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Malawi: Cancer Awareness Initiative Reaches Out to 5,000 Women

By James Mwale-Mana

Think Pink Malawi, an initiative designed to reach out to rural women with breast and cervical cancer awareness has so far reached out to at least 5,000 women since 2014.

Think Pink founder, Blandina Khondowe, in an interview said under the campaign whose main message is “Early detection of cancer is key for survival”, a total of 2,000 women had so far been physically examined, 50 of whom had been sent for further diagnostic testing having presented suspicious lumps.

She said: “Since 2014 we have managed to reach out to over 5000 people with the message of screening and examining for cancer, and we have lobbied for complete treatment of cancer in all public hospitals.”

She further disclosed that of the 50 who were sent for further diagnostic testing at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), eight were treated for breast cancer while 12 were treated for cervical cancer.

She also explained that the awareness campaign targeted women in rural areas because they were more at risk due to lack of knowledge, as opposed to those in towns most of whom have access to mainstream media.

She, however, said: “The challenge has been not having enough resources to reach out to as many rural women since they are the ones that need more knowledge on cancer issues.”

Khondowe, a breast cancer survivor herself, founded Think Pink Malawi with the aim of saving women, especially those in rural areas from the agonies she went through having failed to detect the signs in time.

The campaign is intensified every whole month of October and according to Khondowe: “We usually take the message to them in their areas and last year we were in Lilongwe rural, Lilongwe urban and Dowa. This year we are going to Salima in the area of Chief Khombedza and Lilongwe urban.”

She also disclosed that the campaign is on-going and plans are in order to spread the message across the nation.


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The Story Behind Kenzo, Mani Martin ‘Afro’ Remix Collabo

By Moses Opobo

“When I did this song the idea was to make it a song for Africa, so when I was looking for artistes that are making it on the African continent I believed in Kenzo because he is one of East Africa’s biggest exports to the whole continent and the world,” Mani Martin explains the genesis of the collabo.

All he did was send a text message to the Ugandan musician introducing the song and expressing interest to work with him.

“I was so excited when he replied. He told me that it’s a good song we can make it together. I felt so blessed. I had prayed so much for the opportunity to do it with him, and when it came I was really happy and the experience was very good when we did it. He was so fun and creative. Kenzo is a little bit different from the other artistes that I’ve worked with before because he knows what he wants in a song, even when it comes to the beat. He doesn’t wait for the producer to do everything and for me that was amazing,” Mani Martin said, adding;

“The other reason I chose him is that he always uses kids to do African dances in his videos which I really like. I just like the Africanness in him and in his music which I also have so it was just amazing.”

Incidentally, Kenzo hardly knew Mani Martin before the proposal for the collabo came up.

“I didn’t know him from way back but the connection came because I think he has a dream and he loves what he is doing, he loves his country and he loves Africa. I think he had a dream that I can take the song further. He sent me the song and the communication,” Kenzo explains, and describes Afro as “a good song with a real authentic meaning for all of us. When I watched the song I got to know about his dream and what he wants and I think he was right. We changed the song a little bit to make it a real collaboration for both of us and I think it will go far.”

To produce the song, Kenzo invited Mani Martin over to his own studio in Kampala “so that I could give them some good time. He came with his own producer, so it was four of us that worked on this song and exchanged ideas to make sure it comes out perfectly.”

Kenzo described collaborating on Afro as a privilege, and promised his Rwandan fans that they should expect more of him in the near future.

“Whenever he (Mani Martin) wants me I will be back because I’m pushing him and he is also pushing me. I’m here for the love, not money. When he called me I never asked for any money. I just told him to fly down to Kampala and we work. I believe that it’s God who has blessed me with this knowledge and it’s my job to share it with others. That’s why it’s a privilege for me to be here.”

The song’s audio and video are set for concurrent release soon.


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By Alawi Masare

Dodoma — Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has launched the $12.76 million project aimed at empowering the Parliament.

The second phase of the Legislative Support Project is implemented in partnership with development partners including the UN Development Programme, DFID and the governments of Sweden and Ireland.

“This will help in empowering the Parliament and its committees in analysing bills and advise the government,” said Mr Majaliwa.

The project which runs through 2017 to 2021 aims at supporting the lawmakers to effectively play their oversight role.

