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Saida Swaleh Rashid

Nairobi, Kenya
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About Saida
Saida Swaleh Rashid is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Saida is an experienced multi- media award winning journalist with a proven record for over 13 years in writing, presenting, scripting, editing, translations and voicing. Her vast communications experience has enabled her to excel in perfecting the art of writing, work closely with a multidiscipline team, travelled to some of the most luxurious and remote places in and around Africa, interviewed high profile Government officials, covered general elections and understood the world of public health care better.

Saida holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and media studies from the University of Nairobi and currently working on her master’s in diplomacy from the same university. Saida has won several awards locally and internationally in her in depth reporting in matters health and human-interest stories. She has extensive training from Reuters and BBC including high risk training for journalists working in conflict areas (HEFAT).

Saida enjoys cooking, long drives, walks, traveling and a nice bar of chocolate.
English Swahili
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In the sprawling Nairobi slum of Kibera, Renice Owino, a young computer programmer, is passing on her knowledge to disadvantaged students. Owino is the founder and driving force behind the “Code with Kids”. Saida Swaleh with more.

The 2023 Word Press Freedom Day theme highlights a basic truth - that all our freedoms depends on press freedom. In Kenya, journalists face many challenges, including violence while in the field. VOA's Saida Swaleh sat down reporters who were injured duri

Wadau wanahofia kuwa ifikapo mwaka 2050 huenda kukawa na plastiki zaidi baharini kuliko samaki, huenda utafiti huu ni kweli. Wakazi wanaoishi visiwani Lamu wanaitumia bahari kama jaa lao wakidai kuwa hawana mahali pengine pa kuzitupa. Taka hizo sasa zinaa

In December 2018 President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the ambitious pilot program on universal health care in four counties- Machakos, Nyeri, Kisumu and Isiolo. And as the world marks world health day today, Saida Swaleh seeks to find out whether the dream i

Huenda akawa ndiye mwanamke aliye na watoto wengi zaidi duniani akifanikiwa kujifungua jumla ya watoto 44. Ametembelewa na wengi na kutamaniwa hata na wanaume wengi kutokana na uwezo huu. Tunayemzungumzia ni Mariam Nabatanzi raia wa Uganda. Mwanahabari

For decades, the kaya forest has remained intact, thanks to its strong cultural significance for locals at the coast region. Saida Swaleh reports on the special place the forest occupies for locals as well as lessons in conservation for the rest of the co

Ifikapo mwezi Agosti mwaka huu itakuwa ni mwaka mmoja tangu Kenya ilipoingia kwenye ramani ya dunia kwa kupiga marufuku utumizi, utengenezaji na usafirishaji wa karatasi za plastiki. Lakini licha ya Kenya kuonekana kupiga hatua katika kumaliza plastiki.

One woman is using technology to save the lives of infants and their mothers. Dahabo Adi who is a medic from Moyale has devised a GPS gadget to track pregnant mothers and their infants for medical attention. But as Saida Swaleh reports.

The Long-Term Effects of Female Genital Cutting and Treatment Options

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses the issue of female genital cutting (FGM), which continues to impact women and girls in Africa. Dr. Adan Abdullahi, a Kenyan plastic surgeon, was interviewed by BBC journalist Saida Swaleh. Dr. Abdullahi talked about the long-term effects of FGM on women's health and the possibilities for reversing or treating the condition. The focus of the conversation was on the medical and social aspects of FGM, highlighting the ongoing efforts to address this cultural practice and its implications for affected individuals.

Living with Migraines: A Personal Story

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses migraines, which are identified by the World Health Organization as the most prevalent and frequently undiagnosed headache disorders. The BBC journalist, Saida Swaleh, presents a report that includes a personal story of a woman who suffers from migraines. The focus of the report is to shed light on the challenges faced by individuals living with this condition and to raise awareness about the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment.

Tracking Teenage Pregnancies: A Digital Solution in Kenya

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses the impact of the nine-month school closure in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the rise in teenage pregnancies. It highlights the challenges faced by pregnant teenagers, including stigma and fear, which led to a decrease in attendance for the recommended antenatal visits. The piece then introduces a solution by PharmAccess through the MomCare program, which uses data to track and support pregnant teenagers with financial and medical assistance. The report is by Saida Swaleh for the BBC.

Community Scorecards: A Model for Healthcare Improvement in Ghana

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses the challenges faced by African countries, particularly Ghana, in terms of healthcare. It highlights the shortage of drugs, healthcare staff, and the poor access to health facilities. The focus is on how some communities in Ghana, like Kojo Ashong, are taking matters into their own hands by using a model called the community scorecard. This model allows the community to have a say in healthcare matters, and the government often implements their recommendations. The BBC journalist Saida Swaleh visited the Kojo Ashong community to observe the implementation and effectiveness of the community scorecard.

Mauritius' Battle Against Covid-19: The Frontline Heroes

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article highlights the significant role of health workers in Mauritius in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. It focuses on the personal story of a doctor who exemplified dedication and bravery by going beyond their professional obligations to save lives. Despite facing immense fear, this health worker, along with others, stood on the front lines to fight against the pandemic. The BBC's Saida Swaleh provides an account of this doctor's experience and contributions during the health crisis.

Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion for Cancer Survivors

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses the benefits of tai chi, particularly for older individuals such as Suzette and Jean-Claude, who are both in their 60s and cancer survivors. Tai chi is portrayed as a form of exercise that is more meditative than physically strenuous, offering a calming and soothing experience. The report highlights the personal stories of these individuals who have found tai chi to be beneficial in their lives. The piece is reported from Mauritius by Saida Swaleh for the BBC.

Life Clinic, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

22 Feb 2023  |  BBC
The article discusses the personal story of Shela, who was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Shela experienced a sudden onset of paralysis, starting with an inability to move her legs, which progressed to a complete loss of motor skills. The story highlights her recovery journey, emphasizing the significant role that hydrotherapy played in her rehabilitation. The report is by Saida Swaleh for the BBC, and it sheds light on the challenges faced by individuals with Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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