• Question: Good evening, have lots of questions for you guys but for today i'll ask 3 questions: To Dr. Jacquie, what motivated you to do further studies on pedreatics? how can you prevent reoccurance of TB in adults, like when you get vaccine at a you age then it hapenn you get it when old? 2. DR. Mary on mental health issuseus as you work with community what advice do you give to family members who perhaps doesnt understand mental problem their family members might be having and instead of going to the hospital they go to wagagnga?

    Asked by peke16and to Peter, Mary, Jacquie, George, Boniface, Alice on 12 Feb 2021.
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      Jacquie Oliwa answered on 12 Feb 2021:

      Thanks..I think for me the main motivation was seeing children dying from preventable causes..trying to understand the reasons why, and to come up with recommendations to improve things is my main motivation. So the TB vaccine works by helping the body build immunity to prevent more severe disease. It does not prevent recurrence. In fact most of us have probably already been infected with TB since Kenya is a high burden country. The vaccine protects you from it spreading to cause more severe disease like TB meningitis etc. This occurs in people who are immuno-compromised due to disease or drugs, or like young children who still have an immature immune system..

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      Mary Bitta answered on 15 Feb 2021:

      Great Question! Many of those families chose wagangas because they believe mental health is caused by witchcraft, so my first advise to them is always that mental illness is not witchcraft. I even learnt how to say that in Kigiriama “Vilalu si utsai!”. Then I always advise them to go to hospital and seek help for their patients, and most of them who go to hospital always return with very positive feedback.