STOWELINK CPO IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KUTV ON TESTICULAR CANCER

In line with the Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, our CPO, Mr. Oduor Kevin was interviewed by KUTV to shed more light on this type of cancer which is less talked about yet is a common cancer among men. Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is observed annually in April to encourage men between the ages of 20 to 35 to get tested for testicular cancer. The month also doubles as a time to reflect on advancements in research, treatment, and progress.

Testicular cancer occurs when cancerous cells develop in the tissues of a testicles. The development of cancerous cells in both testicles can occur, but is very rare. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 35. The disease usually is curable.  According to Cleveland Clinic, there are two primary types of testicular cancers: seminoma and non-seminoma. Seminoma arises from young germ cells, grows slowly, and stays relatively immobile. Between 30 percent and 40 percent of testicular cancers are seminomas. Non-seminoma evolves from more mature germ cells These tend to be more aggressive tumors. There are also testicular cancers that are a blend of both seminoma and non-seminoma.

During this wide-ranging interview, Mr. Oduor talked about:

  • The signs and symptoms of testicular cancer
  • The difference between testicular cancer and prostate cancer
  • The burden of testicular cancer
  • Diagnosis
  • Why testicular is common in young people between the ages 20-35
  • And the reasons why testicular cancer is highly treatable.

In ending this illuminating interview, Oduor shared about the award we won during the Quality Healthcare Kenyan Award in the Innovation Project of the Year through our NCDs365 project. He talked about how the award was an inspiration and motivation for Stowelink to continue impacting lives and improving the health outcomes of our beneficiaries.

Here is the full interview for you to watch. Please like and leave a comment. Thank you!

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STOWELINK CEO FEATURED ON THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER – UK 31-5-22

Here is an excerpt from our recent feature on the guardian highlighting our work on obesity and non-communicable diseases in Kenya:

“You find young people at university want to add weight and grow a belly as a status symbol. It’s that bad,” says Stephen Ogweno, CEO of Stowelink, a youth-led enterprise aimed at combating NCDs. “There is still this perception that needs to change.”

For well-off Kenyans, Dr Wyckliffe Kaisha has the answer. One of the few surgeons in the country to perform bariatric – or weight loss – surgery such as gastric bypasses, he has seen a significant increase in patients, partly due to Covid-19, which alerted more people to the ramifications of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.One of his patients, a 29-year-old who last year had a sleeve gastrectomy – involving removing part of her stomach – has no regrets.

“It requires somebody to be psychologically and emotionally prepared because it is not easy, especially if you’re used to taking a lot of junk [food]. I really loved chips. Nowadays I can’t even stand the smell of fries,” she says.

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

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STOWELINK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MINISTRY OF HEALTH KENYA CELEBRATE THE WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY WITH AN INSIGHTFUL DIGITAL CAMPAIGN 31-5-22

Stowelink was privileged to have partnered with the Ministry Of Health, The Department of NCDs and the Kenyan FCTC to do an online digital campaign on tobacco and its harmful effects on the environment. Stowelink also had its volunteers in the ground to help the ministry commemorate the world no tobacco day which was graced by the health PS Mochache and televised on KTN News. This engagement comes at a crucial time when tobacco use continues to be the leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases in the region.

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So, what is the link between tobacco and the environment and what progress has the ministry of health in Kenya made towards tobacco control?

  • Fact 1: Each year, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are disposed of. A generous estimate is that half of them end up in landfills – the other half ends up in soil, lakes, oceans, and forests. Cigarette butts are theoretically biodegradable (they are made of cellulose acetate) but it takes them just under 2 years to completely vanish (which is also debatable as nothing vanishes completely) – and that is under perfect conditions.
  • Fact 2: 600 million trees are chopped down every year by the tobacco industry. Keep in mind that for every 15 packs of cigarettes a smoker smokes, one tree had to die.
  • Fact 3: US tobacco industry produces 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year – global tobacco production quadruples that amount. For comparison, one car produces 4 million times less. Shutting down the tobacco industry equates to taking 16 million cars off the streets every single year.
  • Fact 4: Tobacco manufacturers use four miles of paper every hour to wrap and package cigarettes and other products – making the entire industry a sizeable contributor to deforestation although it already is one to begin with.

Find out more on our twitter thread on this link: https://twitter.com/stowelink_inc/status/1531540170184482816?s=20&t=rCKx0eAmdCWEmN2TsEsuSA

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STOWELINK CEO 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 withc3 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/

STOWELINK FEATURED DURING THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY BY THE ACCESS ACCELERATED 25-5-2022

Stowelink’s work was featured by the Access Accelerated at the World Health Assembly as one of the progressive and impactful organization with initiatives focused on NCDs education, literacy and advocacy. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland

Founded in 2017 at the World Economic Forum, Access Accelerated is a collective of over 20 biopharmaceutical companies working to advance action for NCDs. Fueled by the belief that all people should have access to quality NCD prevention, treatment and care, we implement scalable solutions through partnerships that address barriers to NCD care.

Visit the microsite on the link below: https://accessa-events.org/

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STOWELINK COLLABORATES WITH WORLD OBESITY TO RELEASE AN INSIGHTFUL OP-ED PIECE ON OBESITY SHARED DURING 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. Stowelink through its founder and CEO Ogweno Stephen was privileged to have developed a though provoking op-ed that catalyzed action on obesity at the World Health Assembly. Here is the opening introduction to the op-ed.

This week at the 75th World Health Assembly, member states will be deliberating a number of important issues related to noncommunicable diseases, including, for the first time, a new set of comprehensive recommendations on the prevention and management of obesity throughout the lifecourse.

These new recommendations come as data shows that countries are not only failing to halt the rise in obesity in line with World Health Organization targets, but the number of people with obesity is on course to hit 1 billion by 2030, or double the number of people in 2010. All too often, obesity is only considered a risk factor requiring prevention through nutrition and physical activity interventions, instead of also being addressed as a chronic disease, as defined in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases which came into effect in January.

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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THE GUARDIAN FROM UK VISITS STOWELINK IN KENYA FOR A FEATURE 23-5-2022

Stowelink recently received guests from The Guardian, UK who came to document and share the work that Stowelink does on non-communicable diseases space. We were privileged to have hosted Lizzy Davies and her team in the field at Njathaini where we discussed on the obesity epidemic encroaching the low socio-economic strata of the society. An article on the same will be released soon.

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and changed its name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust.

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STOWELINK CEO PRESENTS AT THE WORLD HEART SUMMIT GENEVA 21-5-2022

Stowelink founder and CEO 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 however we would like to thank Ogweno Stephen for performing exceptionally well and delivering very insightful and very practical recommendations on the topic.

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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STOWELINK COLLABORATES WITH NCD ALLIANCE OF KENYA TO DISSEMINATE AND ENDORSE THE GLOBAL CHARTER ON MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT THROUGH A MINI PODCAST SERIES 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 week of charter for meaningful involvement for people living with NCDs. This was done through a mini audio-visual podcast series that’s 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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