Coping with trauma during the Genocide commemoration

Leila Umubyeyi was 8 years old in 1994 when the Genocide against the Tutsi began. At that time, she was living with her grandmother in Bugesera, the current Nyamata District. One morning they woke up to news that their village was the next target by the interahamwe militia. As they tried to flee,...

Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Are local restaurants meeting hygiene standards?

Tuesday (April 7th) will be World Health Day; a global health awareness day celebrated every year, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), with the focus being food safety this year. According to WHO, the day is an opportunity to alert governments, manufacturers, retailers...

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

How comedy can be used as a socio-economic transformation tool

Comedy Knights, a local comedy troupe, struggled for many years until late 2014 when they landed a Rwf30 million sponsorship deal courtesy of Nation Holdings Rwanda (NHR), the owners of KFM radio. Under the deal, the comedy outfit, which had been struggling to find a home since the closure of the...

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Govt to distribute over a million mosquito nets

Acquiring a bed net alone is not enough, but putting it to proper use is crucial too. The remarks were made, on Monday, during the launch of the Mother and Child Health Week in Bugesera District, Eastern Province. The exercise, which runs until April 3, will see the distribution of about 1.4...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Prime Insurance goes to Rwamagana District

Prime Insurance has opened a new branch in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, bringing the firm’s network to 28 branches countrywide. John Bugunya, the Prime Insurance Chief Executive Officer, said the move aims at taking services closer to Rwandans. He added that the firm is committed...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

Epilepsy: A medical condition that people associate with witchcraft

Epilepsy is a condition that people, especially the illiterate associate with witchcraft. But medical experts say epilepsy is not caused by witchcraft. An example is 20-year-old Justine Uwizeye who suffered her first seizure three years ago. Everyone, including relatives and family friends agreed...

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

WHO issues new Hepatitis B guidelines

The World Health Organisation has issued guidelines to simplify diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis B. The new guidelines come one year after the United Nation’s health agency published the first ever rules on treating Hepatitis C. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that is spread through...

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

New study gives hope to HIV treatment, prevention

The risk of contracting HIV from a recently infected person may not be as high as previously believed, a new study in the journal PLOS Medicine has revealed. Experts said that the findings could improve global efforts to prevent transmission of the deadly virtuous; and particularly...

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

11 hospitals get eye care equipment

Eleven hospitals countrywide have received eye care equipment worth $186,000 (about Rwf128 million) courtesy of Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), an Australia based non-government organisation. The donation was announced on Wednesday during a meeting of health officials in Kigali. The equipment...

Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Zambia in renewed bid to facilitate refugee return

The governments of Rwanda and Zambia have embarked on efforts to repatriate thousands of Rwandan refugees living in the southern African country. A tripartite meeting between officials of the two countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was held in Kigali yesterday...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Experts blame TB prevalence on laxity

Tuberculosis (TB) is prevalent in the country because of citizens’ reluctance to go for routine screening, the Ministry of Health has said. Addressing journalists yesterday, as part of the activities to mark the World TB Day, Dr Grace Mutembayire, the Director of TB Care and Treatment at...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

TB Day: How is Rwanda faring?

Tomorrow, the World will mark the Tuberclosis (T.B) day. The day is used to build public awareness that TB  remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing  deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. In Rwanda, TB mortality rate currently...

Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Breastfeeding: Why it is the best gift for your child

Denise Iraguha, a mini-supermarket owner in Gikondo, a Kigali city suburb, and a mother of four, says exclusive breast feeding for 6 months is a tall order especially for a busy person like her. None of her children enjoyed the medically recommended exclusive breast feeding for the first six...

Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

The power of citizen journalism

On Friday this newspaper published an article titled “exposing the ugly underbelly of Kigali’s popular hangouts”. The story brought to light the filth and mix-up common with washrooms of the most frequented hang outs in the city characterized by dysfunctional toilets, stench,...

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Turkish universities in hunt for Rwandan students

Turkish Universities are in a drive to attract more Rwandan students. This was disclosed on Saturday during an education fair organised by seven private universities from Turkey in Kigali. According to Caglar Candir, the public relations officer of Edugate, an education consultancy with a branch...

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

You are taking too much sugar, unknowingly

Ask anyone the amount of sugar they take in a day. It’s likely they will mention six or eight teaspoonfuls; going by the number of times they take tea. But what about beer, soda and other soft drinks? These contain more sugar, yet people consume these products most – putting their...

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

SMS boosts antenatal care in Bugesera

Solange Mukagande, 35, a mother of three, and resident of Taba village in Mayange Sector in Bugesera District, gave birth to her first two children from home with the help of a traditional birth attendant. It all seemed fine until two women in her neighbourhood died while giving birth from home...

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

What you need to know about your kidney

Last Thursday (March 12th) marked the World Kidney Day, an annual event aimed at raising awareness on the importance of kidneys to overall health.  The day is celebrated every second Thursday in March, with a mission to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

How to detect a heart problem

Jean-Claude Gasigwa, Rwanda’s number one tennis player, collapsed and died on spot on the morning of January 8 this year at Cercle Sportif de Kigali in Rugunga. According to Cercle Sportif de Kigali officials, the 31-year-old was found dead by his colleagues in a football field where he is said...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Quest to reduce donor dependence in community health financing

The government has turned to local solutions as a way of reducing reliance on foreign aid in the facilitation of community-based health workers. This was said on Friday during an impact assessment workshop of the community-based health workers (CBHWs), who are currently facilitated through a World...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

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