Sunday, October 11, 2015

Spina Bifida Care

It occurs during the first month of pregnancy and studies show that more than 100,000 new cases of Spina bifida occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, three babies out of 10,000 born alive are born with Spina bifida. The condition is permanently disabling and a poor community attitude casts a dark shadow upon the lives of those living with it with some societies going as far as terming such children as 'useless'. This is mostly due to ignorance of the condition, where parents have no access to information on how to care for such children or do not know where such care facilities can be found. Spina bifida poses nutritional risks to a child which, if not well taken care of, endanger the child's health and interfere with his or her quality of life.
Spina bifida Care

The most common nutrition-related issues include obesity, constipation, pressure sores and osteoporosis, all brought about by limited movement, lower metabolic rate - or lower calorie burning rate, as well as lack of information on proper feeding. A parent needs to give meals and snacks at set times, and introduce the child to healthier options for snacks as soon as they start to eat solid food. This will help to avoid too snacking on high -alorie foods, which bring about unhealthy weight. Regular physical exercise will also help to burn calories, build lean muscle mass and jump start metabolism, all of which will help maintain a healthy weight.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Albino in Tanzania

The first incidence: A child is playing outside their home in his home village and out of no where a group of unknown people rush towards him and chop off his arm...... Second incidence: A woman who married to a man for several years is sold out by her husband meaning... the woman will be chopped off alive and her body parts will be used for witchcraft purposes. This has been the plight of people living with albinism in Tanzania.

Despite the fact that albinism is a congenital defect that is characterized by lack of skin pigmentation: People with albinism in some parts of Tanzania have encountered death while the lucky have been forced to live with permanent disabilities following barbaric belief their body parts (when used for witchcraft) will result to prosperity.

Over the past few weeks these incidences have instilled fear, lack of freedom and sense of belonging among people with albinism. The shocking bit is that very little is being done by the leaders to protect the very basic rights of their citizens.

Diversity is meant to bring about unity..... but this fact has failed to sink in human beings' hearts and mind!