OGWENO STEPHEN’S WORK IM CHAMPIONING DIGITAL EDUCATION FEATURED BY GHETO RADIO DIGITAL

The future is digital and Ogweno Stephen has been championing digital education through  the various online courses that he has developed. Find our what Ghetto Radio wrote about Ogweno. Here is a taste of the first part of the feature:

So Ogweno Stephen is a 26-year-old global health practitioner who also has experience with entrepreneurship having started and failed in a lot of ventures but also managed to run some very successful and promising companies and organizations.

Ogweno who studied population health at the Kenyatta University and currently studying a masters in Global Health at the University Of Manchester, saw a gap in the learning style and decided to explore what options are there for him to teach on his expertise in non-communicable diseases and his experiences in entrepreneurship. In his search for the best way to do it he discovered online learning and discovered that he only needed a camera, a studio and his well-researched topics and with that he could start an online series of courses to pass his skills and expertise to the next generation through the power of the internet.

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THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER, HERE IS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN THE LIFESTEN HEALTH WAIT LIST

You might have already seen all the hype on our social media and the social media of your favorite influencers that something exciting is coming up, well, that exciting thing they are all talking about is Lifesten Health.

Imagine, if you were to be rewarded for every time you worked towards achieving your health goals. Every time you walked around the block, took a health challenge, ate healthy, drank your water and slept well that you would actually get rewarded.

Now, we know that sometimes its hard to get yourself motivated and on the right track, sometimes you don’t know what exactly to do to improve your health and that there is a lot of misinformation out there, well, we got you covered as well, because we provide you with daily health challenges on Lifesten health mobile application to help you with this exact challenge.

Now imagine you want to track your health data, get valuable insights and at the end of the week, month or year track your progress to see just how much better you become, we also got you covered. Because with Lifesten we have been able to integrate all your health data to the platform. You don’t need to buy a specialized new watch or device as we have integrated Lifesten to work with a wide range of wearables including Apple Watches, Google Fits, Aura Rings, Fitbits and much more. We have partnered with world leading integrations provider Spike to bring you a first of a kind technology here in Africa.

And what’s the cost to access this amazing platform? Free. You can begin using Lifesten health when it launches for free and then upgrade based on your needs with monthly subscriptions ranging from 2 USD to 8 USD. Affordable, right? yes!

Now imaging that you have engaged in all these activities, and you have been constantly putting in the work. Surely you need a reward for that, all that work can’t be for nothing, right? Yes, we agree that you can’t just put in the work for nothing and whilst you are constantly working to improve your health, we will be working to reward you. We will reward with discounts, free passes, and free consultations to our various rewards like gym subscriptions, spa and sauna treatments, massage, smoothies, protein bars, trips, and night outs at high end hotels, just to mention a few.

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OGWENO STEPHEN HOSTS A NEW PODCAST SERIES: NCDS AND COVID 19: LESSONS FROM THE PAST TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

How do we build back better? In an effort to shine more awareness and insight into the experiences of people living with non-communicable diseases at the height of COVID 19 and potential lessons for the future, NCD Champions in collaboration with Stowelink Inc and hosted by Ogweno Stephen produced a 10-part podcast series on NCDs and COVID 19. This podcast series has been proudly supported by the Global Youth Mobilization.

This series features 10 young and mid aged patients doctors and caregivers of people who either live with non-communicable diseases or are caregivers to patients who live with these diseases and were affected by COVID 19 in one way or the other. The series aims at building back better from COVID 19 emphasizing on the importance of the experiences gathered from managing the pandemic and lessons to help us move back better and prepare for future pandemics, especially for communities of people living with non-communicable diseases.

The podcast episodes include the following:

  • E1 DEMENTIA AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH MONICA KINYANJUI
  • E2 MENTAL HEALTH AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH SHARON MBUGUA
  • E3 SLEEP DISORDERS  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH MARYANNE NJUGUNA
  • E4 PATIENT CARE SYSTEMS AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH JAPHETH ASUNGU
  • E5 STROKE  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH DAVID SAGEKA
  • E6 CANCER  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH JOAN WANGARI
  • E7 DIABETES AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH PATRICK OMUSEBE
  • E8 CAREGIVING  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH ELDAH MORAA

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OGWENO STEPHEN PUBLISHES NEW RESEARCH: EFFECT OF COVID 19 CRISIS ON MENTAL HEALTH AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 18-35 YEARS IN KENYA

Ogweno Stephen recently published a new research article on the effect of COVID 19 on the state of mental health for young people in Kenya. This paper is part of his commitment to contribute to the ever-growing body of research and evidence that is important in improving and enhancing evidence for policy, decision making and education.

