Women

What should I know about breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I have breast cancer, recently diagnosed. I am trying to find out as much as possible so I can make informed choices about my treatment. I am overwhelmed by the information available on the internet. Can you recommend any reliable source of information?  Barbara Dear Barbara...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:06am

The skater dress; a casual meets formal look

Trendy, stylish and comfortable, the dress comes in different sizes and designs, giving one numerous options on how to pull it off. For an outfit that provides comfort and fashion, go for a skater dress. Many women want to look elegant and stylish, and the skater dress guarantees this. The...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:05am

Tushabe and the saxophone: A game changer in the music industry

A group of musicians, poets and dancers staged an outstanding performance at the recent celebrations of Liberation Day held at Amahoro Stadium. Among the performers, was Stella Tushabe, an exceptional saxophonist, whose skill defined and set the tune for the performance. The mix of her mellow and...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 1:07pm

How to shape eyebrows like a professional

It doesn’t matter if yours are naturally wild or have been victims of over-plucking, perfectly shaped and groomed eyebrows are possible to achieve, for those who are into that sort of thing. If you’re struggling to keep your brows neat or can’t quite nail that perfect arch, there...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:06am

How can I treat the common cold at home?

Dear Doctor, I caught a cold from my toddler and whereas she seems to be getting better, mine has many issues, including the fact that I’m losing my voice. It is now hoarse and I’m wondering if there is anything that can get it back to normal. What home remedies can you recommend for...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:05am

Waking up to washed phones

I doubt there are parents out here, especially with toddlers, who have not had an experience that involves the urge to literally grab their child by the shoulders and shake sense into them. Personally, there is not a single day that I am not thankful to God for blessing me with Kwezi but there are...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:04am

Femicide: A global issue that can’t be ignored

In January this year, the nation was shaken by the news of the murder of Alexia Mupende. The model had been killed by a domestic worker at her father’s home in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District. And though her death may or may not have been directly linked to femicide, the barbarian act...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:05am

KWEZI AND I: Talking vs shouting/beating

There are not many African children who can say that they have not faced corporal punishment at one point when they were growing up. What I can tell you is that our parents’ slippers, the sticks in the compound and open palms had a relationship with our small backsides. I don’t like...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:04am

What is the cause of pregnancy incontinence?

Dear Doctor, I am entering my third trimester and this is my first child. I am having serious issues with bladder control and even sneezing makes me leak even if I just used the bathroom. I am now not eager to go anywhere because of this problem. What can I do to avoid this? Kate Dear Kate,...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:03am

Mukundwa on keeping her promise to God after surviving the Genocide

In a family of five, Safi Mukundwa was the only one who survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that claimed over one million innocent lives in 100 days. Born in former Kibuye, Karongi District, Mukundwa was only eight years old when the Genocide started in her area. Together with her...

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 12:06am

Women and networking: Why your career needs it

In a recent documentary, The Story of Us, about the Career Women’s Network Kigali (CWNK), Sonia Mugabo, a fashion designer, reveals how networking has had an enormous impact on her fashion design business. With the abundant connections she was able to access through this platform; Mugabo...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:43pm

Painkiller abuse: What are the risks?

Dear Doctor, My older sister has become a pill popping maniac. She takes meds for even menstrual cramps and I worry greatly as I feel it is not wise. What are the dangers of regular medicine use? And how can she overcome simple pain (like mild headaches) without always turning to painkillers?...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:07am

KWEZI AND I: The medical emergency that left me shaking

In the few short years that I have been a parent, I have never experienced something as unpredictable as a child’s health. It’s almost like the weather in Kigali. Sunny one minute, gloomy the next. You don’t know what is going to happen so you just have to be a little prepared...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:06am

First Lady Jeannette Kagame makes case for Rwandan businesswomen

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has highlighted the fact that there is a need to support women in business, saying their contribution to the development of the country in the last 25 years has been unprecedented. She also indicated that the past twenty five years since the Genocide against the...

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:21pm

When ‘style’ poses a threat to health

Many women are into keeping up with the latest trends since fashion is a great way to express oneself and boost confidence. While we are all taught that health is more important than glamour, many women, mostly young girls, follow almost every fashion trend without considering the toll it might...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:06am

Chaperoning you around the field of interior design

Over the years I have grown weary in trying to explain my field of study to the masses. There are many misconceptions about interior design that need to be undone. I do, however, understand that it is not anyone’s responsibility to fully understand this field, but to those who would like to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:05am

Should I be worried about jaundice?

Dear Doctor, My new-born has a mild case of jaundice. However, I’m told it can get worse. How bad can it get and how do I avoid it? Pat Dear Pat, A new-born baby can have jaundice due to the liver of the child not being mature enough to metabolise by product of bile metabolism. ...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:04am

KWEZI AND I: Unexpected conditions

There is something about diseases or infections that you literally know nothing about. I don’t remember a case of eczema anywhere when I was growing up, neither did I know of any serious allergies, except for a kid in our neighbourhood whose skin would get big bumps from just eating meat. So...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:03am

Cervical cancer: Early screening and Pap smears can save your life

Christelle Mugwaneza, 32, had always heard about the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the prevalence of cervical cancer. Despite this knowledge, she had second thoughts about screening. “Women had associated the screening with promiscuity and some said it was very painful. I did...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:05am

Essentials for your bathroom design

It is a fact that in your lifetime, you would have spent about 92 days or more in a bathroom, this is according to a study that was done on 2500 people who spent an average of one hour and 42 minutes a week in a bathroom. This to me is a worthy call to design elegant and comfortable  bathrooms...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:04am