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.
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.
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
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
Send a WhatsApp message to Stowel on 0714671748 starting your text with #PracticalSkills
Compose your masterpiece and send it to Stowel to get enrolled
On your submission kindly start with
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
Your piece is now being reviewed by our team.
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
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,
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
Ogweno Stephen recently got a tour of the Good News Broadcasting Service TV Station (GBS TV) where he had discussions concerning the upcoming book launch of Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success Book. Whilst he can’t divulge the details of this closed-door meeting, what can be confirmed was that a partnership I underway that is set to improve access to the knowledge, insights and mindsets that are embedded within this new book.
GBS is based on a Christian mindset and emphasizes on the youth leadership training. It is established to practice this more efficiently, together with the world, approaches the viewers at the doorstep conveying a variety of reliable information and touching content’s predicts a huge media change in the 21st century. Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success by Ogweno Stephen is an upcoming entrepreneurial book that has been designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs get from ideas to building sustainable business. The book highlights personal experiences of a multi award winning entrepreneur Ogweno Stephen as he shares his stores of success, failure and challenges along the entrepreneurship life. The book is set to be released in June 2022.
Stories By The Fireplace is a children’s story book that aims at educating and empowering children with the lessons from the traditional African stories. This book was published by 7 authors including Ogweno Stephen all who went back to their communities to get the traditional African stories that were passed from generation to generation through word of mouth. This book comes at a critical point when we are slowly losing our authentic African stories as the world is getting more and more advanced and cultures are getting more and more eroded. The book serves a s a repository to solidify and accurately document these stories and their lessons besides immortalizing these experiences and rich heritage passed down for thousands of generations.
Ogweno Stephen was one of the co authors of this book and he brought the stories from the Luo community including stories of the great Lwanda Magere and Kit Mikayi who are legends in the Luo folktale stories and whose stories have multiple lessons that are important in shaping behavior culture and progress. In writing these stories, Ogweno focused on translating the lessons from these stories into solid advice for the new age. The stories in this book act as an exposition to culture. The book gives the youngsters the ability to not only learn from their cultures but also expand their experiences to other cultures as a result broaden their scope of thinking and exploration of the other communities around them making them more inclusive and less biased.
A few weeks ago, attended the Harambeans X Harvard Club Of Kenya meet to discuss the HBS Case Study on Harambeans: Mobilizing Capital in Africa. This gathering brought together alumni of Harvard University who reside in Kenya and the Kenyan Harambeans friends and affiliates like me. The conversations were full of insight and wisdom on discussing how we could build the future of the Africa that we want. During this gathering of absolutely incredible minds, I learned a few lessons but here is 3 that really stood out for me
Building Africa is our business
Successful African innovators are also deeply conscious of the barriers to their businesses’ success, and careful to build long-term resilience into their business models and that is why Africa has to be primarily built by Africans who understand its unique challenges. For entrepreneurs ready to solve problems and innovate to meet Africa’s unmet needs there is tremendous opportunity for growth. African innovators are often driven by a deeper purpose. They look at Africa’s high levels of poverty and its gaps in infrastructure, education, and healthcare, and they do not see barriers to business, but human issues they feel responsible for solving. Its because of this that its very much our business to solve Africa’s challenges and build the continent and this was echoed over and over again during this meet.
Great ideas are fueled by commitment and collaboration
If you want to create amazing results, you must almost always learn the power of collaboration. In a world that seems more polarized than ever, achieving true collaboration may seem more difficult than ever. But for a group that has driving principles and similar agendas for Africa’s growth and prosperity like the Harambeans, then incredible collaborations continue to emerge. One thing I learned about this gathering was that they are constantly looking for new ways to collaborate. The Power of Collaboration is reaching an entirely different level of achievement by working exceptionally well with others. This community really believes that when we are really collaborating, we create what Michael Schrage calls, a ‘communal brain.’ We not only bring out everyone’s best, we’re able to turn those ideas into a ‘collective intelligence,’ which allows us to achieve better results.
Successful people are those who offer the most value and service
Whether through donating to charity or the sharing of ideas, successful people have a habit of giving and creating value for the communities that they serve.in this gathering everyone was either a founder or a cofounder who found ways to give value to the communities that they served. This really cemented the fact that the best way to achieve success is to continuously find ways of providing value for the people you serve.