Towards Holistic Health for Children is a Handbook of Dr. Mercy Mauki’s conceptions about children and family issues over a period of 20 years as a teacher, counsellor, mentor and consultant in secondary schools, technical institute and universities. Therefore, this book, the first in the series, contains seven chapters which address different themes in a simplified way. The book takes the readers through topics such as: holistic health in families, children’s needs, health as preventive, curative and promotive, childhood ailments and diseases as well as factors that impact on children’s health. This is an easy-to-read handbook, very resourceful to students, teachers, parents and all children workers in schools, colleges, churches and para-churches both in Kenya, Africa and beyond.
This is an easy to read book that comprehensively discusses holistic health of children. It is a must read for parents, teachers, child workers, policy makers and any other stakeholder interested in the development and welfare of children – Dr. Rubai Mandela (Senior Lecturer, Kenyatta University & Co-Chairperson, Women Educational Researchers of Kenya).
Mercy Muthiga Mauki is currently a Lecturer at Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya and is in the Education Department as a Programme Leader of Child Development and Family Studies. She has taught at different levels: high school, technical training college, and has trained early childhood teachers. She is a researcher, curriculum developer, consultant, coach and mentor on issues affecting children, youth and families. She presently consults with Acal Think Tank on the interaction of education and societal issues affecting learning at all levels of education. She has authored newspaper articles on the effects of Covid-19 on education. She is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Oasis Community Network Kenya (OCN). She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Literature (Kenyatta University), a Master of Education – Educational Psychology (Kenyatta University) and Doctor of Philosophy (Education) in Child Development and Family Studies from Africa International University. She is married and has two children.