The Minister for Education, professor, George Magoha, recently announced that schools may reopen soon. The COVID-19 is still an issue to watch out for as we all wait to see what will be of the new term. Our children certainly have a lot of catching up to do as they reopen schools.
Caution however should be taken to ensure that they are well prepared psychologically and physically as it is going to be a different experience for them. You should remind them to maintain a safe distance from each other and have their masks on. Remind them to use the sanitizer spots that have been placed on their schools or will be available in due time prior to their reopening.
“Keep your child safe even when they are far away from you”.
It will be a bit of time before they get used to it but they eventually will. With your help as a parent, guardian or elder sibling, your children will be safe as they rejoin school. You must make sure that you do your part and keep them as safe as possible with good advice and proper direction. We need them to continue studying and we are all a part of their success in the future.
After news spread of a woman making a delivery outside a hospital, it was only necessary to call on society to show some humanity on each other. Yes, you can go on strike, even nurses and doctors are constitutionally allowed to do that. However, your issue is not with the citizens rather the paying authority. You must find it within yourself to attend to the citizens, no matter what.
Therefore, it is only fair to demonstrate humane behaviour towards each other as we carry on with our daily lives. Do not let your brothers and sisters go hungry, die from a lack of medical attention or be victims of a crime that you could have prevented.
“You are your brother’s keeper. Protect your people and those around you”.
This so much reminds us to consider the persons living with disabilities. They are not helpless but have a lower chance of getting access to help when in trouble. It therefore falls onto society to come in and help them. You have to be there for those stigmatized by HIV/AIDS and the young girls that have suffered unwanted pregnancies from rape and other negative practices. It is your duty to take care of your brother and sister.
Let us stay strong during these harsh times of COVID-19. Let us remember that the issues at work plaguing us have not been caused by the citizens but by the paying authorities. We must therefore be ready to respond to the citizens when needed.
Have a helping hand ready for your fellow child, man or woman.
Cases of rape have been on the rise in Kenya. They have especially led to many girls under 15 getting pregnant and emotionally scarred for life. They have destroyed parents and siblings alike.
There are a lot of relatives and family members that know who committed the rape cases but they choose to be quiet for one reason or the other. Most of these cases are committed by close family members. Therefore, the government needs to make some of these changes:
1.Punish family members that refuse to speak up not unless it can be proven that they were threatened.
2. Punish both offender and siblings that choose to hide their own relative from facing justice.
3. Ban family members that would be considered a threat to other relatives from attending court proceedings and holding them with reasonable cause to perform harm on their own relatives.
If these are performed, then the rape cases will go down. They have to go down as they have been significantly on the rise. Many are suffering and others are as brazen as to post their deeds online such as had been done by a certain chief in the North of Kenya.
“You can prevent rape by reporting your own relatives to the police”.
We can fight rape and create a safer society for the girls who have been forced out of school by the COVID-19. Let us not forget the boys who also get sodomized by the relatives just as girls. The boy child should not be neglected and deserves as much care too.
What would happen to you if your favourite candidate did not win the elections? Would your life come to an end? Would you commit suicide? Would you incite others into violence like in 2007? No, all those would be irrational.
Us politicians want you to vote and give us the seats that we campaign for. We want you to support our manifestos and show us a lot of attention when we are in parliament. We want you to take our sides in conflicts. However, we also wish for you to be independent. This is important to make sure that you will continue with your life even if we do not win. There will be no need to commit suicide or kill others.
“It is good to support a politician but do not worship them like a god”.
The more you become independent, the more you get to see that politics is just another tool of leadership but not dictatorship of your life. You can live your life and that, regardless of what is in politics that day.
Live your life. Create your own jobs and do not heavily rely on the government. Even if your favorite politician does not win, your life must go on. Maintain peace and live your life the best that you can. All the best to you all.
