Author: Anthony Rume

By Lydia Atieno Penina Mutheu, a coast resident, takes her seven-year-old to swimming and boxing classes every weekend and during school holidays to make her stay fit. The daughter started last year after the mother realized her weight was becoming too much, noting that at the time, she had hit 50kg as soon as she turned seven. “At her school, they have no playing grounds; they always go for a neighbouring school every time they have physical education class,” she says. For Penina, this was one of the reasons for weight gain, as her daughter spends most of the time at school. The private schools…

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By Agnes Kyotalengerire It is 10:00am in Agago district, northern Uganda, and it is a beehive of activities at Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital, Kalongo. Women in pairs and groups engage in domestic chores. Some peel cassava tubers and sweet potatoes, while others chop green leafy vegetables and grind sesame to make peanut paste to prepare meals. Others sit in groups of three or four, having breakfast. A few metres away, women draw water from the borehole. There is one protruding feature about the women, they are all pregnant. My curiosity compels me to ask what brings pregnant women together? They…

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Lilian Lele, a 38-year-old mother of one residing in Likoni, Mombasa City, has triumphed over her heroin addiction, thanks to efforts by Reachout Center Trust. Now in recovery, she dedicates her time as a peer educator at Reachout Centre in Mombasa.  Lele and her twin sister were raised by her grandmother after their mother was raped and killed in the Mathare Slums, Nairobi Metropolitan. Her father had also passed away. While she lived with her grandmother, women in the neighborhood encouraged the grandmother and her cousin’s mother to send the girls to an approved school. This was to prevent them…

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Whereas members of the LGBTIQ+ community in other East African countries are an endangered lot, in Rwanda, they are thrilled by efforts to guarantee and protect their fundamental human rights like all other citizens. The government of Rwanda, in partnership with local and international not-for-profit organizations, is doing everything possible to ensure that the community members have unfettered access to healthcare services. Something the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgenders, Intersexual, and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities in Uganda, for example, can only dream of given the draconian Anti-homosexual Act 2023. “It’s not like before; there were people who were depressed and wouldn’t leave…

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By Sharon Atieno Though a sunny morning in Nyawiso village, Ndhiwa sub-county, the bushy path leading to 38-year-old Judith Atieno’s home is partly wet. It had rained the previous night, so the green grass was moist, and water puddles were visible where there was bare soil, which is suitable for breeding malaria-causing mosquitoes. Ndhiwa sub-county is one of the eight sub-counties in Homa Bay County. The County is classified under the Lake endemic regions, where malaria poses a critical challenge with a prevalence rate of 19%. I find Judith and her two young children, aged three and one, seated…

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By Gift Briton   It is approaching mid-day on Wednesday. The sun beats down harshly as we navigate the narrow alleyways of Kibera, Kenya’s largest informal settlement, on the outskirts of Nairobi. Eyes follow every move we make with curious gazes tracking our progress as we meander the littered streets. After what seems like an eternity of twists and turns, we finally arrive at a local school nestled in the heart of Kibera, where we meet Maya* (not her real name). A huge smile grows on Maya’s face as we greet her. She is barely 19 but stands as a…

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“It was devastating!” This was Jackline Akinyi’s description of the loss of her daughter to rabies. The daughter’s death in January 2019 formed part of the grim global statistics of rabies deaths, which shows that Africa continues to bear the biggest burden of the disease. I was away when I got a call that a dog had attacked my daughter. I quickly returned home and rushed her to Gita Sub County Hospital,Jackline Akinyi The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, 59,000 people die from dog-mediated rabies annually. WHO, in its report ‘The Road to 2030’ notes that over 95…

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By Gift Briton There is hope in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) following the launch of Phase 3 clinical trials of a new vaccine candidate that could prevent pulmonary TB in adolescents and adults. Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI), which sponsors the clinical trial, announced the launch, noting that the Phase 3 clinical trial will assess the efficacy of the new TB vaccine candidate named M72/AS01E. “The launch of this pivotal Phase 3 trial demonstrates our commitment to harnessing the power of medical innovation to fight diseases like TB that are particularly devastating for low- and…

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