Tag Archives: Resilience

Influence of Supply Chain Resilience on Performance of Categorized Hospitals in Kenya (Published)

The study sought to establish the relationship between supply chain resilience and performance of categorized hospitals in Kenya. The study sampled 264 supply chain managers from 773 hospitals offering both inpatient and outpatient services in Kenya as listed by National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). The sampling technique was stratified random sampling based on the eight regions as identified by NHIF. The study adopted Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model to measure performance of hospitals. The study findings indicated that private hospitals had a higher DEA score compared to the public and faith based hospitals. The findings implied that private hospitals were generally efficient than other type of hospitals. Further, the study found that supply chain resilience had a positive significant relationship with performance. The study recommended the use of outsourcing, spare capacity, and use of local suppliers to mitigate against hospital operational risks.

Keywords: Hospitals, Performance, Resilience, Risks., Supply Chain

The Impact of Flooding On the Livelihood of People Living In the Luhonono Area in the Zambezi Region, Namibia (Published)

This study examined the impact of floods on the livelihoods of the community of the Luhonono area (formally called Schuckmansburg) in the Kabbe constituency in the Zambezi Region of Namibia. The problem identified is the persistent flooding in the Luhonono area, giving rise to the need to look at the impact of floods on the livelihoods of the local community. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches, utilising both descriptive and exploratory designs. The target population for the study was all the heads of households, community leaders and a political councillor of government in Luhonono area. The study applied both purposive sampling and simple random sampling techniques. Structured questionnaires and an interview guide were used as research instruments to collect data from the sample. The data was used to measure the impact of floods on the livelihood of the people in the flood-prone area. The data collected were computed using the Excel computer program version 16.0 and the data were analysed by both qualitative and quantitative techniques. Chi Square tests were carried out to determine the association of villages and the severity of the flooding to the respondents. Hypotheses to test this association were examined using the Chi Square method. It was established that there is no association between the villages and the overall severity of the floods in the Luhonono area. This implies that all the villages were equally affected by the flood. There is a need for further studies to develop baseline data on the impact of flood that will help the Government of the Republic of Namibia in establishing strategies that will help the communities in flood prone areas to develop resilience against the impact of floods. 

Keywords: Disaster, Flood, Hazard, Preparedness, Resilience, Vulnerability

THE POLITICS OF MOURNING AND RESILIENCE IN ZAKES MDA’S WAYS OF DYING: PSYCHOANALYTIC, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES (Published)

This paper sets out to get to grips with how one of the foremost postliberation South African writers, i.e. Zakes Mda, grapples in his fiction with two glaring societal features of the rainbow nation: mourning and resilience. Ways of Dying on which this research article is based is, doubtless, a reproach on democratic era South Africa. The author resorts to the pervasiveness of violence and its attendant string of deaths as a stepping stone to lay bare his gut-feeling that his country is, sad to say, continuously in mourning. On the flip side, Mda makes the contention that, for all its woes pertaining to crime and deprivation of any ilk, South African society is conspicuous by a mind-blowing bend for resiliency. Arguably, Mda’s Ways of Dying represents a cautionary tale about the mind-boggling intricacies of the work of mourning and the driving necessity for a sense of bouncebackability in hostile world.

Keywords: Decathexis, Mourning, Plastic Force, Resilience, Trauma Loss Withdrawal

THE POLITICS OF MOURNING AND RESILIENCE IN ZAKES MDA’S WAYS OF DYING: PSYCHOANALYTIC, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES (Published)

This paper sets out to get to grips with how one of the foremost postliberation South African writers, i.e. Zakes Mda, grapples in his fiction with two glaring societal features of the rainbow nation: mourning and resilience. Ways of Dying on which this research article is based is, doubtless, a reproach on democratic era South Africa. The author resorts to the pervasiveness of violence and its attendant string of deaths as a stepping stone to lay bare his gut-feeling that his country is, sad to say, continuously in mourning. On the flip side, Mda makes the contention that, for all its woes pertaining to crime and deprivation of any ilk, South African society is conspicuous by a mind-blowing bend for resiliency. Arguably, Mda’s Ways of Dying represents a cautionary tale about the mind-boggling intricacies of the work of mourning and the driving necessity for a sense of bouncebackability in hostile world

Keywords: Decathexis, Mourning, Plastic Force, Resilience, Trauma Loss Withdrawal