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KOGS SAAF Project


Duration: June 1st 2010 – May 31, 2011

Donor: PPFA

Project Contact: Prof. Joseph Karanja

The project title “Building a Network of Reproductive Health Providers to enhance access to safe abortion and post -abortion care services in Kenya”.

Project was run by KMA, KOGS and NNAK and funded by PPFA. The project aimed to contribute to decreasing maternal morbidity and mortality associated with complications of unsafe abortion, through increased access to and utilization of safe abortion and post-abortion care services for women through a sustainable network of reproductive health providers.

KOGS/ENGAGE Project

Duration: December 2008 through to February 2011.

Donor: PRB

Project Contact: Prof. Omondi Ogutu

The project was implemented through KOGS in collaboration with Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA) and its partners who included organizations like PPFA, CSA, IPAS, KMA and NNAK .

The ENGAGE project aimed at supporting the existing advocacy programmes by providing innovative advocacy presentations using the Trendalyzer software and best practice resource for meeting the advocacy target groups.

The project aimed to contribute towards a decrease in maternal mortality and morbidity due to unsafe abortion and its complications through provision of safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

Main Objective

To create an enabling policy environment for strengthening family planning and selected reproductive health services.

  • To achieve this objective, the project team worked closely with local partners to reach out to a variety of policy audiences including high-level government policymakers, civic and religious leaders, program officials, journalists, and other influential.

The projects specific strategies were;

  • Developing evidence-based multimedia presentations that use new state-of-the-art techniques in graphic design and presentation.
  • Strengthening local capacities to draw out policy implications from the latest data, design strategic communication plans, and sustain advocacy efforts.
  • Increasing knowledge among high-level policymakers, program officials, and community influential about the magnitude of high fertility and unplanned pregnancies, maternal morbidity and mortality, and their costs, consequences, and solutions.
  • Educating journalists on the consequences of unplanned pregnancies and maternal morbidity and mortality using the multimedia presentations as teaching tools.

MultiMedia Presentation (MMP)

The project developed a multimedia presentation on Women’s Health, Our Nation’s Health which was to address the unmet needs that led to women seeking abortions. The focus was on the facts, costs and economic consequences of unsafe abortion.

KEY ACTIVITIES

  1. PRB trained the Project Director – Dr. Omondi-Ogutu and five other members on how to make Multi Media presentation using the trendalyzer technology – which was a new concept.

After the training, the presentation was used as an advocacy tool to disseminate the information to the public through different audience who included Medical School Students and Secondary School teachers. Health care providers were also addressed through forums such as Midwifery Conference, KOGS Conference, NNAK Conference etc.

  1. An In-service training (trainer of trainer workshop) members was recognized as the most efficient way to reach the grassroots using the network of members spread nationwide. After the training members were in turn required to train in their respective county’s. These was effectively done and the areas covered included: Busia, Kakamega, Kabarnet, Iten, Eldoret, Kitale, Kiambu, Kangundo, Kitui, Machakos, Isiolo, Nyeri, Likuyani, Ziwa,Kapenguria, Kiambu, and Mombasa.
  2. A meeting was called by KOGS and its partners with the members of the Parliamentary Health Committee where the Policy makers were urged to lobby for a reasonable allocation of about 8% of the national budget towards health.
  3. The project had several medial engagements which included press conferences and newspaper features. The fact sheets were put in the public domain and the community at large was aware of the situation in the country and the number of women dying daily due to preventable causes. It also emphasized that maternal deaths have increased from 414 to 488.   

Achievements

The nationwide dissemination activities and highlighting of facts and figures on maternal mortality was an eye opener to the public. Members of KOGS – as experts in reproductive health – were contacted on several occasions by the media to participate in live shows on national television and talk on reproductive health issues. Several features on reproductive health were also published in the local newspapers.

Learning experiences

Policy makers, health care providers, the media and community as a whole does not give maternal deaths the attention it deserves and it is sad that women continue dying of preventable causes.


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