Category: Health

Mariam Mwakombo ( in yellow) with her mother-in-law Chizi Ndune at their home at Mreroni area in Jomvu, Mombasa County. Mwakombo gave birth to a baby girl with a rare condition. Picture: Atieno Akumu 0

Baby born without eyes buried in grandmother’s hut

Heavy breathing and a struggling choke is what welcomes us to 22-year-old Mariam Mwakombo’s house at Mreroni Village, Jomvu Constituency. A close look reveals a small bundle wrapped in lesso struggling to breathe from...

Some of the drugs sold in Kenya are fake . This leads to death of many unsuspecting patients. Picture :David Mbewa 0

Red flag raised over rise in fake drug deaths

Over 100,000 people die daily as a result of consuming counterfeit medicine. According to the Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) “fake drugs kill more people than terrorism”. Speaking recently during the operational...

Evans Odenyo has taken initiative to bring safe sex messages closer to the youths. Photo Joyce Chimbi 0

Youth Football Dribble for Safe Sex

When youths drawn from the Mathare Youth Sports Association took to the field recently for one of their major football tournaments, the teams were not playing for money or a trophy. In an attempt...

Dr. Fred Bukachi a cardiologist and lecturer at the University of Nairobi 0

More Kenyan children at risk of hypertension

Three boys have just arrived in a rural homestead in Embu County from their Nairobi home and in excitement joined their two cousins in joyful union which spread into child play involving running around...

A farmer in Nyeri County prepares his carrots to be transported to the market.Residents of Nyeri County are blaming the county government for not engaging them when preparing the budget.Picture:David Mbewa 0

Public get raw deal in budget participation  

Even as counties and national governments read their 7th budgets under the new constitution, it emerged that the spirit of citizen participation in the budget-making process is a total sham. This affects services delivery,...

Lucy Ndirangu marking her register as she prepares to make her next round in Mwiki,Kasarani.Picture:Joyce Chimbi 0

Family Planning a key health and development issue

A certified Community Health Worker, Lucy Ndirangu is often seen around her neighbourhood in Mwiki, Kasarani in Nairobi County distributing condoms. She has taken the initiative to respond to the needs for dual protection...

Old stretchers that used to be at Marsabit District Hospital (left),the new ones that replaced them (right). The hospital has been renovated and refurbished with new equipment to provide better services.Picture:Henry Kahara 0

Marsabit Hospital gets a new lease of life 

A few years ago, residents of Marsabit County couldn’t find a reason to visit their district hospital even for basic medical care. The hospital, meant to serve a huge number of the county’s population...

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Women and girls’ lives matter

Nearly half a million abortions, majority of them unsafe, are induced each year resulting in life threatening complications, and in many instances, death. Writes Joyce Chimbi

The improved children's TB formulations come in the correct doses for children, are fruit-flavoured and dissolve in water, making them easier for children to take. Picture:Courtesy 0

Kenya rolls out child friendly TB medicines

More children in Kenya are likely to survive tuberculosis (TB), the leading infectious killer disease, after Kenya introduced new child-friendly medicines. Kenya is the first country in the world to do so. This is...

Kenya is widely regarded as sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV prevention success story. Annual HIV infections are less than a third of what they were at the peak of the country’s epidemic in 1993.Illustration: Courtesy 0

Synopsis of facts on HIV and AIDS in Kenya

According to UNAids, as of 2015 there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya. The adult HIV prevalence stood at 5.9 per cent; while there were 78,000 new infections reported in the...

WOFAK youth leaders marching in Mombasa, Kenya, on a past  World AIDS Day .The rising number of new HIV infections among adolescents and youths is worrying.Picture: Courtesy 0

Addressing young people and HIV/AIDS

According to Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 young people, primarily adolescents, constitute 16 percent of those living with HIV and AIDS. This further shows that about 500,000 young people are living with the virus....