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Inauguration of Mahatma Gandhi Library in Kenya To Be Sooner Than Expected

India has fulfilled its promise of renovating Mahatma Gandhi library in Kenya in a record time of less than three years

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India has fulfilled its promise of renovating Mahatma Gandhi library in Kenya in a record time of less than three years. Wikimedia Commons

India has fulfilled its promise of renovating Mahatma Gandhi library in Kenya in a record time of less than three years and it will be inaugurated soon.

According to the Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra’s office, the Mahatma Gandhi library at University of Nairobi will be inaugurated soon as the renovation work has been completed.

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India has fulfilled its promise of renovating Mahatma Gandhi library in Kenya in a record time of less than three years. Wikimedia Commons

The renovation of the library was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kenya in July 2016 through a grant of $1 million by Indian government.

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The officials said that Mahatma Gandhi library has been a symbol of long history of friendship and cultural relations between the University of Nairobi and the people of India dating back to 1952 when Indian community in Kenya had contributed to build a college of Arts, Science and Commerce as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. (IANS)

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Kenya Third African Country to Roll Out World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Young children in eight western Kenyan counties will receive the RTS, S malaria vaccine, developed by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline

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A health worker vaccinates a child against malaria, in Ndhiwa, Homabay County, western Kenya, Sept. 13, 2019, during the launch of a malaria vaccination campaign in the country. VOA

Kenya has become the third African country to roll out the world’s first malaria vaccine. Young children in eight western Kenyan counties will receive the RTS, S malaria vaccine, developed by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Africa continues to bear the greatest brunt of malaria globally and the introduction of the vaccine in parts of Africa is seen as a possible game changer in the fight against the killer disease.

Mothers and children lined up at a health center in Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County, on Friday to receive their first injection of the RTS,S malaria vaccine.

The vaccine will be administered in four doses to children between six months and two years old.

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A clinic handbook is given to new mothers free of charge upon delivery at health facilities all over the country. The book contains vaccination schedules and information materials. (R. Ombuor/VOA) VOA

The program is being facilitated by Kenya’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the global nonprofit PATH and other partners.

Scott Gordon, director for the malaria vaccine implementation program at PATH, was present at the launch and spoke to VOA by phone.

“Given the malaria burden here in Kenya where it’s one of the leading causes of childhood killers as well as the burden in the other countries, today’s launch is a tremendous step.  It means we have a tool that can be used in selected areas in Kenya to combat malaria and ensure that children are able to benefit from the broader portfolio of tools for malaria,” Gordon said.

Malawi, Ghana and Kenya are participating in the malaria vaccine implementation program coordinated by the WHO.

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At least 360,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine each year in the three countries.

The Homa Bay County minister for health, Richard Otieno Muga, says the vaccine will be one more tool for fighting malaria.

“Introduction of vaccines is one of the interventions but already we have insecticide treated nets, we also have indoor residual spraying in which we carry out to be able to fight Malaria which is a major killer for most of our children,” Muga said.

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Kenya has become the third African country to roll out the world’s first malaria vaccine. Pixabay

The WHO says Africa accounts for 90 percent of malaria cases and deaths globally.

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The program will run through 2022, with scientists studying the rollout to gauge the effectiveness of the vaccine. (VOA)