Solomon Asaba

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

How fruitful are morning and evening preps?

In most schools, having preps in the wee hours of the morning and after classes is a daily routine. In some schools, students will be up revising as early as 5.00am before normal classes kickoff. A similar arrangement follows after classes in the evening, especially in boarding schools, where...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

The growing concern of childhood cancers

On a busy Saturday morning, a group of volunteers from Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief (RCCR) join residents in Rwinyange village in Rwimbogo cell in Kigali for ‘Umuganda’ (community work). After a vigorous cleaning activity, a public discussion on non-communicable diseases follows. Several...

Monday, September 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Universal health coverage requires action, funding by govts - report

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) for communicable diseases in Africa will hit a snag unless more efforts are put in both government action and funding, according to a new report. The report, dubbed ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Framework for Action in Africa’, also reveals...

Monday, September 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Academic tours: Why every school should embrace them

The world over, institutions of learning are known to organise study tours for students. These study tours normally come with specific learning goals aligned to course syllabi for learners and emphasise experiential learning. The case in not any different in Rwanda. With most government efforts...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why you should not abuse food supplements

The hype over dietary supplements continues to drive their consumption upwards. Within attractive packages and containers, some manufacturers have labelled them ‘organic’ simply to attract customers keen on inorganic chemicals. Although these food enhancers contain vital nutrients...

Monday, August 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why your baby needs regular paediatric check-ups

To maintain good health, timely medical diagnosis is needed to identify underlying illnesses and the causes within the human body. Also because of fragile immune systems, it is advised that infants visit health facilities for routine check-ups to avoid falling victim to common infections. Sadly,...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

University of Rwanda to host Commonwealth varsities summer school

At least 40 delegates from 14 Commonwealth countries will, tomorrow, convene at the University of Rwanda headquarters in Gikondo to take part in this year’s Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) summer school. The event, sponsored by Bank of Kigali and GIZ, is also expected to...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuition increment for science courses at University of Rwanda will improve quality - officials

Beginning with the academic year starting this September, science students at the University of Rwanda (UR) will have to dig deeper in their pockets to meet a tuition fee increment. The move follows a cabinet decision, last month, which resolved that tuition fees for science disciplines be raised...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

When a mother just can't breast-feed

Breastfeeding comes naturally to women but not everyone has the capacity to produce breast milk after birth. Even when the breast milk is released, some mothers produce so little that can barely cater for the nutritional demands of the infant. The option, therefore, lies in supplementary feeding...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Post-graduate studies: When is the best time to upgrade?

Over 8,500 students graduated from the six colleges of University of Rwanda last Friday. While many are expected to contest for employment within various institutions, others have their minds already made up to proceed with post-graduate studies as soon as possible. This practice is growing...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Early screening for hepatitis could save your life

Although an overwhelming 400 million people around the world are infected with hepatitis B and C, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it and just 1 in 100 with the disease receive treatment. According to the World Health Organisation, there is limited knowledge about hepatitis...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Cost hampers management of viral Hepatitis

Although medication for Hepatitis is accessible, many people say the cost of treatment for this viral infection is prohibitive. These concerns were raised during events to mark the World Hepatitis Day last week in Kigali, organised under the global theme ‘Elimination.’ The current...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwandan travelers wary of 'Masaka' road carnage

On July 17 2016, a Ugandan traffic police officer joined a long list of those who died on the Kampala-Masaka highway in Mukoko village, Uganda. The officer on this ill fated Sunday morning had been clearing an accident scene shortly before speeding vehicles knocked him and other...

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Babyl launches digital healthcare system

A new digital health care system for patients to access doctors through their mobile devices was introduced yesterday at the opening of this year’s trade exhibition in Gikondo, Kigali. The service will allow smart phone holders to download an app while those with feature phones access the service...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Parents: Who are the best tutors?

Twenty-eight-year-old Anne Mbabazi is a parent residing in Kimironko, Kigali. Her five-year-old daughter is in top class at a nearby school and only reunites with her mother later in the evening. Immediately, after coming back from work, Mbabazi asks her daughter for her books and for about an hour...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

250 to undergo cataract surgery in Rwamagana

Over 250 eye patients in Rwamagana District are set to undergo free cataract surgeries. A team of ophthalmologists from the Barraquer Foundation in Spain started screening more than 500 patients with the defect at the weekend. The week-long mission will also see the awarding of two grants to...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

HIV/AIDS: How to break the bad news

There are two answers to expect when you take an HIV test – negative or positive. The biggest challenge, however, is how to receive the bad news. That is what healthcare providers are supposed to help patients with. Leonille, who is in her late 40s, is a nurse and counselor who has been working...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

ARVs more effective when combined with enhanced prophylaxis - study

When Anti-retroviral drugs are used in combination with other drugs to treat opportunistic infections, mortality rates in individuals infected with HIV are greatly reduced, two studies released at the 21st AIDs Conference in Durban South Africa have shown. Studies conducted in Kenya, Malawi,...

Friday, July 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

HIV vaccine could be ready before end of year

A new vaccine for HIV is set to be tested in South Africa this year. The development was revealed during the ongoing 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, following results from immunology studies. Interim immunology studies for the HVTN 100 conducted by US-based HIV Vaccine...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Criminal justice reforms could reduce HIV, TB burdens in sub-Saharan Africa – study

Poor criminal justice systems are resulting into high rates of HIV and tuberculosis in both prisons and the wider community, new findings by The Lancet released at an International AIDS conference in South Africa have shown. The conclusions were made basing on available data, which indicated that...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

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