Speaker of the National Assembly Mr Job Ndugai told the MPs to make use of the project and increase their knowledge on analysing the bills.


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Non-Communicable Diseases Take Center Stage At Doctors Conference

By Prisca Baike

As Uganda strives to attain middle-income status, medical practitioners have noted with concern the need for a healthy and productive population to drive development.

This was declared at the just-concluded second grand medical doctors’ conference organized by the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) at Hotel Africana last week.

The conference provided an opportunity for doctors and other health sector stakeholders to reflect on key health issues and chart a way forward for partnering government and the private sector to contribute to universal health coverage and equitable development.

The key issue was the increasing threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) especially cancer, which has become one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity, with catastrophic expenditure and anguish.

Dr Fred Bisso, the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, said this year’s theme, “Promoting Healthy Lives” was carefully chosen to respond to the growing menace of NCDs in Uganda.

“The role of lifestyle in the causation of these NCDs cannot be over-emphasized,” said Bisso. “I invite you to remain focused as we discuss and deliberate on the crucial role of healthy living as a first step towards lowering the cost of ensuring a healthy community.”

Bisso emphasized the importance of prevention and early diagnosis and the crucial need for a comprehensive health care system that focuses not only on cure but also on prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation.


Prof Francis Omaswa, a former director general of Health Services and the conference’s chairman, said given the rapid change of knowledge and advances in the medical field, there is need for health practitioners to periodically meet and reflect on progress towards their communities’ health development.

“It is important for us to take off time to share the latest developments in the medical world with specific reference to our own health care challenges,” said Omaswa.

The importance of a legal framework is also necessary for the achievement of universal health coverage.

Prof James Tumwine, the co-chair of the conference, noted: “We know that the ministry of Health leadership is working tirelessly to come up with a policy and legislative framework for achieving universal health coverage so that no Ugandan will be denied quality health service just because they cannot afford it.”

Tumwine added that it is essential to work with communities to sustainably mobilize resources for this purpose.


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Rwanda: Rwf4 Billion Project to Help Tackle Stunting in Nyabihu

By Eddie Nsabimana

A new project worth Rwf4 billion has been launched in Nyabihu District as part of broad efforts to eliminate malnutrition among children under 5 years and nursing mothers.

Dubbed ‘Embrace’, the four-year project is backed by Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA)-Rwanda.

It will be implemented in four sectors that are among the most affected by malnutrition in the district, namely; Karago, Jenda, Bigogwe and Kintobo.

Nyabihu is one of the country’s top producers of Irish potatoes. Yet, it’s one of the districts with the highest rates of malnutrition in the country, a phenomenon that’s largely blamed on lack of knowledge on healthy feeding.

The 2015 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) showed that Nyabihu has the highest rate of preventable stunting in children under five years.

Nyabihu recorded 59 per cent stunting rate, far above the national average of 38 per cent.

The new project is therefore expected to significantly reduce preventable stunting and maternal-child mortality, officials said.

Speaking at the launch in Kigali on Tuesday, Alphonse Munyantwari, the Governor of Western Province, said the scale of stunting in the district should not be interpreted to mean that the district lacks food that’s rich in nutrients, calling on the development partners to focus on changing the community’s mindset.

“It is a matter of mindset and ignorance on nutritious feeding. I hope this project will help us fight stunting among children to ensure they do not face growth complications,” he said.

As part of the project work, ADRA-Rwanda donated 150 cows to vulnerable families in the district.

It is projected that some 300 more cows will be distributed to households in the beneficiary sectors in the course of the project activities.

Up to 7, 010 households have been identified as potential beneficiaries.

Ngaite Nkomo Mgeni, the country director of ADRA-Rwanda, said the project will help develop a healthy community capable of contributing toward the country’s development.

“A nation that is not healthy cannot develop, so we have to make sure its people are healthy before thinking about development,” she said, adding that they hope to extend the project in other parts of the country.

Reuben Muvunyi, the project coordinator, said since the project started last year (ahead of the official launch), some gains have already been made.

“We hope that, at the end of the day, communities will be in position to tell what they need to eat and to feed children to avoid stunting and other related health complications,” he said.

He said of the 1846 malnourished children in Nyabihu, 60 per of them are benefiting from the project.

