Joy Muli is a combination of artistic creativity and intellectual curiosity. She’s often found flexing her creative muscle in musical practice or doning her lab coat scrubs in medical school.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
My inspiration to enter the competition was it being an avenue for my creativity; the perfect opportunity where medicine met creativity and the marriage of both skills was used for the benevolent purpose of raising awareness on diseases I’ve seen much too frequently in the hospital wards.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
Fighting NTDs matters to me because having seen diseases like leprosy in person, I believe so many African lives can be saved with the right knowledge. The huge morbidity and mortality burden of NTDs on developing countries is distressing and with awareness, measures would be put in place to mitigate this crisis.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
I intend to continue using social media through my DocTalk platform( talks on my pages about medical issues dear to my heart that engages my followers) to raise awareness on NTDs.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
I would request my country’s leaders to prioritise funding of health centers in the rural/ remote areas of the country just as much as the hospitals in the city in order to be a line of defense for the underprivileged people who face these diseases at a high rate. Accessible and quality medical care for all would go a long way in alleviating the burden of NTDs on people in my country, Kenya.