Enjoy the abstract below and click on the link to read the full paper.

Introduction: In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Ministry of Health in Kenya putting in place stringent COVID-19 guidelines to curb the spread of this disease including lockdowns and restrictions to public gatherings disrupting the normal communications, activities and engagements that the young people usually had prior to the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis also led to an economic downturn further negatively affecting young people. This purpose of this study was to therefore analyze the effect of COVID-19 crisis on mental health among young people between the ages of 18-35 years in Kenya.

Methods: Cross-sectional research was carried out in Nairobi Kenya where youth aged 18 to 35 years responded to an online survey. A total of 272 participants completed the questionnaire which included a biodata section and a section aimed at measuring depression using the standardized self-reporting Depression Analysis Tool- PHQ9 and measure resilience using the standardized The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS).

Results: The findings from the study indicated that COVID-19 contributed to the rising mental health challenges in young people during the pandemic period. In terms of depression, the study found out that that up to 65.9% of the respondents reported having severe to mild depression with the male having more reported depression than their female counterparts. The study also showed that about 61.6% of participants had normal resilience but a significant 29.5% had low resilience in coping with the disrupted state caused by the COVID -19 crisis. The research also found out that just over half of the young people (55.3%) were able to cope with the existing challenges from the pandemic.

Conclusions and recommendations: The study demonstrated a strong correlation between the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on mental health of young people. Therefore, the study recommends the development, strengthening and implementation of a mental health preparedness and response strategy for future pandemics and crisis situations.

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OGWENO STEPHEN’S STORY ON HIS JOURNEY FROM OBESITY TO A GLOBAL NCD ADVOCATE FEATURED BY THE STAR NEWSPAPER

Ogweno Stephen recently got featured by The Star newspaper where his journey from living with obesity to becoming a global health advocate for non-communicable diseases was featured. The Star newspaper is one of the top 5 biggest newspapers locally and through this feature, ogweno’s story was able to inspire millions of Kenyans and educate them on non-communicable diseases.

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Here is the first Part of the story.

Born 26 years ago with childhood obesity, Stephen Ogweno, one of the pioneering global health practitioners in the country, says his life growing up was sad.

Over the years of hard living and surviving on the streets of Kisumu city where he was brought up, Ogweno would end up developing other complications that arose from childhood obesity including gastrointestinal reflux disorder and oral health challenges. Obesity is among the most prevalent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya.

NCDs  are diseases that do not transfer from one person to the other including diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension just to mention a few.These diseases are the leading killer diseases in the world and in Kenya, they account for over 55 per cent of hospital admissions.

Ogweno says these challenges coupled with the fact that he came from a low-income family made it hard for him to access the relevant health services.“My younger years were tough but I had to keep moving because I knew things would get better along the way. But living with obesity as a child is no walk in the park,” he says.

Read the full feature on the link below: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/big-read/2022-08-05-from-victim-of-childhood-obesity-to-global-health-advocate-trailblazer/

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OGWENO STEPHEN FEATURED ON RADIO FRANCE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL HEALTH.

Ogweno Stephen was recently interviewed by radio France on the importance f physical health and well-being. In an interview that was conducted in Swahili, Ogweno talked about his journey with childhood obesity and his top tips for physical health and well-being that led him to lose weight and gain a healthy BMI. Physical health continues to be a key pillar that Ogweno continues to advocate for and as a person who has experienced both sides of the divide, Ogweno continued to encourage users to engage in physical activity to ensure that they have an active lifestyle.