‘Embrace’ operates in four countries, namely Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda.


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Union Withdraws Suit That Sought to Pre-Empt Chiloba’s Derailment

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Kenya Independent Commissions Workers Union has withdrawn a suit with which it sought to protect IEBC Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba and others members of the secretariat from suspension or sacking.

The Union has withdrawn the suit in response to a strongly worded letter of protest from Chiloba who through his lawyers demanded that they leave him out of the suit as he did not instruct them to take the action on his behalf.

“Our client learnt of the existence of the suit when the same started trending on social media! It was highly improper and unethical for you or your client to move to court and seek the orders sought in the suit using our client’s name without his knowledge or consent,” Chiloba’s lawyers stated in the letter to the Union’s legal representatives; giving notice that they would sue if their demands were not met.

He accused the union officials of seeking out publicity through the suit filed six days ago and which he said, subjected him to public ridicule. “The institution of the suit was actuated by the desire to court maximum publicity and fame.”

The Union filed the suit as divisions at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission made themselves apparent following the nullification of the August 8 presidential election.

In the immediate aftermath of the nullification, Commission Chairperson Wafula lay the blame for the poll failures on the Secretariat stating that he and his fellow commissioners had only been in office for seven months.

“The Commissioners only took office seven months ago without any changes made to the secretariat,” Chebukati stated.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe was thereafter reported as stating that they had demanded resignations to no avail.

On Monday however, following a day-long retreat in Naivasha, it appeared that a tenuous truce had been reached.


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Nigeria: Bankers’ Institute Seeks Interest Rate Reduction

By Peter Uzoho

The President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Prof. Segun Ajibola, has saidthat the current high interest rate charged commercial banks is stifling the growth of businesses.

Speaking at the 2017 CIBN Graduates Induction and Prize Award in Lagos recently, he said the CIBN was already engaging with different stakeholders to work out modalities of providing an enabling environment for professionals with entrepreneurial spirit.

He said the Institute recently participated at a roundtable organised by the Senate where discussions were held on how to make bank loans more affordable in terms of interest charges.

Ajibola, who spoke on the theme: ‘Entrepreneurship Mindset: A Critical Success Factor for the 21st Century Professional’, said that entrepreneurship had been a veritable solution as the global economies continue to find viable alternatives toward addressing social and economic challenges.

The Institute inducted a total of 1,034 graduates, which included 42 graduates of the Chartered Banker MBA; 234 Associates (ACIBs); 689 Microfinance Certified Bankers (MCIB) and 69 Diploma graduates.

He added: “Companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees. Analysts predicted that performance economic system will likely overturn the concept of full-time works that focus on lifetime careers.

“The primary factor that will facilitate this transition is digital disruption that makes workforce increasingly mobile and virtual, thereby decoupling jobs and location.”

Ajibola implored the new inductees that were conferred with CIBN certificates to translate the knowledge they acquired into an entrepreneurial mindset.

“Wherever you find yourself, whether employed in the private, public sector or self-employed, the critical success factor is to think, feel, speak and act like a business owner. For those in the paid employment, there must be a paradigm shift from civil service mentality of whether the owner sells the bunch of palm leaves or not, the load carrier will collect his due.

“Also the slogan I will do it well, when I start my own business. You may not do any better, because in the words of Aristotle, ‘we are what we repeatedly do,” he added.

He said the induction was opportunity to admit student members who had passed the prescribed examinations, fulfilled all other conditions set by the Governing Council into the Associateship (ACIB) and Microfinance Certified Bankers (MCIB) cadres.

In his presentation, the founder, Augusto & Co. Limited, Olabode Augusto, said the rate at which the economy was creating jobs was not keeping pace with the population growth.

He said in spite of the large fast growing population being a problem, “it presents significant opportunities for the entrepreneur who can provide solutions to segments of the population that have the capacity and willingness to pay.”

He advised the new CIBN graduates to target their products and services at those who have capacity and willingness to pay.

American Corner Gitega – Over 80 Certified After Summer Holiday Activity Termination

By Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana

At least 82 among 269 participants who have attended different sessions of summer holiday activities organized by the American Corner Gitega since July were issued with certificates on Friday, 1st September 2017. The two month sessions were centered on leadership, computer science, entrepreneurship, English language learning and culture.

