Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (Part 1)

Breastfeeding is not unique to African mothers and neither is it a new thing, however many issues around this simple act of feeding a baby are unique to Africa and they warrant discussion. After working in a neonatal as well as a paediatric unit for a few years I have noted with great concern a… Continue reading Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (Part 1)

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Cancer in Africa: One Child’s Struggle

Luke was 10 years old when I met him, I was working in the paediatric oncology unit, where children with cancers are treated. He had been referred to us because he had been diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood. He was very sick and I could tell that he had gone through a… Continue reading Cancer in Africa: One Child’s Struggle

Lives Barely Lived: Africa’s Loss

In Africa our children die less from diseases and more from poverty, ignorance and belief systems. Not their own but those of their parents and societies. A few days ago, a young mother brought her child to hospital who was gasping for dear life and taking her last breaths. We tried to help her but… Continue reading Lives Barely Lived: Africa’s Loss

Broadcasters, Prophets and Health

While driving home from work a few days ago, I decided to tune into a popular local radio station.  The talk show that I became unwillingly subjected to in the 30 minutes that followed prompted me to come up with this piece in an effort to find out your views on the matter. This public… Continue reading Broadcasters, Prophets and Health

Harare to Havana: The politics of health 

In 2018 Zimbabwe goes to the polls to elect or reelect its political leaders, as a result we have seen the politicians reawaken from their usual hibernation to shower us with promises, the more learned ones have taken the opportunity to educate us about the mating behavior of bees. In the same period we have… Continue reading Harare to Havana: The politics of health 

Mind the Gap: Public vs Private Hospitals 

Since the beginning of time, people have always been divided into classes based on their wealth. The way that wealth is measured may have evolved over time, but the divisions have stood the test of time. While the gap has always existed, many authorities agree that it is widening. According to CNNMoney, in the USA… Continue reading Mind the Gap: Public vs Private Hospitals 

Breaking Bad News: Every Intern’s Nightmare 

A lot is learnt in medical school, way more than a normal human being should learn, and after graduation the new interns are so excited to finally put their years of lectures, reading and exams to use. It is often disappointing when a young doctor is faced with the reality that all their years in… Continue reading Breaking Bad News: Every Intern’s Nightmare 

The Lumbar Puncture: Power of the Grapevine

Of all the infections that one could get, if you were to hazard a guess, you would probably say the worst is an infection of the brain. There is no official hierarchy of infections but I would also say it's up there. Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, which is a layer that covers… Continue reading The Lumbar Puncture: Power of the Grapevine

The Silent Killer, Exposing the Witchcraft 

My grandmother is a superwoman, and no she is neither a killer nor a witch but this episode is inspired by her and many other African senior citizens. I have decided to share a personal experience about a disease that is not well appreciated in our communities but is also linked to quite a number… Continue reading The Silent Killer, Exposing the Witchcraft