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Fight against Cancer: Optiven Foundation Partners with KNH’s Hope Hostel Project



October 14th, 2019: According to the 2018 GLOBOCAN report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are approximately 47,887 new cases of Cancer in Kenya annually while 32,987 die from it yearly.

Most of these Kenyans seeking cancer treatment locally come to Nairobi from far flung parts of the country. Many times over, they have a huge challenge when it comes to accommodation, since many of them cannot afford the huge cost of accommodation in the city.

They end up spending their nights in the cold corridors of our medical facilities, as they wait for the sun to rise and another date with the medics.

“Optiven Foundation recognizes that there is a need to have a lasting solution to this problem. In this regard, we are glad to partner with Kenyatta National Hospital’s Hope Hostel Project, to help cancer patients get a proper place to sleep,” says Mr. George Wachiuri, the Chairman and Trustee of Optiven Foundation.


Optiven CEO George Wachiuri

The Foundation has today donated Kshs100, 000 towards the construction of the upcoming hostel, which will come as a huge accommodation solution to the cancer patients.

“In 2018, we carried out a study that found out the reason why many patients do not go through the entire cancer treatment process is because they face three major challenges namely accommodation, transport cost and proper nutrition. Based on these findings, we decided to come up with a solution for these problems by coming up with this Hostel that will accommodate these patients for free, while they are going through their treatment” says Dr. Tom Bosire Menge, KNH’s Deputy Director, Affiliations & Institution Development.

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According to Dr. Esther Cege Munyoro, Head Pain and Palliative Care Unit KNH, this Hostel is an undertaking that will go a long way in helping to heal the emotions and agony of thousands of Kenyans.

Indeed, the story on the agony that cancer patients go through in the process of seeking medication in Kenya is very touching, to say the least. And this facility is one way that is going to drastically bring great relief to numerous patients seeking medication at KNH.

“It is important for all of us to unite as a country and walk the talk in fighting cancer. I request all corporates and business owners to contribute towards making the lives of cancer patients more bearable,” says Mr. Wachiuri.

The Foundation Chairman has pleaded with other corporates to come together and create a difference in our society. “Let us all be the champions of positive social transformation,’ he said.

About Optiven Foundation

Optiven Foundation believes in giving back to the society. The foundation achieves this through its 4 key areas that include:

1. Poverty alleviation
2. Environmental protection
3. Education
4. Health

Amongst many other undertakings, the Foundation has managed to offer successful scholarships to hundreds of young children across all the 47 Kenyan counties through our Soaring Eagles Scholarship Programme (SESP). The Foundation also supports the Soweto Anti-Aids Children’s Home in Kayole, Embakasi District in Nairobi, which is a home that accommodates over 100 children, mostly orphaned due to Aids.

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Janet Wanja announces engagement to Italian boyfriend



Could the wedding bells be ringing for Kenyan volleyball star Janet Wanja?

The Kenya Pipeline setter on Tuesday took to Facebook and announced her engagement to Italian boyfriend Giulio Calauti.

This piece of news was received with excitement and congratulatory notes from her friends on Facebook with some asking when to expect her in a wedding gown.


Wanja has been dating Giulio for the past year or so and at some point, the Italian invited the Malkia Striker to Italy to visit his family.

And perhaps to show her commitment, Wanja appears to be learning some Italian going by the recent birthday message she posted to her better half.

“I thank God for blessing you yet another year to celebrate. My prayer is He keeps watching over you as He Always Has. Grazie mio cuore (thank you my heart) for always being there for me and loving me in waits I could never have imagined,” wrote Wanja.

The development provides a triple celebration for Wanja who recently helped the national women volleyball team win the African Games title in Morocco.

She also landed a lucrative endorsement deal with a betting company believed to be worth millions of shillings.

Janet Wanja.

by NN

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17th body found floating on Nairobi River during clean-up



A body of an infant has been found during the ongoing clean-up of Nairobi River in Korogocho area.

The discovery brings to 17 the number of bodies retrieved from the river since Governor Sonko launched the Nairobi River cleanup exercise early last year, according to Nairobi county government spokesman Elkana Jacob. So far, bodies of 13 infants and four adults have been retrieved from the river.

“Right now we are still in shock,” said Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions, the organisation behind the clean-up. “One of us saw the floating baby and we rushed to save him as a team. We managed to recover him but he was already dead.”

This is the ninth baby his organisation has found in one section of the river in a few months. The team has buried the bodies in a makeshift grave next to the river.


Okinda believes that this was another aborted baby and has previously blamed illegal clinics for some of the bodies found.

In May, the clean-up crew found the body of an eight-year-old boy, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, unless a woman’s life or health is in danger.

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The news coincides with the first day of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which sees thousands of experts in sexual and reproductive health gather in Nairobi.

Some 6,000 people – including heads of state, government ministers and donors – will gather to discuss everything from sex education to maternal deaths and child marriage.

The event has come under fire from Christian groups who claim that it is promoting abortion and homosexuality in Kenya.

At a press conference on Monday, Saitoti Torome, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Planning, said authorities had been engaging with faith-based organisations to ensure that concerns were addressed.

“There is no attempt to push issues like homosexuality and abortion at this conference,” he said.

“This is a global summit, not a Kenya summit,” added Arthur Erken, UNFPA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships.

“This is an important issue for women and girls and that is why we cannot shy away from these difficult issues. What to do with it afterward is the sovereign right of every nation.”


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Nyashinski changes his name through gazette notice



Rapper Nyashinski has dropped one name from his official name. In a gazette notice issued on November 1, Nyashinski, whose real name is Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, now wishes to only be referred to as Nyamari Ongegu.

Abandoning the use of his first name, Inyatta.

“Notice is given that by a deed poll dated the 10th April, 2019 duly executed and registered in the registry of Documents at Nairobi. Formerly known as Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the use of his former name Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, and in lieu thereof assumed and adopted the name Nyamari Ongegu, for all purposes and authorizes and requests all persons at all times to designate, describe and address him by his assumed name Nyamari Ongegu only,” read part of the gazette notice.

Nyashinski is yet to reveal the reasons for his decision to drop the name.

It appears the rapper made the decision before celebrating his traditional wedding to his longtime girlfriend Zippy Jepkemei Bett.


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