Lydia Atieno

Eradicating malaria: How close can we get?

Considering the Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria to reduce malaria burden by 50 per cent for 2023 and by at least 90 per cent for 2030, malaria still represents a public health threat in Rwanda despite a number of combined efforts put in place. Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, malaria and...

Monday, December 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Students and the spirit of Christmas

Christmas is without a doubt a joyful season, and for this reason, it is essential that learners are encouraged to spread festivities and help others. Jackyline Iribagiza, a counsellor and matron at Marty’s Secondary School in Remera Kigali, says during this period, people remember the...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Oranges: One of the world’s healthiest foods

Oranges are popular fruits in Rwanda, just like they are in other countries; they are easily available in local markets. They have natural sweetness and diversity of uses, from juices to medicinal, where they are used as a skin astringent, among other things.  Dieudonne Bukaba, the...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Have a healthy Christmas

One of the hardest things to control is festive food, because let’s face it, temptation is everywhere. However, health experts point out that what people don’t realise is how many calories are associated with the foods that come with these holidays. Joseph Uwiragiye, head of...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

The importance of peer-to-peer learning during the holidays

Now that students are on a long break, there are various activities to engage in. As much as the holiday seems like the perfect time for social activities, educators say students shouldn’t forget academic work. And one effective way to do this is through student-to-student learning....

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Love your lettuce: The health benefits

Lettuce is often grown as a leafy vegetable, but sometimes, for its stem and seeds. The leafy vegetable is always eaten as a salad or used as a food wrap. It’s crunchy with a mild sweet taste, green in colour. In the local Rwandan market, the price ranges from Rwf 400 to 500 for a...

Monday, December 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

How healthy is a typical Rwandan buffet?

Most restaurants in and around town offer lunch and dinner buffets. The most popular, lunch buffets, cost roughly Rwf2, 000 to Rwf4, 000, depending on the venue.  Eating out has become a way of life for many, due to busy work schedules and et cetera. And, with the holiday season upon us,...

Monday, December 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Entrepreneur in production of supplements to boost milk production

Ordinarily, cattle require a proper balance of feed, water, vitamins and minerals to achieve optimal production of milk. Experts argue that cows require mineral supplements across the year to not only keep them healthy, but also boost milk production. The required minerals are divided into...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Eating in or dining out: Why you should eat isombe

It originally came from DR Congo, however, isombe became a classic Rwandan dish served from mashed cassava leaves.  Depending on one’s preference, isombe can be prepared with other ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, coriander, garlic, Maggi seasoning, and peanut butter, among...

Monday, December 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to deal with infections in children

Most children, especially those under the age of five, tend to fall sick from time-to-time. This is because they have an immature immune system that makes them prone to countless infections. It is these infections—which are mostly viral and bacterial—that end up being the cause of...

Monday, December 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Healthy holiday; eating strategies

Imagine f Students are at home for the holiday, a long one in this case, and so parents are expected to take full charge in different aspects; that is, monitoring what they do and what they eat, among other things.  Many students complain about the food in schools and use the holiday to...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Irish potatoes; what are the nutritional benefits?

The Irish potato is one of the most important crops in Rwanda and is one of the government’s six priority crops falling under the Crop Intensification Program (CIP). The country plans to increase production significantly through expanding area under production and increasing...

Monday, December 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why you should never ignore a UTI

Studies on urinary tract infections (UTIs) indicate that they are common in low and middle-income countries where health research is still emerging.   Dr Corneille Killy Ntihabose, Director General of Byumba Hospital, says UTI is an infectious inflammation of the bladder and...

Monday, December 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Good and bad effects from eating honey

Honey is arguably a healthy alternative to regular sugar. This is mostly because of its rich nutrient content, including important antioxidants, organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids. Studies have shown that a combination of these compounds gives honey its antioxidant power....

Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

The significance of sanitation for all

Did you know that every year, the world marks Global Handwashing Day on October 15 and World Toilet Day on November 19?  The former is an international handwashing promotion campaign to motivate and mobilise people around the world to improve their handwashing habits. And the latter, an...

Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

School holidays: A guide for parents

Parents have been advised to ensure their children don’t indulge in unproductive activities during the long holiday. The call was made by Dr Laetitia Nyinawamwiza while addressing parents in Musanze District and neighbouring areas. Since the holiday will last for two months, she said...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

How varsity student is reducing post-harvest losses for sweet potato farmers

In Rwanda, sweet potatoes are grown on a large scale, especially in the north-western region of the country. The farmers plant high yield sweet potatoes but in the process of harvesting, the quality reduces because of poor practices of harvesting, which consequently lowers their prices on the...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Diabetes: Family support key in managing illness

Diabetes does not affect the patient alone, but the family and community at large. This is why when the world observed World Diabetes Day last week, focus was put on the role family has to play in the prevention and management of the disease. The day is celebrated on November 14, and this year...

Monday, November 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

How an entrepreneur is using bio-waste to promote sustainable agriculture and environment protection

As urbanisation and industrialisation rapidly grow in the country, the risk of increased air pollution and other environmental threats come along. Meanwhile, only 10 per cent of waste are treated and turned into revenue productive forms such as manure, briquettes, and energy across the country...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Health benefits of watermelon

About 92 per cent of watermelon consists of water, which nutritionists say makes it healthy and nutritious. According to Leah Mfiteyesu, a nutritionist from nutrition cabinet Nutri-Sante, Kicukiro, this refreshing fruit is soaked with numerous nutrients and each juicy bite has significant levels...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

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