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Zawadi Juluis Saidi had reconstructive surgery on her cleft lip at a Dar es Salaam hospital. African children
face huge barriers to surgery. Reuters/Sala Lewis

Joseph Kimani Wanjeri, University of Nairobi

About 6% of all children worldwide are born with a birth defect. More than 300 000 babies with birth defects die annually within a month of being born.

The most common birth defects are those that affect the skull or facial bones such as cleft lips and palates. These happen when parts of the developing face fail to fuse in the early months of pregnancy. A cleft lip affects facial appearance.

The cause of cleft palates is largely unknown. Some studies have suggested that poor nutrition, infections, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and certain medicines during pregnancy may be responsible. Inherited defective genes have also been identified as a probable cause.

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The University of Nairobi’s KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India, have established and initiated a collaboration to spear head vaccine development through enhanced technology.



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The newly elected University of Nairobi Student Association (UNSA) leaders have met the University Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.Speaking during the meeting,Prof. Mbithi thanked the students for conducting themselves responsibly during the electioneering period and eventually emerging victorious in the student elections.

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The University of Nairobi has entered into talks with Uganda’s second leading University and will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will detail how it will strengthen its cooperation with Kyambogo University.This was revealed when the Vice-Chancellor Kyambogo University Prof.

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Mully Childrens Family (MCF) Founder, Dr. Charles Mulli, shared philanthropy insights with the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi on how best to develop the next generation of leaders.Speaking on his own experiences, Dr.

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