Duration: June 1st 2010 – May 31, 2011
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.
Duration: December 2008 through to February 2011.
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.
To create an enabling policy environment for strengthening family planning and selected reproductive health services.
The projects specific strategies were;
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.
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.
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.
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.