There exists no ugly child | Hakuna mtoto aliye mbaya

"Oh, he's so cute!!! Are your other children as cute as this one?" This is an actual question a nurse once asked of a parent, and I found myself in the awkward position of having to translate it. For starters, there is no word -- that I know of -- for "cute" in Swahili, and … Continue reading There exists no ugly child | Hakuna mtoto aliye mbaya

Beautiful health | Afya yenye urembo

One thing I never thought I'd say in this lifetime: I taught a makeup and head wrap class! Last Monday, I ran a Look Good, Feel Better® (LGFB) workshop. LGFB is an American Cancer Society program that I've been volunteering with since 2014; we teach women who are undergoing or recently completed cancer therapies (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) … Continue reading Beautiful health | Afya yenye urembo

Why? (Part 2) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 2)

As I mentioned in my welcome post, this blog was partly inspired by one of my patients; as promised yesterday, I’m going to tell you about the encounter. I met a young East African woman in her twenties, whom I’ll call J, while interpreting for her at a reproductive health appointment sometime last year. The appointment … Continue reading Why? (Part 2) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 2)

Why? (Part 1) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 1)

The necessity of this project cannot be summarised in one blog post, but I’m going to try and illustrate it with a concrete example instead. So much work has been/is being done in the area of reproductive health for youth across the African continent, that my small project may seem redundant to some. Tomorrow I will … Continue reading Why? (Part 1) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 1)