Lydia Atieno

Muganga Online: Easing access to health information

Goodrich Life Care, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, National Early Childhood Development Program and other partners, have come up with a digital app to help educate the population on various health issues. The app dubbed ‘Muganga Online’ is flexible; one can ask...

Monday, May 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Early childhood: Exploring developmentally appropriate practice

Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is a perspective within early childhood education based on the aspects of development. These aspects are physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, nurtured by child caregivers and teachers.  When done in the early stages of a child...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Food: Love your leeks

The leek belongs to the same family as onions, scallions, chives, and garlic. It is a vegetable, and the edible part of the plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths that is sometimes erroneously called a stem or stalk. They look like a giant green onion but have a much milder, somewhat sweet flavour...

Monday, May 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why lockdown might be giving you back problems

You may never have experienced back pain before, perhaps because you were up and down most of the time, getting work done, running errands and et cetera. However, with people encouraged to stay home in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, there’s been a lot of inactivity — lazy days...

Monday, May 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why art and creativity are key for kids’ growth

Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas, or being original. Children have an innate talent of being creative. Educators believe that it’s up to parents, teachers, and guardians to provide a conducive learning environment that enables them to be creative using anything around...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

From hawking clothes to owning a boutique: entrepreneur’s journey

As a young boy, Clement Gutunga always knew he would one day become a business person, just like his mother. However, he wasn’t sure how this would happen until he joined secondary school. How it all started Back in high school, Gutunga started developing an interest in fashion; he...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

How about a daily plate of veggies?

Without vegetables, nutritionists say one is more prone to digestive conditions such as constipation, and haemorrhoids among other conditions. There are many types of green vegetables, but those commonly found in local markets include; cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, kale, amaranth, cucumber,...

Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

School closure: A guide to staying productive

On May 1, the government announced that schools were to remain closed till September in a bid to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Without a doubt, this will be a challenging time, as it already has been, for many students, parents and teachers.   With all this time at home,...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

All about gout

Gout is a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in joints. Gout attacks, health experts say, can be sudden and painful, where one may experience burning, and that the affected joint can become stiff and swollen. If you have gout, Dr Janvier Rusizana, a...

Monday, May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why guava is good for you

Guavas are rare in local markets but they do have their seasons. They are a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions with a pinkish flesh and edible seeds. Besides the unique flavour, nutritionists say guavas should be eaten for their great nutrition benefits...

Monday, May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

How students are faring with broadcast learning

Early this month, Rwanda Education Board (REB) with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners started delivering lessons through radio and television. This was aimed at helping students who don’t have access to e-learning platforms amid the COVID-19 lockdown....

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why eggs are good for you

Eggs are a treasured ‘breakfast food’ in most parts of the world. People have eaten eggs for thousands of years. There are many types of egg, but the most common choice is that of the chicken. Mostly eaten for breakfast, and unlike cereals and yoghurt, eggs only contain one ingredient...

Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Health: A guide to understanding stroke

Cerebrovascular accident, or stroke, constitutes the second leading cause of mortality worldwide. Low and middle-income countries bear most of the stroke burden globally. According to experts, a stroke can happen in two main ways; that is, something blocks the flow of blood or something causes...

Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Nutrition: Is turmeric good for you?

Turmeric is a flowering plant from the ginger family, mostly used as a spice to give curry and sauces its yellow colour. However, this is not the only use of this spice and nutritionists urge that turmeric is more than just a spice. They say turmeric and its most active compound known as...

Monday, April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

What should you do with unused medicine?

During lockdown where unnecessary movement is not allowed, health experts feel some people may be forced to use leftover medicines that were prescribed to them earlier. This, they say, is common practice where one has a headache, stomachache or any other illness that they think is not serious,...

Monday, April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

How can a parent instil values and morality in their children?

As the country continues to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi during lockdown, experts feel that parents or guardians should use the time to instil in young ones good morals and values. They believe that teaching children the history of the country and what happened 26 years ago is...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Survivor finds solace in improving lives through nutrition

At the tender age of one, Ange Marie Mukagahima was orphaned by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that claimed all her family members. The killings started when the family of five, consisting of three daughters and the parents were staying in Ngororero district in Western Province. Only...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:20 AM

Soy milk: A healthy non-dairy alternative

Soy milk, also known as soymilk is a plant-based drink produced by soaking and grinding soybeans, boiling the mixture and filtering out remaining particulates. It is a stable emulsion of oil, water, and protein. The good thing about soymilk is that it can be made locally, in fact, at home....

Monday, April 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

KWIBUKA26: Coping with trauma during lockdown

As the 100 days of commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi continue, Rwanda is still under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, this year, commemoration will happen in an unusual way, where people are obliged to stay home, with the aim of preventing further spread...

Monday, April 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

NCDs and COVID-19: What you need to know

During lockdown period, people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are advised to take extra precaution as they are more vulnerable to coronavirus, and, therefore, need to ensure that they are well-protected. “If they got their treatment in time,” Dr Francoise Uwinkindi, the...

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3:18 PM

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