Health/Science

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

A makeshift "kitchen" at Maai Mahiu. Water is even more scarce than food here, and residents subsist on rations of meal and the occasional "jerri-can" of water.

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

The view down one of the many rows of tents, provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the Maai Mahiu IDP camp.

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

Nairobi Star reporter Wacui Makori interviews a parent at Maai Mahiu as children line up for free "mandazi" or doughnuts.

Mar 152009

Stepping into the middle of a long story

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Who is leading the fight against AIDS in Zambia?

That was the question that brought about 100 people together at the Intercontinental Hotel here today. And the answer was -- not nearly enough of the people who should be. That was the question that brought about 100 people together at the Intercontinental Hotel here today. And the answer was -- not nearly enough of the people who should be.

Father Michael Kelly, an Irish-born Jesuit priest and now a Zambian and AIDS expert was there.

Feb 262009

Learning patience is easier here, but still hard

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — I had already spent a jet-lagged weekend here, strolling the dirt footpaths to the center of town and to the local shopping strip before I met the editor of the paper where I will be stationed the next year.

That may be why when I asked him if he thought journalists here would be receptive to the support I hope to offer, I found his answer as credible as I did.

"Yes, they will.

Feb 122009

On My Way to Zambia

When I started writing about the public health in Palm Beach County, Florida, five years ago, I didn’t imagine that what I learned would lead me to AIDS conferences in Australia and Mexico, to prisons and brothels in the Caribbean, and now, to Zambia where I will spend the next year working with health journalists.

Jan 292009

Explosion rocks newspaper office -- and a journalist's instinct kicks in

Editors Note: Fire in downtown Nairobi causes scare.The first time the lights went out during this morning’s news meeting, it was just a minor annoyance. Ditto the second time. After all, at Nation Media Group headquarters in the heart of downtown Nairobi, you can expect a powerful generator to kick in quickly whenever there’s a power outage. It’s already happened several times during my six-month tenure as a Knight Health Journalism Fellow based at the Nation Centre.

May 12008

What difference can a newsletter make?

What difference can a newsletter make? Quite a bit, judging from the launch of a modest new publication in Uganda. Designed to serve health journalists, the “Uganda Health Reporter” is making a bid to help spearhead diverse training programs and become a rallying point for professional development.

“The first step is always the hardest.”

Mar 22008

Of Demons and Public Health

Editors Note: A group of journalists set out to investigate reports of demons in rural Uganda, but they ended up learning a few things about public health.

As I sped down a narrow dirt road enveloped in a cloud of dust in Hoima District, Uganda, I must admit I wondered what in the world I was doing. I had begun a stint as a Knight health journalism fellow three weeks earlier, but here I was with a reporter and photographer from New Vision, Uganda’s largest newspaper, bouncing toward the isolated village of Kiziranfumbi about three hours west of Kampala.