. Adults are also encouraged to use the facility to inform themselves on environmental issues.

JAPAN DONATES VEHICLES FOR HIV/AIDS

[2006]

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The Government of Japan has donated six vehicles to Kenya's Ministry of Health to be used in the control of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nakuru, Kericho, Bomet, Nyamira, Gucha and Bondo districts.

The vehicles fitted with audio-visual equipment, generators and tents are worth Ksh.19.5 million and are part of Japan's on-going support to the Ministry of Health. They will be used as mobile Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) facilities in the rural areas.

JICA Resident Representative, Kenya Office, Mr Yoshiaki Kano, presented the vehicles to Kenya's Minister for Health, Hon. Charity Ngilu, at the Ministry's headquarters in Nairobi, recently.

Mr Kano said the Government of Japan had already supported the Ministry of Health with KShs 500 million to rehabilitate and equip16 health centers in Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces.

"The Government of Japan had also accepted to rehabilitate and equip Kisii and Kericho district hospitals," Mr Kano added. "I hope this will make a significant contribution to the improvement of health to the people of Kenya particularly in the rural areas."

PhotoJICA Kenya Office Director, Mr Yoshiaki Kano, presents the six vehicles to Health Minister, Mrs Charity Ngilu.

The Minister noted with appreciation that JICA had supported NASCOP !! National AIDS and STI Control Programme - in the Ministry of Health with other activities such as training of VCT counselors, test kits and JOCV volunteers in the Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces.

"Reports from the affected districts show that the number of people already accessing the VCT services, are already on the increase and this is a clear positive result of Japan's assistance to the people of Kenya," Hon. Ngilu said.


Handing over of equipment at KWS

[2006]

PhotoH.E. President Mwai Kibaki and the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Shigeo Iwatani shake hands after the official commissioning of the Sondu Miriu Hydro Power Plant

JICA has donated equipment worth KSh2.25 million to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to boost production of its educational materials for school children and local communities.

Mr. Kazuhiko Tokuhashi, JICA Deputy Resident Representative, handed over the equipment to the Director of KWS at its headquarters in Nairobi. They included video editing machine, computers, software for desktop publishing, printers, copiers and scanners.

The Director said the items would be very useful for dissemination of conservation education which was part of KWS wider undertaking. "These will go a long way in improving the activities of KWS all over the country," he said.

He commended JICA for its continued assistance to KWS and hoped this relationship would prosper in the future. "JICA has assisted us with similar equipment in the past and this has helped in the improvement of the activities of the education department of KWS," he said.

Mr Tokuhashi said KWS has been implementing the project on Strengthening of Wildlife Conservation Education with JICA support. This will be contribute to capacity building of education officers at KWS on how to develop educational tools, materials, facilities and equipment.

The equipment donated to KWS will enable such officers to achieve their objectives, he said. Some of the educational materials will include documentary films, videos, slides, posters, and booklets among others.

One of the computers donated will be used to prepare database for animals in the orphanage at KWS and the Nairobi Safari Walk which attracts thousands of a school children every year.

KWS has in the past received JICA experts and volunteers in the field of education and conservation. Mr. Tokuhashi promised that his assistance will continue in order to strengthen the Conservation Education project.

CHANGE COMES TO A DUSTY SLUM

[2005]

PhotoWomen at Birikani slum in Voi learn tailoring to help themselves generate income.

Birikani village on the outskirts of Voi town in Kenya is a dusty slum where everyone is evidently poor. But women in the village have over the years worked hard to pull themselves out of poverty. As early as 1990s, they formed Birikani women group and engaged themselves in income-generating activities.

One of the activities that they engaged themselves in was the launching of their own clean water kiosks with pipes donated to them by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the neighbouring Tsavo East National Park. They sold the water to their fellow villagers and made some profit which they shared.

It was during this period that they met Ms. Chiaki Nakamura, a Japanese researcher on elephants in Tsavo East National Park. One of her research activities was the effect of wildlife conflict with communities living around national parks and this was how she came to be involved in the activities of Birikani women's group. She wanted to involve the community in her research and soon got closer to the Birikani women group to learn more about how they relate to the animals in the park.

PhotoOne of the women learning tailoring demonstrates her skills to a Japanese who visited the project.

To improve their income, the women had also started a tailoring activity since 1993 and when they met Ms. Nakamura, they requested her for assistance to expand the tailoring workshop. "I asked the African Elephant Fund International, Japan,for assistance particularly to give some funds for the project and building of some classrooms because the women were also keen on adult literacy," says Ms. Nakamura.

JICA Kenya Office Resident Representative, Mr. Yoshiaki Kano, at a recent visit to the project said he was impressed with what the women were doing do to improve their lives. "JICA would whenever possible assist them in the future," he promised.

With the funds from the Elephant Fund International, the women purchased more tailoring machines and improved their skills to levels where they sat for government trade examinations. Many have passed these grades and now get tenders to supply tailored goods to governments and NGOs. Through Ms. Nakamura, the women have also been able to sell some of their products in Japan and got reasonable income.

As one woman said, "If we do not generate income to support our families, villagers are tempted to enter the park and engage themselves in illegal activities such as poaching."

KENYA MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (KEMRI) DEVELOPS HIV TESTING KITS

[2005]

PhotoDr. Fredrick Okoth who was involved in the development of HIV test kit for a long time in one of KEMRI's laboratories.

