Greenpeace Africa advocates for safe and healthy food

 In response to news that some of Kenya’s imported sugar contains dangerous elements such as copper and lead; and that fertilisers sold to farmers in Kenya are reported to be laced with harmful mercury, Greenpeace Africa has called on the government of Kenya to act now; Food for life Campaigner, Claire Nasike has said: “It is very shocking that food meant for human consumption contains these metals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) copper and lead are harmful to human health. Exposure to small amounts of mercury has been…

Amref International University, St. Mary’s Hospital signs training partnership

Amref International University has signed a 5 year contract with St.  Mary’s Hospital to establish a training partnership for diploma and degree (BSc. Nursing and BSc. Midwifery) programmes. Speaking during the signing, Amref International University (AMIU) Interim Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Ngatia said that AMIU was pursuing partnerships that would ensure students acquire the requisite skills in their respective fields. “Amref International University is committed in implementing health professional training, health system research and actively seeking potential areas for co-operation to facilitate holistic education for AMIU students” said Prof Ngatia.…

Is Coursework Wicked for Kids?

After eight hours at school, plus whatever extracurricular they have got going on after school, your kid comes home, exhausted. They eat dinner and then: It is right back to the grind as they tackle math worksheets and make spelling flashcards and do their assigned reading. But is the struggle worth it? Some experts say no, depending on how old your children are. “There is absolutely no evidence of any academic benefit from assigning homework in elementary or middle school,” Alfie Kohn, author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids…

Farah Esmail builds name and fame in fitness business

At a time when Kenya is enjoying a boom in the business of fitness buoyed by a growing middle class keen on their health, women are trailblazing in moving fitness beyond hobby to career, a feat of no mean repute that has now catapulted them to international stardom. Farah Esmail belongs to that leagues. In an interview with CNN’s African Voices programme, Farah explained how she overcame cultural barriers to realize her dream of becoming a female bodybuilder. Esmail described how her childhood shaped her two passions in life: “I had a…

The World Is Drinking Contaminated liquescent

Governments are supposed to ensure clean water for swimming, fishing, cooking, bathing, washing, irrigation, drinking among others. Unfortunately, after more decades of regulations, waterways are in serious jeopardy. Toxic runoff from industries, improper disposal of medications and agricultural runoff from concentrated animal feeding operations and large factory farms all contribute to a severe water pollution problem. Not only are groundwater aquifers rapidly depleting, but much of the world’s water supply has become too contaminated to drink or bathe in. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly two billion people…

Air Pollution Is Linked to meagre Siesta

If you are among the 35 percent of Kenya adults who are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, a silent intruder in your bedroom could be to blame: air pollution. With well-known adverse effects on your heart and lung health, study looked closely at the effects of two widespread pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is traffic-related air pollution, and PM2.5, or fine-particle pollution, which is less than 2.5 micrometers in size which is responsible for reduced visibility. Both of the pollutants had an influence on study…