MURANGA, KENYA – Jane Mugasha only learned about hemophilia 8 years ago after nearly losing a patient who had come to her hospital for a routine circumcision. “When we tried to dress the wound, the boy would keep on bleeding and bleeding and we did not know what to do,”…

NAIROBI, KENYA – After months of traversing Kenya on buses to get a bruised and constantly bleeding baby to the country’s best hospitals, and after lost tests, delayed results, and wrong diagnoses, Maureen Miruka finally learned in 2001 that her son had hemophilia.

Intro to the Series An estimated 1 in 10,000 people are born with hemophilia, a blood disorder caused by a lack of proteins needed to stop bleeding. While those in developed countries have access to treatment that allows them to lead normal lives, that is not the case for…

Until 2016, Kenyans suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who were unable to finish prescribed courses of treatment—which often involve arduous daily treks to health facilities and could last for 20 months with debilitating physical side-effects—could be subject…

In Kenya, family planning is widely considered to be women’s responsibility and methods that affect men—like vasectomies—are traditionally scorned. Misconceptions like the negative effects on men's sex drives abound but education about the 15-minute procedure and its…

Floods ripping through Kenya this month have killed at least 100 people and displaced almost 260,000, according to the Kenyan Red Cross. The heavy rains and landslides come on the heels 2017’s severe drought across East Africa.

A public-private partnership in Kenya is providing life-saving oxygen therapy in a part of the world where few health facilities can access it. The WHO estimates less than half of African health facilities have medical-grade oxygen on hand, write Justus Wanzala and Adri…

Infection with malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites can give humans a certain smell that attracts mosquitoes, found new research shedding light on malaria’s efficient spread.

Pollution is the deadliest environmental health hazard on the planet, yet South Africa remains the only sub-Saharan African country with an air-quality monitoring program. Researchers with the Eastern African GEOHealth hub are starting to fill that data gap. The…

CUGH, NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog, and Global Health NOW of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Global Health selected two winning entries from over 150 thought-provoking entries. It’s the fourth year of our annual competition, which seeks to identify and give a platform to…