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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KMET spreads wings to Baringo and Nakuru Counties

KMET has expanded its reproductive health programs to two new counties; Baringo and Nakuru in a three year partnership with FHI 360

The project christened Afya Uzazi, seeks to enhance access and utilization of quality reproductive and maternal health services with a focus on short term and long term contraceptives including permanent methods like tubal ligation and vasectomy.

 Working with 28 public health facilities in six sub counties, Afya Uzazi uses an outreach approach where community health  volunteers actively mobilize and book clients for reproductive health services to be offered on specific health days but also refer cients to selected public health facilities on other days for continuity of services.

 In its second month now, Afya Uzazi has trained community health volunteers and male champions from Baringo North,  Mogotio, Marigat, Kuresoi North and South Sub-counties. The male champions are expected to bolster messages of the  benefits of contraceptive use among their peers in the community.
 So far 9 public health facilities have been identified and assessed for recruitment in the program.

 KMET is implementing similar projects in 15 other counties in the South West and South Rift regions of Kenya using the  Huduma Poa Social Franchise which unlike Afya Uzazi comprises of 108 private clinics. The private clinics are supported to  provide a basket of contraceptive choices, offer integrated management of childhood illnesses, HIV and TB management  services. Of the 108 clinics KMET has integrated youth friendly clinics in 10 in partnership with Planned Parenthood Global (PPG). 

KMET also runs a robust project on quality healthcare financing in Nakuru County.