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Covid has put Governance at the heart of debates on development, but how has it changed the questions we ask?

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Date of Publication: August 6, 2020

The aim of this blog is to suggest ways in which the ‘governance discourse’ (what a grand term!) is changing – indeed has already changed - as a result of Covid-19.

I know that blogs are supposed to be discursive and informal. Recently our office was privileged to have a session with that master-blogger, Duncan Green, who shared all his tricks and techniques on the art of blogging. However, just this once I am going to ignore everything he said and make my case in two tables.

But first a quick explanation is in order. I perceive (I may be wrong here) that Covid has chang...

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You can’t do what you don’t know how

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Date of Publication: July 27, 2020

On the front-lines of emergency medical response in Kenya are clinicians in emergency departments of various types and levels of facilities. These clinicians are expected to be able to handle any medical emergency that walks in through the door. From mothers with sick children, people clutching their chests, those hobbling in on broken limbs and laboring women; every day has its own share of emergencies. Doctors, Clinical officers, and Nurses must overcome their fears, limited knowledge, and resources to do their best in serving those in need.

Emergency care in Kenya is still in its infancy, only recently recognized as a ...

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Current state of the Zimbabwean healthcare sector: small improvements that could help improve patient centred care and service delivery

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Date of Publication: July 21, 2020

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Following my visit to Zimbabwe (9 July – 18 August 2018), I sought to get to the root of appalling state that the healthcare sector has found itself muddled in. It is not a secret that this once leading developing country has got the majority of its glory days behind it and the crippled economic condition more likely to yield fewer positive outcomes despite resuscitative intervention. In this blog, I explore the ways in which the healthcare stakeholders and professionals can contribute to the bet...

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Raising cancer awareness through an automated telephone system: early lessons from the Uganda Cancer Institute

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Date of Publication: July 18, 2020

We have all heard the adage “Knowledge is power”. In healthcare knowledge can mean the difference between life and death or suffering. Knowledge of health related issues, such as signs and symptoms of ill health, causes and preventive measures, or where to get proper care when one is ill, empowers people to seek appropriate care in time, follow or adhere to treatments, and to take actions that reduce disease risks.Health literacy is the term used to describe the ability to obtain, process and understand healthcare information, and use it to ma...

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Beyond the biological basis of disease, the intersection of medicine, social sciences, and indigenous knowledge.

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Date of Publication: July 11, 2020

“Type one mamhepo, type two mamhepo… (type one winds, type two winds)” the lecturer’s voice trailed on in the almost empty class with half of the attending students in different sleeping postures. Behavioral Sciences was a mandatory course, but we took turns to skip the classes because we did not find its relevance to medical practise at that time. We were interested in understanding physiology and mastering the neural pathway of the vagus nerve in anatomy. Our lecturers from the different biomedical sciences fueled the stereotype through dismissing social sciences subjects as talk shows and not being m...

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