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Increasing Long - Term Access to Safe and Clean Water in Wajir County
Posted in Drought Response by Jepchumba Violet on December 19th, 2011

A recent rapid assessment conducted by the Wajir South Development Authority revealed that on average, only three litres of water is available per person per day in Wajir County. This is far from the recommended 15 litres per day. The assessment further indicates that 90 per cent of the county had not received any rains [...]

Relief as Residents in Mandera County Receive Food Rations
Posted in Drought Response, General by Olivia Okech on December 19th, 2011

Residents of Takaba district in Mandera County now have more food to take them through the month after the Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya (SUPKEM) continued with it’s interventions to supply food rations to about 200 households in the area.  SUPKEM has partnered with the German Development Cooperation through GIZ to carry out nutritional [...]

Pan-African Health Congress on Universal Coverage Commits to Highlight Social Health Financing Innitiatives
Posted in Conferences/Workshops, Health Financing, Policy by atia on December 14th, 2011

Generating awareness and interest in proven social health financing and comprehensive health systems strengthening mechanisms was among the key recommendations at the 1st Pan-African Health Congress held in Accra Ghana in November. The Congress under the theme “creating a movement for universal coverage in health for Africa” was attended by representatives of Ministries of Health, [...]

Engendering Drought Response in Kenya
Posted in Drought Response, FGM & Gender, General, Human Rights by Jepchumba Violet on December 12th, 2011

The Kenya Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Drought and Refugee Influx June-December 2011 indicates that children and women are at the greatest risk of severe malnutrition during prolonged periods of drought. The report further indicates that high rates of anaemia amongst women and children lead to an increase in pregnancy complications and miscarriages affecting [...]

Kenyan-German Drought Response Implementation in Progress
Posted in Drought Response by natascha on December 6th, 2011

Implementation of the drought response funds from Germany is underway. Various implementing partners are carrying out interventions to ensure immediate provision of food aid, vitamins and food supplements for newborns and infants, convalescing women and those breastfeeding in the Programme’s focal areas affected by the drought. The partners are further expected to strengthen and expand [...]

Innovative Partnership Bridges the Unmet Need of Family Planning Gap in Western Kenya
Posted in General by Olivia Okech on December 6th, 2011

The Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) 2008/2009 shows a large and increasing unmet need for family planning, particularly in Nyanza and Western provinces. The survey shows that women in these rural areas have lower contraceptive usage at 37 per cent as compared to 47 per cent in urban areas. The survey further shows that poorer [...]

Bridging the Gap to Meet Reproductive Health Needs Among the Youth
Posted in General, RH, School Health by Faith Mahinda on November 28th, 2011

A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2010) puts Kenya’s unmet need for Family Planning amongst those between 15-24 years at 49.6 per cent. This report compliments a rapid assessment by Pathfinder International, on Youth Friendly Services (YFS), which showed that young people throughout the world are changing their attitudes and behavior regarding [...]

Behaviour Change in Employees and Employers Key to Financial Wellness
Posted in General by Rebecca Kilaki on November 22nd, 2011

Behaviour and attitude change towards money are key aspects to successfully overcome barriers to financial success and wealth. This was noted in a workshop on how to implement financial wellness in the workplace, where it was emphasized that both psychosocial and financial knowledge and skill (financial wellness counseling) are important to help employees with financial [...]

District Showcases Success in Improved Skilled Birth Attendance at Nurses Conference
Posted in General, RH by Irene Omogi on November 7th, 2011

A presentation on the increase in improved skilled birth attendance from 15 percent in 2010 to 43 percent in 2011 in Butere district, constituted part of the agenda at the recently concluded National Nurses Association of Kenya Conference. The presentation on the project to improve skilled birth attendance is an initiative of the GIZ Health [...]

Conference Calls for More Evidence to Back Up Fight Against FGM/C Globally
Posted in Conferences/Workshops, FGM & Gender, Human Rights by Rukia Yassin on October 27th, 2011

A conference on Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision (FGM/C) has recommended the set-up of an African Coordinating Centre on Research and Training for ending FGM/C.  The rationale for The African Centre for Research and Leadership Training for the Abandonment of FGM/C would be to support strengthening of leadership and research capacity of FGM/C issues in Africa by [...]

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