Produced by Mkamiti Kibayasi
December 19, 2023
Health Report: Understanding Menopause and Andropause
The National Institute of Aging says aging is an inevitable and natural process that brings about series of physiological changes in both men and women. Two significant events associated to aging are menopause and andropause. VOA’s Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. George Gwako, a gynecologist at Precise Healthcare in Nairobi, Kenya, for more understanding about the two age processes and how they affect the human body.
December 12, 2023
Health Report: Understanding Kidney Disease
According to a recent report by LoudCloudHealth, over 850 million people worldwide live with some form of kidney disease. For a greater understanding into the disease and the some of the treatments available, VOA’s Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke with Dr. Remigius Rugakingila, a urologist at Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in Dodoma, Tanzania.
August 22, 2023
Health Report: What Causes Miscarriage?
Miscarriage is the most common reason for losing a baby during pregnancy and it is defined differently worldwide. To understand more about what causes miscarriage and prevention, VOA health reporter Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Simon Kigondu, a gynecologist and CEO of Excella Healthcare at the Kenya Medical Association in Nairobi.
August 15, 2023
Health Report: Treating Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause blindness, according to World Health Organization. More than one-billion people worldwide are living with vision impairments because they fail to receive adequate eye care and treatment, including for cataracts and glaucoma. For more, VOA’s Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Milka Kanuda, an eye specialist from MEB Eye Care in Dodoma, Tanzania.
August 08, 2023
WHO: African Youth are Facing Drug Addiction
The World Health Organization has warned that many young Africans are turning to substance abuse. The United Nations predicts that by 2030 the number of drug users in Africa will increase substantially. Despite known negative health and social consequences on affected individuals and their communities, doctors say this phenomenon has not been adequately addressed across the African continent. For more on the causes of drug addiction as well as treatment, VOA’s Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Laureen Kemunto, a general practitioner based in Nairobi, Kenya.
May 19, 2023
Healthy Living: Oral Hygiene, Combating Loneliness
On this episode of Healthy Living, host Mkamiti Kibayasi shares tips on maintaining oral hygiene and healthy dental habits. We talk to residents in Bamako, Mali about the traditional tooth stick and use of modern toothpaste. Plus, as U.S. Surgeon General warns about the epidemic of loneliness, in South Africa residents have found a unique way to address the epidemic: up-close-and-personal.
May 16, 2023
Heath Report: Understanding Mental Illness
Diagnosed mental illnesses among Africans has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the World Health Organization. For a look into how mental illnesses are identified, diagnosed, and treated, VOA's Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Chitayi Murabula, president of the Kenyan Psychiatric Association.
May 12, 2023
Healthy Living: Access to Clean Water, COVID Emergency Ended, Ghanaian Swimmer Spotlights Pollution
On this episode of Healthy Living, focusing on challenges of clean water, hygiene and sanitation in Africa, a company uses an innovative technology to bring clean water to underserved communities. The World Health Organization says COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. Plus, a Ghanaian Activist Swims the Volta River to spotlight water pollution.
May 09, 2023
Health Report: Cases of Diabetes Increase Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) says sub-Saharan Africa is in the midst of rapidly increasing diabetes cases. Seventy percent of people with diabetes do not know they have the disease and if untreated increases risk of stroke, kidney failure, and can cause death. For more, VOA's Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Anzibert Rugakingira from Ministry of Health in Tanzania.
May 05, 2023
Healthy Living: Understanding & Treating Hepatitis; Identifying Asthma Triggers
On this episode of Healthy Living, host Mkamiti Kibayasi addresses the prevalence and dangers of Hepatitis B, which the World Health Organization says affects about 91 million people in Africa. Dr. Laureen Kemunto of HOUSEPITAL in Kenya, explains the five types of viral hepatitis, with B and C being the most dangerous. We take a look at World Asthma Day marked on May 2nd, which called for "Asthma Care for All." Plus, young people in Australia get some mental health help from virtual reality. This and more on Healthy Living.
