How 19-year-old Ingabire is changing lives of teen mothers

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A group of about 30 young women gather outside the church. They are not here for prayers but have a common challenge that unites them. They all became mothers at...

Widows: Facing life after death of the family breadwinner

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It has been three hard years since Jeanine Mukabacondo lost her husband Patrick Kanyamibwa in a motor accident.

What the Budget means for women empowerment drive

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Women empowerment has always been at the forefront of Rwanda’s tireless efforts. Results have certainly been achieved with an increasing number of women taking part in various development aspects of...

How do I handle my toddler’s eczema?

Dear Doctor, My two-year-old daughter was born with eczema and for the last couple of weeks, it has been unbearable. I’ve visited doctors who gave us medicine but nothing seems...

Understanding natural methods of family planning

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During the London Summit on family planning in 2012, Rwanda committed to ensure the availability of family planning services in every village (Imidugudu), among others.

How can I prevent breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I am 22 years old and I have a history of breast cancer in my family. I lost two of my aunts to it. My question is, how...

How Nyaruguru women mobilised to kick malnutrition out of their homes

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Their story stands out. It is not because of financial success but their collective effort to kick malnutrition out of their community using limited resources. As malnutrition levels reached alarming...

My goal is to build a platform for Made in Rwanda products abroad - Gasabwa

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Kelia Gasabwa has a dream of building a platform for Rwandan products on the international market. She has been living in the United States of America for over four years...

What’s behind my delayed menstruation?

Dear Doctor, I am 25 years old and have never been pregnant. However, my period is late by about three weeks and this has never happened. I took a pregnancy...

How Umwiza’s disability inspired her to aim for the sky

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As I walked into the gate of Centre de Jeune Sourds-Muets, a primary and secondary school for children deprived of the sense of hearing and ability to speak, I could...

Murebwayire on the hurdles and rewards of self-employment

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10 years ago, Jacky Murebwayire was a graduate with a dream. After attaining her degree in Management from University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, (Kigali Institute of Science,...

How can I control a heavy menstrual flow?

Dear Doctor, I am 20 years old and have always had a heavy menstrual flow. I don’t normally get cramps but my flow makes me uncomfortable and I’m afraid of...

Genocide: Child born out of rape, mother recollect the painful journey to healing

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We arrived at her home located in Kimironko, a Kigali suburb, around 2pm on Wednesday, last week. Due to the delicate nature of the assignment, we were in company of...

Musanabera on her 8-year battle with fistula

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She smiles and clears her voice to talk to me. Her facial expression exudes happiness and a sense of relief. And why wouldn’t she be happy? For a year now,...

How do I deal with anaemia during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child but after my first antenatal visit last week, I was told that I am anaemic. I was given medicine and also...

[VIDEO]: What we need to address the plight of midwives

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Stories about midwives usually invoke bad memories for many that have been in the labour ward. But there is also another side of midwives that we rarely get to know....

Ms Geek Africa winner on her project and future plans

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This year, Girls in ICT Rwanda in partnership with Smart Africa secretariat expanded the competition to all its member states to crown the first ever Ms. Geek Africa.

When does menstruation resume after child birth?

Dear Doctor, It’s been one year and four months since I gave birth to my first baby. However, my period has never returned. I’m still breastfeeding and my friends say...

[PHOTOS]: Mother’s Day observed with call to scale up nutrition

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Mothers have been urged to take care of their children’s nutrition as well as their own so as to make sure that children grow up in good health. The call...

[VIDEO]: Meet Dr Mukarwego, a lecturer with a vision beyond her visual impairment

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It was the first time I was meeting her. From a distance she cut a posture of an amiable personality. Within minutes of talking to her, it felt like I...

Why won’t my stitches heal?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth a little over a month ago but the stitches still hurt terribly. I was advised by the nurses to only use water when washing myself...

How to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

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As a fresh graduate with no work experience, 26-year-old Naira Mutesi found herself between a rock and a hard place. She vividly recalls the torment she endured when she was...

ASK THE DOCTOR: Why can’t I feel my baby kick?

Dear Doctor, I’m soon ending my second trimester of pregnancy and so far everything has been going well. However, I haven’t yet felt my baby kick. I am due for...

Banking: Where are the boardroom women?

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By the end of March, all banks in Rwanda had released their financials for the year 2016. In addition to reporting their performance, the banks also disclosed the gender composition...