When Food Is Medicine

The first time I met Josiane at Kigali’s largest public hospital, she burst into tears. A young, skinny orphan with a heart complaint, she had been in and out of hospital for over four years. During that time, she had received no visitors. Looking at her thin frame, I asked if she had eaten that …

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A Lifetime of Care

World Family Doctors Day on May 19 was a moment not only to celebrate the commitment, talent and dedication of family physicians across the world, but also to recognise that access to a family doctor is not the reality of all Nigerians. There are about 40,000 registered doctors working in clinics in the cities and …

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Let’s Give More Women a Chance to Be a Mother

One day, a student presented to me the case history of a couple—I will call them Mary and John –who had been trying to conceive a child for seven years without success. They could not afford even the most basic medical tests—hormonal tests for her and sperm count tests for him–to determine what the issue …

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Improving Nigeria’s Healthcare

In my regular visits to rural areas in Nigeria to run medical clinics, I often encounter children severely dehydrated from diarrhea. These children are terribly weak, frail and sometimes unconscious. Sadly, diarrheal is still one of the leading causes of childhood deaths across the country. We know that diarrhea can be prevented through education about …

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Dr. Jacques: His Courage. His Conviction. His Story.

Dr. Jacques Sebisaho grew up on an island called Idjwi, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly equidistant between the DRC and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometers separating its western shore from the DRC …

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