If you have grown up in a nation where homosexuality is a normal part of life, you will not understand where I am coming from. But I write for those of us who have grown up surrounded by homophobia.
The BAKE 2016 awards are done and healthkenya.co.ke is number 2 health blog this year. Asanteni sana for your votes.
We all experience grief differently – is there anything like ‘normal grief’ ? Researchers have attempted to study bereaved people and learn more about how we cope in our many diverse ways.
My father, Mr. Mwangi Ihiga died on the 17th March 1997. He was only 52 years old – by any standards, a death that occurred way too early. I will not focus on what disease took him away, but on grief.
If a facility has no oxygen – the mother will go home either with a severely disabled baby that will need her care for the rest of his/her life or with a body to bury.
Before the introduction of free maternity services in Kenya, less than half the women in the country were delivering in hospitals. At the moment about 2 of 3 women giving birth, do so in a hospital. It is a great improvement that was meant to see a drop in child deaths. However, opening the doors for women to give birth in hospital did not come hand in hand with employment of more staff. The very same staff – who were already overstretched before 2013 – are expected to take on more clients – and operate efficiently.
But there is a big difference between those who visit witchdoctors seeking election victory, increase in wealth, to get a love potion, stop another person from succeeding, protecting their property etc AND those who visit these people desperate for a cure of a chronic illness.
This sign post is common in Kitengela. This ‘doctor’ can get rid of the tummy fat but also ‘treat all chronic diseases’. Some of these ‘doctors’ use herbs, others are ‘faith healers’ who pray and ‘break curses’ and therefore get rid of impotence, fertility problems, money and relationship problems. What is it like for children being taken to these ‘healers’?
Today, the 7th of April, the World Health Organization (WHO), is marking World Health Day by calling for action on diabetes. This is Carol aged 10, suffering the effects of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.This blog uses Carol’s own words from the interview she did with me to describe how it was living with diabetes as a child.
The Daily Nation newspaper has today(30th March) published an article I wrote on childhood diabetes.