With HIV infection taking a major toll on the Kenyan population, KEMRI's development of cheap and easy to use test kits could not have come at a better time. Everywhere in Kenya, blood for transfusion and for determining a person's status can be tested in a very short time.

Before the end of the year, KEMRI will complete a Ksh.760 million test kit production unit which is seen as major success in the fight against HIV/AIDS not only in Kenya but all over Africa where the kit will be available. The project has been implemented with support of the Japanese Government through JICA.

Dr. Fredrick Okoth who has been involved in the development of the HIV test kit for many years says the Kenya Government has been depending on donations for HIV diagnostic kits which were not always available and this created a setback in the fight against HIV spread.

With material and expertise assistance from JICA, KEMRI was able to develop two types of HIV test kits – the PA and Kemcom. PA can test for HIV 1 strain while Kemcom tests both HIV 1 strain and HIV 2. The kits are simple to use and can be used anywhere in the country even where there is no electricity. Their results are also easily interpreted even with a naked eye. The kits also sell at a fraction of the cost of imported ones.

Scientists at KEMRI say that other than being cheaper than imported ones, the kits are highly sensitive and also specific making them very accurate in the diagnostic process. The sensitivity means that the kits are able to pick up even low levels of HIV surface antigens while specificity allows the kits to identify specific antigens.

To popularize the kits, KEMRI has been training local laboratory technicians as well as others from African countries in a programme that is supported by JICA. Such trainings have attracted many participants from many African countries.

However, KEMRI had to develop Kemcom 2 in order to comply with the World Health Organisation's requirement that all commercial HIV test kits must be able to detect both strains of the virus. HIV 2 antigens are obtained from West Africa.

The Ksh.760 million production facility of the kits at the KEMRI headquarters has the capability to produce kits for local use and even for export to other countries which have approved the kits.

Also with assistance from the Japanese Government, KEMRI has improved its laboratory to P3 level to enable scientists to work more effectively with the HIV virus. This is one of most sophisticated laboratories in the sub-Saharan Africa.

"Collaboration with Japanese research institutions and JICA experts posted to KEMRI has also been a major contributing factor to the success of the development of the HIV tests kits," says Dr. Okoth. "Without JICA's assistance, we would probably have not made the breakthrough that we have had in such a short period of time, he says.

KENYA MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (KEMRI) DEVELOPS HEPATITIS B KIT

[2005]

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One in every three people in some communities in Kenya cannot donate blood because they are infected with the Hepatitis B virus even though they may appear healthy.

Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver, has five main strains. These are A,B,C,D and E all which can cause illness lasting several weeks. But it is the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) strain that is most serious and is known to be the major cause of liver cancer in Kenya.

"Prevalence of the HBV varies in different regions of Kenya but it seems to affect nomadic communities more where almost 30 per cent of the entire population are carriers of the virus," says KEMRI's research scientist Dr. Fredrick A. Okoth who has been involved in hepatitis research for many years.

The commonest way of transmitting Hepatitis is through blood transfusion. It is therefore important to screen blood before transfusion to reduce chances of contracting the virus. To do this, very special kits are needed to identify infected blood.

"In Kenya, most of the kits that were available in the past were imported and quite expensive," says Dr. Okoth. "But from the late 80's, KEMRI came up with a programme to develop a kit locally that would be less expensive and easier to use."

Initially the materials to manufacture the kit were obtained from Japan but today KEMRI obtains them locally. Indeed from the early 90s, KEMRI developed a testing kit called Hepcell, that was distributed to provincial hospitals in Kenya. It also trained laboratory staff from these hospitals on how to use it and indeed it became very popular in government hospitals because it was cheap and effective.

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The kit could also be used all over the country even in areas where there was no electricity. It was also easy to transport without damage. The kit was eventually approved for use in all government hospitals and in 2000, the government accepted to purchase it for all its hospitals as it was costing just a fraction of the imported ones.

The kits are now widely used in all government and mission hospitals as well as in blood transfusion centers all over the country. This has created a big demand as bigger quantities are needed. To cope with this demand, KEMRI with support from JICA is developing a production unit which will be completed before the end of the year.

Many African countries are also taking interest in the Hepcell kit. To familiarize other people from other African countries in the use of the kit, KEMRI, with support of JICA has been training laboratory staff from these countries in a programme called Third Country Training Programme on how to use the kit effectively. As a result other African countries are using the kits in their hospitals.

"We consider the development of Hepcell kit as a major breakthrough for KEMRI as it is now possible to interrupt the spread of the virus which affects nearly 10 per cent of the Kenyan population," says Dr. Okoth

VOLUNTEERS HOLD HIROSHIMA PEACE EXHIBITION

[2005]

Some Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) recently organized an exhibition at the Japan Cultural Center in Nairobi in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing in 1945. The exhibition which included many photographs of the town taken before and after the bombing showed the wanton destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the untold deaths and human suffering that followed. Hundreds of Kenyans who visited the exhibition were shocked by the effects of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and expressed the view that nuclear bombs should be banned from the earth. The exhibition also included a moving documentary on the same catastrophe.

PhotoSome of the many Kenyans who attended the exhibition that demonstrated the effects of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

PhotoSome of the many Kenyans who attended the exhibition that demonstrated the effects of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

PhotoThe JOCV Volunteers who organized the exhibition.


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