OGWENO STEPHEN HOSTS A MINI PODCAST SERIES ON DISSEMINATING AND ENDORSING THE GLOBAL CHARTER ON MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT 13-5-2022

Stowelink recently partnered with the NCD Alliance Of Kenya and the NCDs patient group caucus to develop and distribute a dissemination of the Global Charter for Meaningful Involvement for People Living with NCDs. This was done through a mini audio-visual podcast series that was hosted by Ogweno Stephen and can now be accessed and watched across the world through listening in on podcast and YouTube platforms. This was an excellent way to disseminate and endorse the charter by involving young people to run the campaign as a result leverage on their platforms and reach them there with this information and opportunity.

Catch up with a few of the episodes here:

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OGWENO STEPHEN FEATURED ON THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER – UK 31-5-22

Here is an excerpt from the feature on The Guardian highlighting work on obesity and non-communicable diseases in Kenya:

The village of Njathaini, on the northern outskirts of Nairobi, is a world away from Kaisha’s clientele. With high unemployment and little disposable income, it is in places like this that intervention is urgent, says Ogweno.

Thanks to genetics, diet and lack of exercise, Ogweno, 26, once weighed almost 20st. Driven by wanting to “look like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” he lost weight at university and competed in Mr Fitness contests.

He wants to prove that obesity, diabetes and cancer don’t just affect “the old and the rich.” What he and his colleagues found in Njathaini shocked them: “[This is] a very low-income community, and almost 70% of the homes here live with diabetes or hypertension,” says Ogweno, sitting in the village chief’s office.

Read the full feature on the link below: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/31/stalked-by-hunger-but-fighting-obesity-Kenya-hidden-food-crisis-acc

After the interview

This is a big achievement for me, and it acts a s reference to show that the work we are doing is making impact, its going global and that the impact that we are making is visible and felt.

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OGWENO STEPHEN HOSTS A GLOBAL SEMINAR ON ORAL HEALTH IN COLLABORATION WITH C3 FOR HEALTH – UK

As part of National Smile month in the United Kingdom Stephen Ogweno of Stowelink Inc in partnership with C3 For Health hosted a C3 International Seminar where Stephen talked about the reality of oral health and opportunities to improve it. Oral health care is still widely neglected, expensive, and information on oral care is still very hard to find. However, during this international seminar Stephen Ogweno asked critical questions and offered suggestions for opportunities for the medical community to improve oral health.

Some of those suggestions included:

  1. Embedding oral health care education into practice
  2. Making oral health care affordable
  3. And the role of policy and partnerships

Visit this link for the full seminar: https://www.c3health.org/blog/events/oral-health-the-realities-and-the-opportunities/

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OGWENO STEPHEN OP-ED PIECE ON OBESITY PRESENTED AT THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY 25-5-2022

The World Health Assembly is here with us, and one thing is certain, that there needs to be more action on NCDs and obesity. Ogweno Stephen’s through provoking Op-Ed article on obesity was presented at the World Health Assembly. Here is an excerpt from the op-ed.

Here is my story — and why these recommendations, if implemented effectively and comprehensively, could be a game changer for the millions like me living with obesity.

People think that living with obesity is my fault. By overeating, being lazy, and not taking care of myself, I allowed it. When people think this, it is crushing. I know from my own experience that it wrecks an individual’s self-image, their mental health, and outlook on life.

[I] look with hope at the new comprehensive recommendations on obesity hopefully being adopted and then implemented by all member states this week.

Read the full version on the link below https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-wha-is-failing-millions-like-me-if-it-does-not-act-on-obesity-103327

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OGWENO STEPHEN PRESENTS AT THE WORLD HEART SUMMIT GENEVA 21-5-2022

Mr Ogweno Stephen was invited by the World Heart Federation to present at the World Heart Assembly in a very distinguished panel discussing the crucial topic of Why evidence no longer matters: Communicating heart health in a time of crisis. The all-star panel that tackled this topic included Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead for World Health Organization, Petra Khoury, Director Health and Care Department for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent , Stephen Ogweno, Founder and CEO of Stowelink Inc, Andrea Baer, Executive Director of Mended Hearts, Esti Nurjadin , Chairwoman of Indonesia Heart Foundation and was Moderated by: Borjana Pervan, Director of Communications and Strategy for World Heart Federation.