To listen to the feature check out the link below:

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OGWENO STEPHEN NOMINATED AS A FINALIST FOR THE BLACK PHILANTHROPIST AWARD 2022

Ogweno Stephen was one of the 10 ten finalists globally who were nominated for the prestigious Young Black Philanthropist award. This comes as a testament to the incredible work that Ogweno Stephen continues to do across the continent in the fields of health entrepreneurship and leadership. Ogweno who was nominated by the Black Philanthropy Month recognized and appreciated the support and pledged to continue to work in the continent and beyond to improve access to health care, foster entrepreneurship, and develop new leaders for this century and beyond.

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), today a program of The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund (WISE), culminating in a multinational summit every August, is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African descent giving and funding equity. Incubated starting in 2001 by its Founder Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland, with the support of Reunity, formerly the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, BPM launched in 2011 with its first official global summit to commemorate the United Nations Year and Decade of People of African Descent

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PRACTICAL SKILLS BOOK: EXHIBITION AT YALI

I was invited to the YALI RLC EA STAKEHOLDERS/PARTNERS AND ALUMNI FORUM-JUNE 28, 2022 as one of their leading alumni and as an exhibitor to showcase some of the work that I do including work on my new book Practical Skills for Entrepreneurial Success. During the exhibition, the book generated a lot of interest from the attending participants who bought most of the copies that were brought for the showcase commenting on how incredible the book lineup was. I was truly humbled when the USAID Communications advisor Steve Susens also got his copy of the book and commented on its impressive first impressions.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

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PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS BOOK: THE LAUNCH

The day was a busy day, I had an exhibition in the morning, a meeting in the afternoon and a book launch to conduct in the evening. Being a very particular guy with the details of the launch I found a bit of a challenge of the hotel where we were launching as they made some last-minute adjustments to our initial arrangements. But even before the book launch itself, there was the issue of invitations.

The event was an invite-only event with a very particular audience who formed part of the invite list. So naturally, we sent the invitations but as the day progressed, some people cancelled and not a lot was confirmed by way of replying to the invite via email or SMS. So in the evening when I got to the venue, I was a bit tensed up as the people who were to attend did not send confirmations. Another reason I was tensed up a bit was the fact that the prepping wasn’t going at the pace I had anticipated it to go and I had to negotiate with the hotel to really ensure that my plan goes as near perfect as I had visualized it way back in 2017.

One thing I was excited though about was my branding and media. I spent a significant amount of money and social capital to ensure that we had great media coverage and an even greater branding experience and from the photos, you can tell the branding was well thought through. Anyways after all the setting up and the readjustments, we were ready to launch. I was happy when I started to see my guests arrive all glammed up and ready for the launch, my media team and my DJs were also already on site and everything was set to go. Even as the programme continues, I was still coordinating the programme lineup and ensuring some logistical considerations were underway. I was lucky though that I had my volunteers and best friend help with the coordination as well. So the first part of the event was the photo session, networking and book signing.

As this session was happening, I realized the room arrangement had way more seats that the invited guests so as a way to quickly readjust the room setting, I skillfully got everyone out of the main hall to the media room for photos and videos and got my volunteer team quickly rearrange the room configuration reducing some of the seats. and guess who was there giving those directions and helping, me. I did this quickly, changed to my official senator suit for the day and was now ready for the launch to flow. The photo session was handled by professionals Circuite Photography and Front Pixel Studios. And after an exciting set of photo, we were ready to go back for the second session which was entertainment and cocktails.

In the entertainment I had two friend poets of mine who went on to do incredible poetry pieces on me and my journey and Kitunguu Machoni gave a particularly moving piece. As the entertainment continued, the event only played the best of African house music with the incredible Mundu Wa Nyumba also known as Simon Chege.  After the entertainment we all went back for the main session speeches, the book launch and unveiling and amongst the guests of the day was my father who was accompanied by my sister.

Before that my best friend Oduor Kevin gave introductory opening remarks and then the speeches began. The first speech was by Baba Muli, my other father who spoke about our African nature and our contribution to leadership and entrepreneurship as Africans. Next was my father who gave a moving speech on one of my near-death experiences when I was kidnapped at 4 years old and the ordeal he went through to get me back. Then I went in to finalize on the book and why it was important. The event was moderated by a powerful mc don the black.

What can I say, the book launch went better than expected. Videos coming up very soon. For now though, enjoy the photos.

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