Insight

Girl-child’s walk towards equality

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “inspiring change,” to a large extent resonates with the path taken by girl-child education in the country in recent years. Gone are the days when girls who participated in education were few and had to work twice as much to...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Personal responsibility key to improving service delivery

I witnessed an incredible incident at a public swimming pool recently that made me furious at how irresponsible some people are with their work. That day, a swimming coach was training eight energetic adolescents who were probably from a school or a sports club. Instead of watching over these kids...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Neonatal resuscitation, the golden life saver

 The successful transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is dependent upon significant physiologic changes that occur at birth. In almost all infants (90 per cent), these changes are successfully completed at delivery without requiring any special assistance. However, about 10 per...

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 12:00am

2013 MVP Ntagengwa reaping fruits of hard work

He had a successful 2013 season in which he led the National University of Rwanda volleyball club to the men’s league title.  In the same season he was named the Most Valuable Player. But despite this achievement, Olivier Ntagengwa is yet to live his dream. His dream is to play in...

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Is the fear of parents holding children hostage?

Nothing gave Steven Mashami and his siblings more chills than the sound of the family car at the home gate. It was a signal that their father was home from wherever.  The 27-year-old grew up fearing his dad more than anything in his life; and anything that presented the presence of his father...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the Doctor: Is my hair breaking because of breastfeeding?

I am 28 years old and have a six month old baby.  Before giving birth I was told by friends that my hair would break immediately after. True to their word, it did. They say it has something to do with nursing the baby.   It has been six months now and I don’t breastfeed as often as...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:00am

What is the status of disabled students?

Egide Imanizabayo, 17, is a physically impaired teenager confined to a wheelchair. While many of his age mates have already completed Senior Six, he has just enrolled in P1 at Groupe Scolaire Kabuga Catholique - Rusororo sector, Gasabo district.  The fourth born among five children, has...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:00am

His passion for agriculture has turned into a cash cow

As a young boy, he used to accompany his parents when they went to work in the family gardens. As a result, Frank Ntabana developed a passion for farming. Today, Ntabana is a prominent farmer in Rwanda and produces over four tonnes of mangoes and 29 tonnes of beans each season. He shared his...

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Keeping your child free from malnutrition

Over the last one month Kaitesi  has had trouble with the poor eating habits of her  baby.  The baby loathes food and she has to force him  to eat albeit unsuccessfully. Like many other mothers what Kaitesi doesn’t know is that feeding  a child under five requires a...

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Rayon Sports - was that on purpose??

As a football fanatic, I am always mocked for lacking objectivity when it comes to analysing issues about this beautiful but sometimes cruel sport. Many times I have had bitter arguments, lost my cool and even lost friends for a few days. Yeah. That’s how bad it gets at times. Nevertheless...

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:00am

Still living with your parents at 30, get a life

BEFORE he turned 30, Nelson Mandela had married his first wife Evelyn, had two children, became the first national Secretary of the ANC youth league and was a force to be reckoned with in anti-colonial politics. Celebrated revolutionary Fidel Castro who many regard as one of the few who boldly...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:00am

The price women pay for beauty

There are the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous things women do in search of beauty. Some women go out seeking for cheap plastic surgery to enhance body parts. But one woman was not lucky. She ended up in the hands of a quack doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Sex education policy will liberate girls

I would like to commend the Ministry of Education officials for coming up with the policy to make sex education compulsory in high schools and higher institutions of learning. According to The New Times edition of Friday, February 14, D. Mathias Harebamungu, the minister in charge of primary and...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Why M&E is essential in the public sector

Over the last decade, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes have become an important source of knowledge management and organisational learning in the public sector. Today, many organisations are realising the benefit of ‘knowing what they know’ and being able to extract that...

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Ten years of Global Fund in Rwanda

ON February 11, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Global Fund, an international financing organisation that aims to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Under this partnership, Rwanda received a grant of $...

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:00am

Akumuntu’s humble journey to a basketball icon

APR women’s basketball club has dominated the local scene. The club has won the league title back-to-back since 2007. Chantal Akumuntu has been one of the team’s driving forces since joining the military side in 2011 from Rusizi BBC. Akumuntu was born in 1988 to Ignace Serugunira and...

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Valentine’s Day special: Kigali toasts to love

THE big question is no longer the origin of Valentine’s Day.  It is how and why we celebrate it. Over the years the Valentine’s Day craze in Rwanda has picked up.  This year the lover’s day has been hyped and it is the talk of town-from radio stations, Television, News...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the Doctor: How can I know my safe days?

Dear Doctor, I have been married for two years. I got married after I conceived. After giving birth, I was advised to use contraceptives for family planning. For a few months now, I’ve been uncomfortable using the pill because I tend to forget to take them at times. Please educate me on how...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Bullying? Be smart, drop that thought

When new students join a school, their first experience is not usually the best because they are bullied. According to education experts, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Emerging markets’ submerging currencies

For many emerging economies, 2014 has gotten off to a grim start. Concern over the Chinese economy’s marked slowdown and the Argentine peso’s steep slide against the US dollar has triggered heavy selling pressure on an array of emerging-market currencies. But the current volatility does...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:00am

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