Some of the key points that were shared during this exciting discussion included:

  • Trust has been identified as one of the most important ingredients for reaching people and having an impact on their actions. If there is trust, doors will be opened.
  • Governments need to nudge their citizens, especially young people towards healthier living i.e. by introducing and giving a lot of priority to health practices in schools, i.e. through healthier school diets, physical activity spaces and routines and banning advertising of unhealthy products near schools, making the built environment support healthier living etc. Health communications needs to be simplified (different media, audio, visual , etc) and the focus needs to be on health, and healthy living, not just preventing a disease.
  • By creating meaningful partnerships – we engage in programmes and partnerships with these mini-influencers and ambassadors where they are not only seen as icons to be admired, but they actually contribute to the programme, course or initiative that we partner to them with as meaningful contributors and partners. By finding them where they are – Influencers, advocates and role models are already strong in specific fields, that why we admire them. So as opposed to wanting them to fit into our agenda, we should empower them to be stronger at their agendas that make them attractive and meet them where they are with support and encouragement. If they are active on social media, don’t make them on ground ambassadors and vice versa.

The full recorded panel will be shared when its ready .

The World Heart Summit convenes world leaders in cardiovascular health in the heart of global health diplomacy, just ahead of the 75th World Health Assembly.

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OGWENO STEPHEN SELECTED AS A DIGITAL ADVOCATE FOR A REGIONAL TRANS FATS ELIMINATION CAMPAIGN.

Ogweno Stephen was privileged to have been selected as one of the regional digital health advocates for trans fats elimination in a project run by The International Institute Of Legislative Affairs that covers the east Africa region. This is in line with Ogweno’s advocacy priorities and  will help him to address, advocate, educate and empower online communities with relevant knowledge on trans fats, its availability and why it needs to be eliminated altogether.

The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not- for- profit organization that works closely with Policy making institutions, Government Departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process to draft and advocate for pro- people policies and legislation. IILA’s mandate is to engage stakeholders in the policy and legislative process to facilitate the enactment and implementation of policies and legislation that have a positive impact on the lives of people

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PRACTICAL SKILLS POETRY COMPETITION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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POETRY CONTEST ALERT! PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS

Are you a poet who has had experience with  entrepreneurship? Can you write about it? And can you share some practical real life tips and skills for other entrepreneurs?

If you answered yes to both, then we are looking for you. Legacy Leadership Africa in partnership with The Ogweno Brand and the AfroPrenuer Podcast, have collaborated to bring you the PRACTICAL SKILLS POETRY CONTEST.

To sign up

  1. Send a WhatsApp message to Stowel on 0714671748 starting your text with #PracticalSkills
  2. Compose your masterpiece and send it to Stowel to get enrolled

On your submission kindly start with

  • OFFICIAL NAME
  • STAGE NAME
  • EMAIL ADDRESS
  • PHONE NUMBER
  • Finally your MASTERPIECE

Also send your picture

  • After the submissions deadlines pass your poems will be evaluated for relevance and the top poems will be updated for online voting.
  • The finalist poet’s will also be added to a common group for ease of communication.
  • All the poet’s will receive graphic designed posters for the online voting.

AWARDS AND BENEFITS

  • Top 3 winning poet’s will present live at the launch of the book Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success and will receive complementary tickets to attend the invite only black tie event.
  • Top 10 poet’s will also get a paid feature on the AfroPrenuer Podcast including both the production of audio and video recordings for their poems
  • All the top 15 poet’s will receive honorary mention and listing on our websites and could potentially be featured in a new book anthology on the same.

AFTER SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

The next steps include

  1. Your piece is now being reviewed by our team.
  2. After the deadline we will let you know if your piece made it to the finalists after which we will post your piece online for public voting, and add you to the finalist poet’s WhatsApp group
  3. If you hadn’t already shared a quality picture for your poster please do.

INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT THE POEM

The poems will be in three categories,

  1. English
  2. Swahili
  3. Mixed and slang.

Swahili and mixed slang poet’s will be equally considered but we encourage English for the sake of global audiences.

2. Poetry length is as you wish it to be, just be cautious not to be too shot that the reader isn’t engaged or too long that the reader is bored.

3. When submitting kindly remember to follow the following format

  • OFFICIAL NAME
  • STAGE NAME
  • EMAIL ADDRESS
  • PHONE ADRESS
  • THEN YOUR PIECE

don’t forget to share your photo as well

PRACTICAL SKILLS POETRY CONTEST TIMELINE

  1. Poem submission April 18th – May 2nd
  2. Poem Reviews 3rd – 16th May
  3. Online voting 17th May – 7th June
  4. Results – 12th June

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OGWENO AND ODUOR’S NEW RESEARCH ARTICLE ON VIHIGA COUNTY PUBLISHED IN AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL

We wanted to share with you one of our scientific research publications that was just recently published on our work in VIHIGA COUNTY. The research was looking at Assessment of Factors Influencing Non-Communicable Diseases Literacy Levels in Vihiga County–A Qualitative Cross-Sectional Study.

Here is the abstract to the research.

