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Why Chinese husband, African wife found fame online

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Sandra Made and her Chinese husband Zou Qianshun are, in many ways, like millions of newly married couples around the world.

Made, 27, is a housewife who looks after their 10-month-old baby, while Zou, 43, is a fishing captain and the family breadwinner.

But in China, they have become an online sensation.

The couple began live-streaming funny skits of their home life on Chinese social media platform, Kuaishou, in February. They now have 120,000 followers.

Made says their videos are popular because people are not used to seeing an African woman with a Chinese man. “Everyone loves Sandra and thinks she’s outgoing,” says Zou.

The couple makes about 5,000 yuan (Ksh.72,700) a month through virtual gifts donated by fans on the site, which can be exchanged for money, he adds.

They met three years ago when Zou was working in Cameroon, where Made ran a hair salon. A year later, Zou proposed and the couple married in March 2017.

Soon after, they relocated to Zou’s hometown near Dandong, Liaoning province, in northeast China.

In 2016, there were just 1,700 mixed marriages in Liaoning, which is home to 43.7 million people, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

But Zou says there are five other Chinese men in his town with African wives. “They all met in Africa,” he adds.

The most-viewed video on Made’s feed is a comedy sketch of her pretending to feed her baby, Daniel, but instead putting all the food into her mouth.

Reactions on Kuaishou to the couple’s humorous skits include “666,” which means cool, and “Sandra! You’re so beautiful,” “Pretty eyes,” and “You speak good Dandong dialect!” Made says she improves her Putonghua by talking with fans online.


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Kenyan woman becomes the first African to sit on Cancer Global Body board

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A Kenyan woman, Dr. Miriam Mutebi, has become the first African oncologist to sit on the board of directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Mutebi is a breast cancer surgeon, clinical epidemiologist and health systems researcher who will not only represent Kenya, but also the African continent and the broader global oncology community.

She is also an Assistant Professor and Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital.

The oncologist will be on the board for a period of two years commencing this month until December 2022.

UICC Board President Anil D’Cruz made the announcement following a competitive election by the UICC General Assembly in which she came up ahead of other global cancer leaders.

She will now join the UICC board of 17 directors that will steer the third largest organization globally in driving cancer prevention and control strategy and policy for the foreseeable future.

While acknowledging her appointment, Mutebi stated that one of her major intentions was to push for cultural and other unique African attributes including language, to be considered and captured when experts are designing cancer policies and strategies that will impact Africans.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us in Sub Saharan Africa and for Kenya specifically to ensure that the global discussion on cancer policy and strategy, patient care and advocacy, is afro centric as much as possible,” she stated.

She added that it was important for Africa to feature prominently in global cancer prevention and control discussions since the incidences of cancer cases were growing fast.

Mutebi stated that she would try to get Nairobi nominated as a Future Cancer City.

“This is a major project that will help position Nairobi as a future-ready city with modern infrastructure and human resources to effectively manage cancer cases,” she stated.

UICC is a global body representing the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, patient groups, policy makers, researchers and cancer experts from 170 countries.

She aims to develop robust regional collaborations that leverage collective resources that will help improve available care and treatment options for patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our central aim is to bridge the gap between awareness and action in order to reduce the overall cancer burden for everyone. This is a major feat and we acknowledge will necessitate public and private sector health practitioners working together,” she concluded.

 

Source-https://www.kenyans.co.ke/


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First man cured of HIV dies of cancer

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The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown — known as the “Berlin Patient” — has died after a battle with cancer, the International Aids Society (IAS) announced Wednesday.

Brown made medical history and became a symbol of hope for the tens of millions of people living with the virus that causes AIDS when he was cured more than a decade ago.

He had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months and received hospice care at his home in Palm Springs, California.

“On behalf of all its members… the IAS sends its condolences to Timothy’s partner, Tim, and his family and friends,” said IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman.

“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hutter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible.”

Brown was diagnosed with HIV while was studying in Berlin in 1995. A decade later, he was diagnosed with leukaemia, a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

To treat his leukaemia, his doctor at the Free University of Berlin used a stem cell transplant from a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that gave him natural resistance to HIV, hoping it may wipe out both diseases.

It took two painful and dangerous procedures, but it was a success: in 2008 Brown was declared free of the two ailments, and was initially dubbed “the Berlin Patient” at a medical conference to preserve his anonymity.

Two years later, he decided to break his silence and went on to become a public figure, giving speeches and interviews and starting his own foundation.

“I am living proof that there could be a cure for AIDS,” he told AFP in 2012. “It’s very wonderful, being cured of HIV.”

‘Champion’

Ten years after Brown was cured, a second HIV sufferer — dubbed “the London Patient” — was revealed to be in remission 19 months after undergoing a similar procedure.

The patient, Adam Castillejo, is currently HIV-free. In August a California woman was reported to have no traces of HIV despite not using anti-retroviral treatment.

It is thought she may be the first person to be cured of HIV without undergoing the risky bone marrow treatment.

Sharon Lewin, president-elect of the IAS and director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia, praised Brown as a “champion and advocate” of a cure for HIV.

“It is the hope of the scientific community that one day we can honour his legacy with a safe, cost-effective and widely accessible strategy to achieve HIV remission and curs using gene edition or techniques that boost immune control,” she said.

By AFP


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Akothee’s selfless act during emergency honored in London

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Flamboyant singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has been feted with the Diamond Special Recognition Award, 2020, for her selfless actions during the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya. The colorful gala was held in North London and broadcast globally via Zoom on August 31 where Akothee’s efforts of traversing the country handing out essential items, providing free medical care and other charitable actions were recognised.

“Hey guys, thank you so much for tuning in during the Zoom live as I am receiving my award. I just love you guys so much,” she said, moments after receiving her award. The founder of Akothee Foundation went on to reveal that the broadcast hit the 2 million mark in terms of active viewers, adding that Kenyans topped the list across the African continent.

The gala was organised by Bustline Media, an entertainment, event planning & marketing company based in London, United Kingdom. The 10th year gala featured other great African artistes such as Nigeria’s Davido and Don Jazzy. Yetunde Oduwole, a popular writer, columnist, blogger and event planner/organiser, is the founder of Diamond Special Recognition Awards Worldwide. Through her Charity Foundation, the self-proclaimed president of single mothers saw at least 100 families fed in Mtwapa, Kilifi County on June 3. On May 7, she was part of the team that trooped to Kahawa West after she was alerted about the plight of a family of 7 children who were all deaf.

They brought along bales of food items only to realise that the family did not have a kitchen within their mabati house. Akothee promptly shared their story through all her social media platforms and was able to raise enough funds from well-wishers to pay the family a second visit to sort out the kitchen issue and visited with more essential items.

Last month, the Lake Region Economic Bloc appointed Akothee as part of a 17-member Covid-19 resource mobilization and advisory committee in a bid to help its members combat the spread of Covid-19. The committee is made of celebrities and investors in the region with the bloc hoping that their inclusion in the fray will help transform the fight against Covid-19.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the chairman of the bloc and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said that the committee will play an integral role in helping mobilise resources to help steer the counties to economic recovery. “The partial opening of the economy and cross border movement of people increased the spread of  Covid-19 and requires additional commitments and efforts,” said Oparanya.

Oparanya added that the bloc is focused on ensuring that they do proper resource mobilization to help cushion the region even after the pandemic.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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