When we read these stories, it is tempting to imagine that we have got malaria cornered and that we will soon see the end of it. But, like all things, it is in looking back that we can know for sure whether we are repeating past mistakes, or making real progress.
Today – the 10th October is mental health awareness day, a time for global directed focus on this issue that is speedily becoming the leading health issue of our time. And for today, I introduce the first guest blogger on healthkenya.co.ke. I believe that you will learn something from Debra Riako, a brave young lady who shares her struggles with mental health issues.
Hospitals can help heal the body but it is rarely the place where we build our emotional and mental well-being. As I take a month of blogging break – I urge you to make your homes healthy – start by practicing empathy. Read on – and see you in September.
Once a community has enough food and medicine for its children, when girls complete secondary school and child survival is high – there is less pressure from everyone to breed.
It was hard to believe that in this day and age there are children suffering from such a preventable condition like rickets – and it was hard to hear the stories of women who are living so much below the poverty line that they can barely do much as their children deteriorate.
When someone asks – ‘Why have you taken twenty years to report this abuse ? The words are spoken in a manner that suggests that the woman is lying – ‘What are you hoping to gain from this?’ – What will it take for women to be believed?
The Commission on University Education needs to think through the promotional guidelines and change them in tune with the times. Otherwise it will make Kenyans edgy collaborators – constantly checking where on the author list they lie.
Although the Commission for University Education (CUE) may complain about the poor rate of enrollment for PhD’s – there are many reasons why the academic path is not very enticing.
More good could be done by the psychological and religious communities if they were to band together and help sexual minorities shed their self-hatred and find a respected place in society
In the face of terror – we all react in a very similar fashion. The initial shock and the intense coming together – the show of love and support. But then follows suspicion and blame.