Public participation policy review meeting

KMET through the Governance project held a three-days meeting with stakeholders from Kisumu County to come up with a final document from a draft copy of Public Participation Policy for Kisumu County. Representatives from the office of Kisumu County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF), Plan International together with other CSOs met at a Kisumu hotel to review the draft document (Public Participation Policy) before is handed over to the executive office of the county and county assembly for its approval.
The Public Participation Policy is anchored on the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and relevant Acts of parliament particularly the County Government Act 2012.
Citizen participation and involvement in budget allocation with County Governments have not been fruitful following the challenges faced by Kisumu residents. There have been obstacles.
The purpose of the Public Participation Policy is to clearly communicate the expectations of the Kisumu County to staff and community, as this will help everyone to know when they should consult and why. It is further to buy viagra online without prescriptions help the community and/or people to understand and encourage them to contribute to the democratic participation and decision-making processes of the county government. The community and/or people will have the opportunity to influence how county government functions through effective and meaningful public engagement processes. This would lead to improved and sustainable policy decisions to govern Kisumu County.
The document has gone under a series of reviews, from the first stage to the fourth stage. This follows concerted efforts by the same partners in 2016 that saw the County pass a County Public Participation Bill.
The final document will soon be handed over to the County Executive office, the County Assembly and finally its launch.
The Governance project is implemented in collaboration with Concern Worldwide with support from the European Union.

KMET Breaks Silence On Unsafe Abortion to mark Sept 28 

September 28th is recognized internationally as a day for grassroots activism against unsafe abortion and is one of the most significant global events celebrated annually in the Reproductive Health calendar.
On this day, KMET took the lead in breaking the silence of unsafe abortion by engaging the locals through Media buy generic viagra online Urban Radio and conducted a community in-reach to provide Sexual Reproductive Health information and services to women of reproductive age.

Speaking at Urban Radio KMET Executive Director mentioned that among the big five causes of maternal deaths, unsafe abortion has always contributed to the highest proportion even though it is the least discussed. She emphasized that unless we talk about it, our girls will continue with the ignorance.
An in-reach  conducted at KMET, brought  together young women from the community around who benefited from a reproductive health information as well as free health services  .

KMET commemorates world contraception day

In-order to secure a future where every pregnancy is wanted, the new generation should be able to make an informed decision about their reproductive health rights. This is only achievable when everyone takes the responsibility. World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. It is a worldwide campaign to improve awareness of contraception use among women of reproductive age.

In honor of this day KMET collaborated with other partners in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Contraceptive Day since its inception in 2007 with the theme ‘it’s your life it’s your choice,’ A number of services were available to all women including  Ultra sound services which was being offered by KMET.

The event provided a platform for women to learn more about family planning and other reproductive health services and to eliminate the confusion of choosing a method, which is more suitable to them given that there are a number of methods available.

In attendance was the chief guest Deputy Governor Dr. Mathews Owilli who recognized the importance of the CHVs in the community.” The CHVs in many cases help us even Identify any disease outbreak apart from referring clients to the facilities.”

KMET project conduct 4 surgeries, breaks record in an area with no BTL ever

20th September 2017.

Four women have successfully undergone a surgical procedure considered as a permanent form of birth control in Ngumbereti Health Centre, Mogotio Sub County in Baringo County.

A 37 year old mother of 10; 36 year old mother of seven; 34 year old mother of eight who recently suffered a near-fatal miscarriage and a 42 year old mother of seven were among the patients that underwent the procedure known as tubal ligation.

Hailed by sub-county health experts as the first ever to be carried out in the region, the procedures were offered courtesy of the Afya Uzazi Project (Safe Motherhood Project) implemented by KMET in partnership with FHI 360 in Baringo and Nakuru Counties.

Tubal ligation involves blocking the fallopian tubes to prevent the ovum (egg) from being fertilized with the male sperm hence prevents pregnancy. It is irreversible.

The mother of eight described how she nearly died of blood loss in the hands of a herbalist who was treating her when she suffered a severe miscarriage at five months of pregnancy.

“I thought I was going to die, I lost so much blood and I passed out. Later I was advised by doctors that I could easily undergo another miscarriage if I got pregnant given the number of children I have had so far,” she spoke of her motivation to undergo the procedure.

The 37 year old mother is a widow and the sole breadwinner for her 10 children. Her last born is 8 months old and she says she could still get pregnant by any of her late husband’s relatives as culture permits.

“I have a large family already, times are hard and I do not wish to expand it,” she explained in Kiswahili.
The Afya Uzazi project enhances access and utilization of quality reproductive and maternal health services with a focus on long term contraceptives and permanent methods like tubal ligation and vasectomy.

Prior to the surgeries, members of the community are mobilized by community health volunteers, educated on various methods of contraception and the benefits of family planning.

Women who wish to take up long acting but reversible methods like the implant are attended to onsite while those who wish to take up the permanent methods are booked for surgery at selected nearby health facilities. Usually a counseling room or corner is set aside for those with further questions and those who wish to take up the permanent contraceptive methods.

Defined as the percentage of married women who are currently using a method of contraception, the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in Baringo County is 41.4% (41.4) about two-thirds of the national rate in Kenya which is 58%.

This low uptake of contraceptives is attributed to inadequate knowledge about reproductive health which often lead to myths and misconceptions about the services and limited access to the services due to cost and distance barrier which causes a lot of missed opportunities for use.

6 more women have been booked for a similar procedure in Braningo North Sub County next week by the project team. 

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