Abandoned girl bravely battles kidney ailment – Daily Nation

A six-year-old child has been battling a chronic kidney disease at Kenyatta National Hospital for nearly two years after her mother abandoned her at the facility.

Everlyne Akoth was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and admitted to KNH on December 7, 2014, when she was four years old.

She requires daily dialysis as she awaits a kidney transplant.

However, according to the nurses, the transplant might not happen as her young mother fled after she realised her daughter had a chronic disease, which comes with huge cost implications.

Renal nurse Abijah Kiriba says: “Her uncle and grandmother would come to stay with her then they all left because the condition was too much for them. We understand her mother went back to Homa Bay County and has another child.”

She added: “Her grandfather is in Kibera but he said he is ailing and too frail to take care of Everlyne. Since then, we have been with her here.”

Ms Kiriba said the hospital has tried to speak to the family on modalities of having Eva, as they fondly refer to her, to get a transplant.

via Abandoned girl bravely battles kidney ailment – Daily Nation

Climate change health risks will hit the poor hardest – so what can be done?

Discussions about climate change and the effects it will have on public health and the global burden of disease have been long in the making. These consequences are now starting to come to fore.

Several examples have recently played out. For example, in Russia, an anthrax outbreak in the remote region of Siberia meant that nomadic communities and thousands of reindeer were affected. The outbreak was due to the bodies of infected people buried in 1941 defrosting and releasing anthrax spores into the water system as the permafrost defrosts with global warming.

Closer to home, prisoners are starving in Malawian jails and suffering from acute severe malnutrition as a result of food shortages due to erratic climate conditions from both droughts and floods. Malawi has since declared a state of national disaster.

These unanticipated public health consequences of unsustainable development reminds the world that the issues are not in the distant future, but instead face us now.

via Climate change health risks will hit the poor hardest – so what can be done?

BBC: The man hired to have sex with children


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In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”.

I put it to them that there’s a much greater risk that these “cleansings” will themselves spread disease. According to custom, sex with the hyena must never be protected with the use of condoms. But they say a hyena is hand-picked for his good morals, and therefore cannot be infected with HIV/Aids.

It’s clear, given the hyena’s duties, that HIV is a huge risk to the community. The UN estimates that one in 10 of all Malawians carry the virus, so I ask Aniva if he is HIV-positive. He astounds me by saying that he is – and that he doesn’t mention this to a girl’s parents when they hire him.

Via http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36843769?SThisFB

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I almost chopped off my identity along with my hair – Daily Nation

I have a 6-month old Afro that I am totally in love with, but that is not how the relationship started. A few minutes after my sister chopped off my beloved tresses upon my instructions, I almost went into a panic attack on seeing the short tufts of copper-brown hair left on my head.

I had long relaxed hair for a decade now, and within minutes all that was gone!

What prompted it, you may ask?

via HAIRY CHRONICLES: I almost chopped off my identity along with my hair – Daily Nation

Whatsapp in 1963? Yep, ask Airtel


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I am waiting for a video to load on Youtube when this advert begins. As is common of me, and probably you too, with Youtube adverts I rarely watch them. In fact, I cant wait for the “compulsory” five seconds to click it away.

I digress.

So, this 2 minute and 11 seconds advert by Airtel, one of Kenya’s telecommunication company,starts off.

It caught my eye.

A commercial that creatively captures the long gone political era— the sixties— through something we can now relate to: Whatsapp.


Now, this probably hooked me because I am an avid reader and lover of history but this advert is something else.

Through a Whatsapp group, Airtel was able to take us through Kenya’s clamour for self-rule through smilies, (black and white) profile pictures, phrases and other quirky Kenyan social media habits.In a conversation that today, would have likely happened.

It alludes to the then fiery politician  James Gichuru who indeed was one of the known leaders of the self-rule discourse from the colonial British masters.

In the advert, James Gichuru a.k.a J_GICHURU63 forms a group KANU_JUU in 1961, the then political party and goes ahead to change the group icon to a cockerel, the symbol of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party and even adds T_Mboya (Tom Mboya, a powerful trade unionist). Shortly, he adds the BRITISH SETTLERS alongside the Kapenguria_6, some journalists and other leaders.

All along the background music feels like something you would hear in the 60’s movies but the all familiar Whatsapp notification beeps brings you back to the smart phone era. Genius.

The political science/history bulb in my head (and in my now excited heart) sparks and lights up.

This is too cool.

Then the smilies come through:

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The chats continue into April 1961  where Jomo_1963 (Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta) joins the group saying “Guys we need to work with the BRITISH SETTLERS. We need to shut that drama down..”

All this while the British settlers are “hanging in the background staring at the chat.”


Then Kapenguria_6 shares pictures of the cell Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was held in.

And what does Jomo_1963 say: “Guys, I AM SO OUT! You know… #StraightOuttaJail manenoz..” with a promise of a “selfie” soon.


Then Airtel steps in to remind us what (and why) we are going through the historical journey.

Jomo_1963 needs some Sh10 to “buy what I need as soon as I’m out of here”

And the trade unionist, T_Mboya in reassurance says: “We got you!Sending you cash via Airtel Money!”

How cool is that!

Now, while I am a Safaricom subscriber, I cant help but think how quickly the Airtel chaps brought me to their side in those simple two minutes. In those few minutes, I forget about Mpesa and think of Airtel Money.

My word!

June 1, 1963, the whatsapp group goes into celebration: Jomo_1963 is free.

What happens to the BRITISH SETTLERS you ask?