HIV/AIDS remains to be a serious illness in our society. In as much as we have all our attention paid to the COVID-19, we must never lose sight of HIV/AIDS. Here are some quick important facts by the WHO on HIV/AIDS:
HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed almost 33 million lives so far. However, with increasing access to effective HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, including for opportunistic infections, HIV infection has become a manageable chronic health condition, enabling people living with HIV to lead long and healthy lives.
There were an estimated 38.0 million people living with HIV at the end of 2019.
As a result of concerted international efforts to respond to HIV, coverage of services has been steadily increasing. In 2019, 68% of adults and 53% of children living with HIV globally were receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).
A great majority (85%) of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV also received ART, which not only protects their health, but also ensures prevention of HIV transmission to their newborns.
However, not everyone is able to access HIV testing, treatment and care. Notably, the 2018 Super-Fast-Track targets for reducing new paediatric HIV infections to 40 000 was not achieved. Global targets for 2020 are at risk of being missed unless rapid action is taken.
Due to gaps in HIV services, 690 000 people died from HIV-related causes in 2019 and 1.7 million people were newly infected.
Key population groups and their sexual partners accounted for over 60% of all new HIV infections globally among the age group 15-49 years (an estimated 62%) in 2019. In eastern European and central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, western and central Europe and north America and Middle East and north Africa, these groups accounted for over 95% of new HIV infections in each of these regions.
WHO defines key populations as people in populations who are at increased HIV risk in all countries and regions. Key populations include: men who have sex with men; people who inject drugs; people in prisons and other closed settings; sex workers and their clients; and transgender people.
In addition, given their life circumstances, a range of other populations may be particularly vulnerable, and at increased risk of HIV infection, such as adolescent girls and young women in southern and eastern Africa and indigenous peoples in some communities.
Increased HIV vulnerability is often associated with legal and social factors, which increases exposure to risk situations and creates barriers to accessing effective, quality and affordable HIV prevention, testing and treatment services.
Over two thirds of all people living with HIV live in the WHO African Region (25.7 million). While HIV is prevalent among the general population in this region, an increasing number of new infections occur among key population groups.
HIV can be diagnosed through rapid diagnostic tests that can provide same-day results. HIV self-tests are increasingly available and provide an effective and acceptable alternative way to increase access to people who are not reached for HIV testing through facility-based services. Rapid test and self-tests have greatly facilitated diagnosis and linkage with treatment and care.
There is no cure for HIV infection. However, effective antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can control the virus and help prevent onward transmission to other people.
At the end of 2019, an estimated 81% of people living with HIV knew their status. 67% were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 59% had achieved suppression of the HIV virus with no risk of infecting others.
At the end of 2019, 25.4 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy.
Between 2000 and 2019, new HIV infections fell by 39% and HIV-related deaths fell by 51%, with 15.3 million lives saved due to ART. This achievement was the result of great efforts by national HIV programmes supported by civil society and international development partners.
“Keeping safe is important in any situation even the worst of the worst”.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people’s defense against many infections and some types of cancer. As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infected individuals gradually become immunodeficient. Immune function is typically measured by CD4 cell count.
Immunodeficiency results in increased susceptibility to a wide range of infections, cancers and other diseases that people with healthy immune systems can fight off.
The most advanced stage of HIV infection is acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which can take many years to develop if not treated, depending on the individual. AIDS is defined by the development of certain cancers, infections or other severe long term clinical manifestations.
A certain report released by the UNHCR, “Coming Together for Refugee Education,” the UN Refugee Agency, predicts that unless immediate and bold action is taken by the international community to beat back the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 on refugee education, the potential of millions of young refugees living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities will be further threatened. The data in the report is based on the gross enrolment figures from the 2019 school cycle.
While children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, the report finds that refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged. Before the pandemic, a refugee child was twice as likely to be out of school as a non-refugee child. This is set to worsen – many may not have opportunities to resume their studies due to school closures, difficulties affording fees, uniforms or books, lack of access to technologies or because they are being required to work to support their families.
