Imbuto Foundation rewards over 200 best performing girls

The Imbuto Foundation has rewarded 217 best performing school girls in an ongoing campaign to inspire young girls toward academic excellence. The activities, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, saw students from five districts at both primary and secondary levels recognised for outstanding...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's journey to IT hub

Early this month, Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson to facilitate the country’s vision of becoming an information and communications technology hub in the region. The deal was sealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by Youth and ICT minister Jean-Philbert...

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Dental concerns in children as world marks Oral Health Day

On  March 20, Rwanda will join the rest of the world to mark Oral Health Day, under the theme ‘a lifelong smile.’ It will see national dental associations, dentists, dental students and the general public carry out several activities to promote oral health awareness and teach...

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cultural tourism can rake in millions of dollars

Seated under a tree shade, Daphne Umwiza, 35, has her head bent, with eyes narrowed to small black and white beads she is fitting on a piece of thread. What she is trying to put together is a traditional Rwandan necklace. Just a few meters away is a brick building housing her shop; it is host to...

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

A glass of lemon juice a day keeps away the doctor

Lemon just like any other old fruits may be taken for granted, however medics say that it is a bagful of health benefits, many people are yet to uncover. It is host to nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, potassium, vitamin B and C. Whether you use them in the form of juice, tea,...

Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Do you know your blood group?

My neighbour’s son was last week involved in a gruesome accident but was among the lucky few survivors that were rushed to hospital for treatment. But that is not to say that all was well. The doctors explained to Ntirenganya and his relatives that he had lost a lot of blood and needed a...

Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

New innovations lower child deaths in rural areas

Alphonse Mategero, a community-based health worker in Kigufi Health Centre in Nyamyumba Sector, Rubavu District has not seen a child or mother die during birth in the past two years. Previously, this village on the banks of Lake Kivu, suffered high mother and child mortality rates largely due to...

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwandan women take stock after Beijing '95

Rwanda today joins the rest of the world to mark the International Women’s Day—a global event to appreciate the enduring efforts of women in the social-economic development of their communities. National celebrations will take place in Ngoma District under the theme: ‘Let’s...

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Regional drug regulation authority in the offing

Regional healthcare stakeholders are pondering the creation of a regional drug regulation authority. The setting up of a regional drug regulator, according to stakeholders, will help curb the distribution of counterfeit and substandard medicines across the region. The stakeholders have been...

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Students screened for hearing impairment

Over 1,000 pupils at Groupe Scolaire de Kicukiro were yesterday screened for hearing impairment. The exercise was organised by the Rwanda Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Society (ROHNSS) in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a US-based NGO. The screening follows a rise in the...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Increase taxes on tobacco,experts urge government

The government needs to increase taxes on tobacco in an effort to curb the prevalence of smoking-related diseases. The remarks were made during the opening of a two-day high level continental meeting on tobacco taxation in Kigali, yesterday. Tobacco is one of the most common risk factors for non-...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Major diseases you need to routinely test for

Gustave Kananura, 28, a resident of Kanombe, a Kigali city suburb, confesses that visiting the hospital for a medical engagement is out of the question, unless he is feeling sick. The banker who is also armed with health insurance thinks going for a medical examination when not feeling unwell is...

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Take up technical vocations to close gender gap, women told

More women need to take on technical and vocational jobs to close the gender disparity gap in the sector. The remarks were made by the State Minister for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Albert Nsengiyumva, while officiating at the fourth graduation ceremony of the...

Friday, February 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

A visit to the barbershop could leave you with a skin disease

Peter Gasarasi, 45, a resident of Kiyovu, a Kigali city suburb, always has a clean shaven head and chin. Interestingly, the last time he visited a barbershop was 5 years ago. Instead some enclosure in his five roomed house is host to clippers, pair of scissors, a smoother, after shave cream,...

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Govt in eight-month drive against teenage pregnancies

The government has launched an eight-month campaign against teenage pregnancy. The campaign, the second of its kind, will be conducted by the Ministries of Gender and Family Promotion, and Education in more than 90 schools countrywide. The 2010 Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey shows that 6...

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Beijing to New York: How far has Rwanda come on women status?

Next month, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and the main focus will be a review of progress made in implementing the 1995 Beijing declarations. During the Beijing conference, member states resolved to tackle 12...

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Teachers urged to embrace technology

Teachers need to embrace electronic teaching aids for sustainable results, Olivier Rwamukwaya, the state minister in charge of primary and secondary education, has said. The minister was this week visiting a Plan International Rwanda project that provides teachers with iPod run teaching...

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Taxpayers cautioned on manipulating EBMs

Tax collectors Rwanda Revenue Authority has given taxpayers using Electronic Billing Machines (EBMs) two weeks to voluntarily disclose any undervalued receipts or face penalties. The Commissioner for Domestic Taxes at Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Aimable Kayigi, who was addressing a section of...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

That vague fever could be a sign of Brucellosis

Alphonse Majyambere, 35, a resident of Gikondo, a Kigali city suburb, experienced a cocktail of symptoms ranging, from fever, chills, weakness, fatigue, head ache, joint, muscle and back pain. But this state was on and off, one month he would feel fine, and the other drained. Many times he went to...

Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Access to information portal launched

Access to public information is expected to improve following the launch of a portal that will act as central processing unit for people seeking information in public institutions. The portal was launched in Kigali on Wednesday. The web site, www.sobanukirwa.rw, allows people to send and receive...

Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

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