Background: Health outcomes are closely influenced by health literacy levels. In most cases, lower health literacy levels have been found to be related to higher prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)–including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic respiratory diseases. Despite this wealth of knowledge on the relationship between literacy levels and NCDs, most previous studies have been on the incidence and the prevalence of NCDs.

Aims: This study therefore sought to assess the factors influencing non-communicable diseases literacy levels, Vihiga County (Kenya).

Methodology: The study used a qualitative cross-sectional study design to collect data through though questionnaires and interview guides administered through focused group discussions and key informant interviews. A sample size of 55 respondents was used in this study–mostly the IPAB project (Improving Priority and Budget Allocation to NCDs in Vihiga County) beneficiaries. The data collected from this study was coded using Microsoft excel version 25 and analyzed using statistical packages for social sciences (SPSS version 25) and inductive data analysis (IDA) for the qualitative data collected was analyzed through traditional significance test.

Results: The study reported that community health programs and initiatives on NCDs, patient support groups, culture and misinformation influence NCD literacy levels. The study findings indicate that culture and misinformation, patient support groups, and community health programmes and initiatives are three key components that need to be considered when improving NCDs literacy levels.

Conclusion: The study also concludes that IPAB project helped boost the resident’s knowledge and understanding of NCDs. The findings of this study offer critical insights to Vihiga County Government to tailor their NCDs advocacy programs to fit local context thereby enhancing the knowledge and understanding on NCDs.

Read the full paper on the link below: https://www.ejeph.com/article/assessment-of-factors-influencing-non-communicable-diseases-literacy-levels-in-vihiga-county-a-12021

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NEW RESEARCH ON DECARBONIZING HEALTHCARE NOW OUT

I recently participated in a research project as a key contributor. This research project was looking at new ways of decarbonizing health care and here is the introduction to the paper.

About this paper : “The impact of climate change on health is now broadly recognised, with experts calling it both a public health and an equity crisis, as it disproportionately affects people living in low- and middle-income countries and exacerbates existing socioeconomic inequalities.1 The healthcare sector is vulnerable to climate change, but it is also a significant contributor – it produces almost 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.2 With this in mind, over 50 countries around the world have pledged to decarbonise and improve the climate resilience of their health systems. Efforts to decarbonize health systems require an integrated vision for sustainability, always ensuring that the quality of patient care is not compromised and that resources are used as efficiently as possible in any proposed strategies. The resilience of health systems needs to be improved to protect care delivery from the impact of climate change. Urban healthcare settings may be a logical starting point for action. Cities offer the opportunity for concerted action on decarbonization, as they are places where health, transport, housing, urban planning and other sectors intersect. This discussion paper explores these themes. It is based on initial findings from a structured literature review and will be developed into a more in-depth policy paper, supported by insights from a multidisciplinary panel of experts. The policy paper will be published later in 2022.”

Read the full paper on the link below. https://www.healthpolicypartnership.com/project/decarbonising-healthcare/

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WHAT WINNING THE HEALTH INNOVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR IN THE QUALITY HEALTH CARE AWARD 2022 TAUGHT ME

Last week was a week full of incredible news, glamour, and pomp as we attended the Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards. These awards are the first of their kind that are nationwide with the participation of the Kenyan Ministry for Health and award excellence in the health care sector. During the night we won two awards the health innovation project of the year and runners up in the best use of social media for health nationally. These awards came through the incredible work of the NCDs 365 project which is a 5-year health literacy and education project for non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa that has so far reached over 3.5 million people continentally operating in 10 countries and improving health literacy for chronic diseases.

So here are three things I learnt from winning

  1. Its all worth it. – when I started the NCDs 365 project the number of challenges and the level of discipline that was required from me to be able to push the project forward was huge. And often running such a big multinational project meant serious coordination, resilience and grit. Off course there would be feelings of blame, feelings of sluggishness and feelings of demotivation. But we had to pull through, we had to wake up and show up every day and deliver excellence. And we did and this award really solidified to us that all of it was worth it.
  2. Positive culture of mutual respect. – winning makes it easier to respect and listen to one another, because after all, if you win together, then the presumption is that everyone is a good player. Winners can maintain high aspirations and act generously toward others. This feeling was something that I learnt especially afterwards when I was meeting and engaging with other winners. Winning made us even more open to new ideas, positive criticism and room for respect.
  3. Self-determination. – There is a phrase that goes, “Winners have more control over their own destiny. “Why tamper with success?” we often say. I found out that this was very true. When you win your self determination actually increases. I remember when picking the trophy , what was running on my mind was that we have won a big award, now we need to go bigger, we need to go better, we need to aim higher. Clearly winning motivates you to go bigger and better.

What have you learnt from winning?

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