Global Fund Cancels Kenya’s Sh 12 Billion Application Over Flawed Process

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The Global Fund has rejected an application by Kenya to access about Sh12.4 billion to fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, over what they termed as “failure to comply with the eligibility criteria of ensuring an open and transparent principal recipient selection process”.

“The process did not comply with the eligibility criteria of ensuring an open and transparent principal recipient selection process, based on clearly defined and objective criteria,” the Fund says in a recent report.

This was occasioned by the country’s decision to drop Kenya Red Cross Society and appoint Amref Kenya as the sole recipient of the funds.

Previously, the funds were managed by at least two major NGOs, mostly Amref and the Kenya Red Cross.

The Global Fund partnership mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.

The Fund had already allocated Kenya a total of Sh42 billion (US$415,310,170) for the 2020-2022 period, to be utilized beginning July next year.

Seventy per cent of the funds would be transferred to the Treasury while the remaining 30 per cent would be channeled to one or more selected non-governmental organisations (called non-state principal recipients), who would then subgrant smaller NGOs in the country.

A 23-member committee called the Kenya Coordinating Mechanism (KCM), which is chaired by Health PS Susan,is incharged of selecting the NGO’s (non-state principal recipients).

Some KCM members protested the decision by the Ministry Of Health to kick the Kenya Red Cross out of the fund and refused to sign the application that Kenya sent to the GF on August 31.

“The Global Fund recommends that the KCM cancels the non-state PR selection process as submitted to the Global Fund Secretariat on 31 August 2020 given the significant flaws noted in the financial evaluation part of the procurement process,” the Fund said.

Global Fund asked Kenya to present a fresh application by 5 pm on Monday.

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COVID-19 Cases in Kenya Decline

Rashid Aman, Chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Kenya has been slowing down in the last couple of weeks.

According to Rashid Aman, Chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, the country has been on course to flattening the COVID-19 curve, owing to strict adherence to containment measures like hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing.

“The country’s declining COVID-19 infections and fatalities is a reaffirmation that adherence to public health guidelines like proper hygiene, wearing of face masks and avoiding large gatherings have paid dividends,” he said.

Rashid Aman however, cautioned Kenyans not to get complacent and risk triggering another wave of infections.

“Flouting of the containment measures by our people remains a major concern. The mandatory requirement of wearing a face mask in public places is not being adhered to in many parts of the country,” the CAS stated.

According to the latest reports issued by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, only 104 new positive COVID-19 cases were recorded from 2,285 samples tested since Tuesday.

8 people succumbed to COVID-19 related complications in Kenya on Wednesday, bringing the total deaths caused by Coronavirus in the country to 607. On Tuesday, there were no fatalities recorded.

 “Today, we have not registered any death from the disease. Our fatality therefore still remains at 599. We thank our healthcare workers for the good work they are doing in saving the lives of our people,” said CAS, Dr. Rashid.

Kenya has recorded 35,460 COVID-19 cases since March when the first infection was detected, while the total number of recoveries in the country as at Wednesday stood at  21, 557.

Last Saturday, the country recorded 164 patients from 3,009 samples were analyzed a day before and on Monday, the number of new infections recorded dropped to 102  out of a sample size of 2,668 people.

The total number of samples tested in Kenya so far is 445,722.158.

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26 Year Old Ghanian Entrepreneur, Charlette N’Guessan, Becomes First Woman to Win Prestigious Engineering Prize

Charlette N’Guessan becomes the first woman to win Prestigious engineering prize

26-year-old entrepreneur, Charlette N’Guessan, has become the first woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering prestigious 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

N’Guessan, who is based in Ghana,  and her team developed BACE API, a software that uses facial recognition and artificial intelligence to verify identities remotely. The software can be integrated into existing apps and systems and is aimed at financial institutions and other industries that rely on identity verification when providing services.

The BACE API software uses a phone or computer’s built-in camera and does not need special hardware, and in contrast to global AI systems, has been developed specifically to identify Africans.

N’Guessan wins the first prize of Sh3.5 million (£25,000). At the virtual awards ceremony held on 3 September 2020, four finalists delivered presentations, before Africa Prize judges, and a live audience voted for the most promising engineering innovation.

“Being part of the Africa Prize has given us such confidence. We focus on Africa because we want to make sure BACE API is used by our people and works for them. We are so grateful to the Academy, and cannot wait to take our innovation to new heights,” said N’Guessan.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK in 2014, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation and has a proven track record of identifying successful engineering entrepreneurs. Now in its sixth year, it supports talented sub-Saharan African entrepreneurs with engineering innovations, that address crucial problems in their communities in a new and appropriate way.

Two innovators from Uganda and one from Nigeria were the three three runners up. They will each receive Sh1.4 million (£10,000).

  • Farmz2U, Aisha Raheem from Nigeria – a digital platform that provides farmers with tailored agricultural data to improve their experience and efficiency.
  • PapsAI, Dr William Wasswa from Uganda – a low-cost digital microscope that speeds up cervical cancer screening diagnosis, and systems to improve patient record management.
  • Remot, David Tusubira from Uganda – a system that manages off-grid power grids by monitoring the condition of solar arrays.

