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Cancer Month: Too Much Hype, Same Sad Reality

The month-long extravaganza is taking the shape of Christmas – heavily commercialised and promptly forgotten until next year   October is probably the most well-known of all cancer awareness months and the pink ribbon the most widely recognised symbol of the fight against cancer. The rise of breast cancer activism and the pink ribbon movement in Kenya can be credited to the late Mary Onyango.

Jiggers ravage Busia Aids orphans

More than 509 children affected by jiggers in Busia and Siaya can walk back to school after being treated by a Christian group. Heart For Kenya, working with the Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya (FPFK), has been taking care of 1,500 orphaned children, 509 of whom had dropped out of schools because of jiggers.

New procedure to end use of adult diapers

A new treatment procedure, Sacral Nerve Stimulator (SNS), to help patients with chronic dysfunction of the urinary, bowel and pelvic floor conditions has been introduced at Aga Khan University Hospital. Along the spinal cord and through the lower back, there is the sacral area.

A Good diet can save your baby from future cancer

The first 1000 days of your baby’s life run from conception to when it turns two. This period is crucial because the nutritional status of both the mother and the child affects the child’s mental and physical growth and development.

Why HIV positive mothers should also breastfeed

Youths are currently the hardest hit by HIV, but are at the same time are targets of exclusive breastfeeding campaigns. Experts say babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months, then other foods introduced with continued breastfeeding until they are 24 months, or even beyond.

Cancer survivor gets new lease of life

Joyce Wawira, 35, a mother of two, discovered she had breast cancer last year. “Initially, I had a small lump on her right breast.

Tears of joy as women find freedom from fistula

For years, Priscah Ariri has been leading a miserable live due to a condition that left her with urinary incontinence.  She has lived in shame, and isolation due to the condition that left her smelly.