Participants said Martin Luther King American Corner Gitega offered them an opportunity to learn skills that help them to positively impact their society, empower themselves, create jobs and pursue their dreams.

Gateretse Sylvie, who attended the computer science sessions during these last two months, says the skills she learned will help her become competitive at the job market, seek online opportunities and pursue her studies abroad.

“The knowledge I got inspired me to implement a farming project in empty spaces of Kumoso to alleviate hunger and unemployment in my community”, says Albert Nduwayo, who followed business entrepreneurship sessions in the American Corner Gitega.

Among the 82 participants who were issued with certificates “because they distinguished themselves” as said by one of the organizers of the training sessions, 27 participated in English learning sessions, 38 attended computer literacy sessions and 17 others attended sessions on entrepreneurship.


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New Prime Minister to Name Cabinet

By Edmund Kagire

Rwanda’s newly appointed Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente is expected to name a new government on Wednesday evening, hours after he took oath of office.

President Paul Kagame announced his pick for the post on Wednesday afternoon and a few hours later the little-known technocrat was sworn-in in Parliament.

The President said he had had a lengthy chat with Dr Ngirente and was convinced that with his knowledge and expertise, having served as an economic advisor at the World Bank, he would be of great value to the government.

President Kagame also revealed that the new premier would name the new Cabinet he will be working with on Wednesday night.

The head of State had kept the details of his new government and its composition tightly guarded, that Dr Ngirente’s appointment took many by surprise since he is little known in Rwanda’s political circles.

President Kagame said the new Cabinet will have fresh faces though some ministers will retain their dockets.

“The new government will be put in place, even tonight. We are moving forward. We will know the names of those we will work with in this term –some will stay, others will go, but that is routine,” the President told the members of Parliament.

He said his government will be inclusive with at least a third of the Cabinet slots going to women and youth.

“Our aim is to ensure that every Rwandan feels represented in the government,” he said.

Dr Ngirente replaced Anastase Murekezi whom the President hinted will be appointed to another position.

President Kagame said Mr Murekezi’s “hard work and abilities will be relied upon” in another “valuable job for the country”.

The new Cabinet is expected to be sworn-in tomorrow (Thursday).

Some members from eight political parties that backed President Kagame’s re-election bid in the August 4 polls are expected to be accommodated in the new lineup alongside those of the ruling party Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi).


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By Brian Wasili

Chiradzulu — Male involvement in the promotion of consumption of nutritious foods at both community and household level is said to be crucial in the fight against stunting among children in the country.

Director of Planning and Development (DPD) for Blantyre, Francis Matewere made the remarks on Thursday during the opening of a three-day training workshop for District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNCC) members in Chiradzulu.

“If men were fully involved in the fight against stunting at household level, the problem of stunting among children in the country would have been completely eradicated. However, women alone are left to deal with the issue,” lamented Matewere.

Matewere dismissed misconceptions that taking care of children is the sole responsibility of women, saying the notion negatively affects development of the country especially on child growth.

“Men and women should work together to monitor development and growth of children in their families by giving them food that contains the necessary quantity of nutrients. A child that consumes all the food nutrients grows health, do not suffer from stunting and performs well intellectually,” Matewere said.

The DPD has since urged stakeholders in the district to encourage men to be involved in various nutrition activities to promote the scaling up nutrition global movement.

Matewere described the workshop as crucial considering that DNCC members would be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective eradication of nutritional challenges faced by the district.

“The training has come at the right time when government is promoting issues of nutrition. Let me take this opportunity to thank Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) for organizing the training which will go a long way in filling the existing knowledge gaps,” he said.

Focal Person for DNCC in Blantyre, Lester Kacheche said the workshop is an eye opener to the committee because the knowledge gained will help them understand better Scaling – Up Nutrition (SUN) activities in the district.

“The committee at district and area levels will be able to monitor and assess nutrition activities being implemented by different partners in the district using the skills acquired during the training,” said Kacheche.

SUN is a national strategy by the Malawi government for preventing stunting among children in the country. About 25 DNCC members participated in the training.

implementing nutrition interventions in the district through Support for Nutrition Improvement Component and SUN respectively.

At least, 37 percent of children in Malawi are stunted while figures for those underweight and wasting stand at 12 and three percent respectively.


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