 

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POACHER – Kenyan Film Set to Air on Netflix

Poacher, becomes first Kenyan Film on Netflix

By Winnie Kabintie

The award-Winning Kenyan film, Poacher, starring one of Kenya’s best actors, Brian Ogola, will be airing on Netflix, for the first time since it’s production.

Poacher, a conservation film shot at Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary in Tsavo Kenya, is set to premiere on the global streaming service on September 30.

After a 4-year journey, we are enormously proud to announce that our short award-winning Kenyan crime thriller ‘Poacher’ will be available on Netflix from 30th September. Filmed and produced at the Rukinga Wildlife Conservancy & the Nyika Bird Sanctuary in Tsavo Kenya, it is a testament to the tenacious and extraordinary talent involved that this independent film will now be available to stream to a global audience,” the film’s director, Tom Whitworth announced on Facebook.

The film, Poacher, which is directed by Tom Whitworth, tells the story of a desperate farmer who runs into trouble after stealing a stash of blood ivory from a gang of international terrorists. The film seeks to highlight the significant international issue of illegal ivory trade by addressing the plight of Africa’s endangered elephant population.

CastBrian Ogola as Mutua, Davina Leonard as Nicola Betts, Lenny Juma as Juma, Shiviske Shivisi as Ngina, Olwenya Maina as Hassan.

Poacher (2018) was released in August 2018, having been screened at the Short To The Point (STTP) Festival, where it was won a Best Editing Award. The had it’s Kenyan premiere on 10 November 2018 at the ANGA IMAX Theatre during the Kalasha International Film Awards.

Netflix, a US-based internet streaming TV rolled was introduced in the Kenyan market in 2016, amidst criticism from the Kenya Film Classification Board. Netflix, which was established in 1997 started its subscription-based service in 1999.

NETFLIX APPOINTS KENYA’S PRODUCER DOROTHY GHETUBBA MANAGER INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS

Last year, Kenyan award-winning TV producer and CEO Spielworks Media, Dorothy Ghettuba was hired by global streaming company Netflix as its manager for International Originals.

In 2018 Netflix announced plans to commission original shows from Africa by 2019.

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, based in Malawi, but featuring Kenyan actors, including the star actor Maxwell Simba, who plays William, is among the African films commissioned by Netflix.

Netflix also bought Nollywood’s movie, Lionheart, by Genevieve Nnaji in September 2018.

Kenyans Elated! 

Brian Ogola, was full of excitement after getting the green light to finally make public the news about the film airing on Netflix.

“Can’t believe I kept this off social media for weeks! but i’m finally happy to hare the good news. Poacher will be available on Netflix from September 3oth. It’s been two years since we made this film and it feels so good to see it soar to these heights. congratulations to the entire team,” he said on an Instagram post.

Below are some of the remarks shared by players in the local TV and film industry.

Zippy Okoth: I have felt some excitement seeing the first Kenyan drama on Netflix. Surely this for me is Hope. Yes Hope at last, hope for many of the Kenyan producers, hope for the Kenyan Film Industry and Hope for Midlife Crisis… My people, Kenya has arrived. Let’s all rejoice for this team that have broken the wall for many of us to follow. Cheers to the Poacher Team.

Gregory Kiwo: Today mad props to my boy Brian Ogola, the face of Kenya on Netflix, Poacher the movie coming out in September. If you didn’t know now you know. Expect nothing less than delivery. Fun fact he had to go and watch poaching documentaries to get in character.

George Smith:  Kenyan Content on Netflix. This is such a Big Win!
Congrats to all those who took part in this. Brian Ogola.

Ogola Rickie: Super elated and proud of my brother Brian Ogola. Congratulations for honoring your talent and honing its skills to an international platform.
Exceedingly proud! Catch ‘Poacher’ on Netflix on the 30th of September.

Ruth Ndulu Maingi: This is only the beginning, pace has already been set. The ground already set. Well in poacher; Brian Ogola, Bellel Mohammed and the team.

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Moses Kuria Admitted in Hospital over COVID-19

Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, down with Covid-19.

Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, has been admitted at the Karen hospital for the last 27 days battling Covid-19.

Kuria made the revelation on Wednesday and urged Kenyans to remain vigilant saying, coronavirus is real.

I really hope that beyond all the debate around Covid-19, all and sundry will not forget that Corona Virus is real. The worst thing we can do is to lower our guard!” said Moses Kuria.

Kuria further called on Kenyans to remember front line workers who put their lives on the line of danger to give care to Corona Virus patients.

“And above all let us remember our gallant front line workers- Not just doctors and nurses like but subordinate staff who put their lives in the line of danger to give care to Corona Virus patients. If you are in a hospital bed- Like myself for the last 27 days here at Karen Hospital you witness first hand the amount of sacrifice they make amid vert difficult circumstances,” said Kuria.

Corona Virus in Kenya

The country recorded 114 new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 34,315 318. Total recoveries stand at 20,211 and the number of deaths is 577 so far.

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