April 28, 2023
Healthy Living: New Innovations and Vaccines for Malaria Treatment
On this episode of Healthy Living, as nations observed World Malaria Day on April 25, host Mkamiti Kibayasi spotlights progress being made to combat the deadly disease in countries like Kenya which has reduced its prevalence by 50%, and Ghana and Nigeria, which recently approved new vaccines to curb infections. But the World Health Organization cautions against complacency, as millions of people, especially children, still fall victim to the mosquito-borne disease annually. Also, UNICEF raises concern over failure to vaccinate millions of children over the past years.
April 25, 2023
Health Report: Do's and Don'ts of Pregnancy
Most pregnancies last for about 280 days — somewhere around 40 weeks — and present unique health challenges for each woman during that time. VOA's Mkamiti Kibaysi spoke to Dr. George Gwako, gynecologist at Nairobi-based Precise Healthcare, for more on the stages of pregnancy and what women should be doing throughout their trimesters.
April 21, 2023
Healthy Living: Bringing Attention to Autism; Rare N3N8 Bird Flu Claims First Victim
On this edition of Healthy Living, host Mkamiti Kiyabasi brings attention the developmental condition known as autism spectrum disorder, which affects one in 100 children, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Jean Paul Rukabyarwema, a pediatrician from Rwanda, explains the importance of early detention and intervention. And, a type of bird flu known as H3N8, that is rare in humans, causes the death of a Chinese woman. Find these and other stories on this week's Healthy Living.
April 18, 2023
Health Report: Understand Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery changes the shape and function of ones digestive system, and with many surgical weight loss options available today, finding right option might seem overwhelming. For more insight on the types of surgeries, benefits and side effects, VOA's Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke to Dr. Theophilus Wangata from Viva Serenity, a medical tourism company in Nairobi, Kenya.
April 14, 2023
Healthy Living: Benefits of Religious Fasting; Teddy Bears Reduce Anxiety in Children
On this episode of Healthy Living with host Mkamiti Kibayasi, learn how fasting for religious reasons can go beyond spirituality and have potential health benefits, as dietician Zaitun Mahmud Aminu explains. Also, a Brussels hospital employs teddy bears to reduce anxiety in children.
April 07, 2023
Healthcare Access Unequal Experts Say At 75th Anniv of World Health Day
As nations observe the 75th anniversary of World Health Day, Friday, under the theme "Health for All," some experts say millions are dying of preventable diseases due to unequal access to healthcare and vaccines. Acting director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma say disparities are highest in Africa. Mozambique is still grappling with the after effects of Cyclone Freddy' and find out how App users in Kenya are paying for healthcare with their personal data.
April 04, 2023
Understanding Kidney Stone Disease: Health Report
Kidney stone is a most common condition affecting the urinary system. It affects about 12 percent of the world population, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information. VOA's Mkamiti Kibayasi spoke with Dr. Remigius Rugakingila from Benjamin Mkapa Hospital for more on treatment and prevention of this disease.
April 03, 2023
New Innovations Could End TB; Kenyan Cafe Empowers Peoples with Cognitive Disorders
This week on Healthy Living, host Mkamiti Kibayasi spotlights one of the world’s most infectious, killer diseases – tuberculosis or TB. Snorre Westgaard, chair of the Humana People to People (HPP) shares information about new treatment and innovations that could end the deadly. Plus, more than a just a café, Ayira’s Neuro-Soul Café in Kenya, empowers people with cognitive disorders, such as autism, through employment and public education. These stories and more in this edition of Healthy Living.
March 27, 2023
Zimbabweans Flock to Zambia for Healthcare; Cholera Peaks After Cyclone Freddy
On this episode of Healthy Living, host Mkamiti Kibayasi spotlights Africa's strained healthcare system, which has driven Zimbabweans to neighboring Zambia; Wondwossen Abebe Gebreyes, executive director of Global One Health Initiative, explains the challenges and solutions. Countries affected by Cyclone Freddy, like Malawi, are now dealing with its aftermath, an increase in cholera cases. And get some tips on how to handle a stye — the painful and uncomfortable bump in the eye — also called hordeolum.