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Githinji Gitahi

Cholera outbreak reminder that healthcare is a shared responsibility

Githinji Gitahi 19/09/2017

The resurgence of cholera in several parts of Kenya, as signaled by the recent outbreak involving at least 95 police officers in Nairobi, has revived national discourse about the disease. As at August 15, 2017, cholera had affected 2,210 people in 16 counties and resulted in 32 preventable deaths,...

Joachim Osur

Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More

Joachim Osur 31/05/2017

They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and planes, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles. They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry a bag containing tablets, syrups and health information materials. They mobilize communities to go for vaccination. They distribute mosquito nets. They supply contraceptives. They accompany...

Githinji Gitahi

Partnerships are key to addressing NCDs in Africa

Githinji Gitahi 29/05/2017

Not too long ago, non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and cancer were believed to be diseases of the rich, or the very old, and mostly in developed countries. Today this is no longer the case. Non-communicable diseases have become a global phenomenon with no boundaries in terms of...

Githinji Gitahi

Africa in the era of sustainable development

Githinji Gitahi 20/04/2017

A functional community health system is helping Africa achieve universal health coverage and other UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). Editor's note: In 2015, the United Nations and other development partners adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals on the back of the Millennium Development Goals. Some of these find a...

Lennox Yieke

Hiring more doctors will not solve Kenya’s health crisis

Lennox Yieke 14/03/2017

The fact that Africa has less doctors than the rest of the world has frequently been identified as one of the root causes of the continent’s health challenges. In Kenya, for instance, the doctor to patient ratio is 1 to 17,000 against the World Health Organisation’s recommended ratio of...

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