“A brother or a sister is anyone that needs your help”.
You must be open minded during this time and consider the refugees living in our country. They may not have an easy access to many things that are a basic need including healthcare and education.
Open your hearts as well as your doors to assist them in any way as we hope to come to a semblance of an end to the COVID-19. The government of Kenya has been reporting declining cases but we are not yet out of the woods. Stay safe and help the refugees living among you.
Disability can mean anything from poor eyesight, to an inability to walk, to complex intellectual or mental health challenges. But any condition can be overcome when the community supports education for people living with disabilities.
In the regions where we work, people living with disabilities face a number of common barriers:
People often view disability as a curse or punishment by divine powers.
Families can be embarrassed by disability, and keep children and/or relatives with disabilities at home.
Many people living with disabilities face neglect and abuse in their household.
Poverty means the needs of ‘healthy’ children are prioritized.
Conflict increases the number of people with disabilities, while decreasing the available support.
Lack of care and medical support to treat and overcome certain disabilities.
Fewer than 5% of adults living with disabilities across Africa are able to read or write. People living with disabilities deserve, need and want the chance to fully participate in and contribute to their community, and education is an important step in helping them do so.
All of these challenges make accessing education extremely difficult. Negative attitudes combined with poverty and a lack of support creates a situation where:
Families do not send children with disabilities to school.
Children living with disabilities are thought incapable of learning and ignored in classrooms.
Teachers do not know how to incorporate children living with disabilities into their classes.
Schools lack the resources and infrastructure to accommodate the learning needs of children living with disabilities.
Lack of transportation to schools or classes for those with physical disabilities.
We all need to show our support for persons living with disabilities. We must treat them as human and open their doors to a whole new caring world. See how your donation can help save the plight of many PLWDs.
It will be 2021 soon. The COVID-19 has had its toll on all sectors of the country and governance including: education, health and housing. Many have had to live on handouts while others have had to settle in their kids at home with a computer and internet connection. It is the latter that has inspired us to participate in educational recovery for our country.
Some leaders have already been doing this and we are happy to be aboard their train of repairing the system. They have demonstrated their contribution to the education sector on the premise that all learning is currently being done online.
Through this indulgence, we are confident that 2021 will be a great year that will see a change in the education sector of the system. Alongside this will be a positive energy channeled towards a swift improvement of the economy and health sector.
“The big five pillars of the state must be addressed in times of crisis. These are education, health, employment, the economy and the citizen’s lifestyle”.
We have started with education and soon we shall head to the other four pillars of our great country, Kenya. All of us must participate in the improvement of our systems and institution in respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Together we always can.
If you wish to be an active participant, you can follow our dedicated site and make your stand through a donate pledge or just leave us a message and we shall be glad. Support is support no matter how little. We are happy to have you interested in our quest to make 2021 a better year and better year, have us represent Ndhiwa in 2022.
All Kenyans deserve citizenship that provides for safety, equality, education and growth. It is why there is a special attention given to leadership that allows for the growth and development of the society.
The citizens and the leaders must continue to work on a ground where they can create a peaceful co-existence for the sake of the future. This can be done through everyday interaction in various ways, such as, attending governmental meetings, posting positively on social media and contributing to development oriented goals.
A need to work on health and education especially during this time of the COVID-19 assures Kenya of a future. There is a hope for a comeback after the much impact of the pandemic. This starts small with donations to help improve the current situation in education and access to medical care, job opportunities and even gender mainstreaming.
“Coming together is not a sign of weakness rather one of the pursuit of the common good”.
Let us lay down our grudges against leaders and create better alliances that can challenge the leaders to participate more honestly with us towards development. Especially with the COVID-19 and the disbursement of CDF funds at stake among governors and their deputies, we need to call for a resolution. It starts with us and gradually, the citizens and the governments shall both benefit of this culmination.