George Oele

CHWs– A Call for Integration into the Formal Health Workforce

George Oele 05/10/2017

For decades, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been delivering primary health services in hard-to-reach regions of the world. While the term CHW and Community Health Volunteers (CHV) have been used interchangeably to mean the same thing, in Kenya, the use of the term ‘volunteer’ means that they are not...

Meshack Ndirangu

Crusade critical in achieving universal health cover

Meshack Ndirangu 04/10/2017

The recent enactment of the Health Bill (2015)—now the Health Act—is welcome news for Kenya. It has taken up some of the priority issues dominating discourse in the healthcare sector and given them the full backing of the law. One such issue, which is of particular importance to Kenya...

Githinji Gitahi

Cholera outbreak reminder that healthcare is a shared responsibility

Githinji Gitahi 19/09/2017

The resurgence of cholera in several parts of Kenya, as signaled by the recent outbreak involving at least 95 police officers in Nairobi, has revived national discourse about the disease. As at August 15, 2017, cholera had affected 2,210 people in 16 counties and resulted in 32 preventable deaths,...

Joachim Osur

Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More

Joachim Osur 31/05/2017

They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and planes, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles. They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry a bag containing tablets, syrups and health information materials. They mobilize communities to go for vaccination. They distribute mosquito nets. They supply contraceptives. They accompany...

Githinji Gitahi

Partnerships are key to addressing NCDs in Africa

Githinji Gitahi 29/05/2017

Not too long ago, non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and cancer were believed to be diseases of the rich, or the very old, and mostly in developed countries. Today this is no longer the case. Non-communicable diseases have become a global phenomenon with no boundaries in terms of...

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