FAITH FOR COMMUNITY WELLBEING

The project focuses on two determinants of health seeking behaviour: Science and Faith where trained Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) use scientific methods to create awareness of and deliver basic Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) Services while trained Faith Leaders who act as champions of RMCH use their social position to influence the uptake of RMCH services in the community.

The project trained 100 (45 Male, 55Female) CHVs both in Machakos and Garissa as well as 22 (14 Male, 8 Female) members of the community health committee to offer leadership in their communities. The CHVs offer health education to the community on different aspects of maternal health and offer referral services where necessary. Garissa County Government through the Ministry of Health promised to absorb the Community Health and Education Worker for the project as permanent staff after completion of the project to continue supporting the community.

A total of 50 faith leaders were trained on faith based approaches to reproductive, maternal and child health. They were taken through a number of reproductive health issues including but not limited to immunization, child spacing, hygiene and sanitation, the need for skilled delivery, Ante Natal Care, Post Natal care and general basic health. They were further trained on how these interventions are linked to their different faiths especially Muslim and Christianity. Overall the project has provided health services to over 11, 000 people in Kenya.

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AIM

This project is focused on increasing community-based maternal and new-born child healthcare services for 6,000 people in Kenya using faith-based approaches in a two year project that aims to support the Government of Kenya to achieve Millennium Development Goals indicators on reducing maternal deaths, reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.

OBJECTIVES

  • Train 50 Faith Leaders to be champions of local health issues. 
  • Provide 7,000 women with maternal health services. 
  • Set up 100 Family Health Action Groups in the local communities.
  • Train 100 Community Health Workers in the Faith Based Approach to ensure uptake of services. 
Faith To Action Network Article

SEWING FOR SANITATION

Women and girls affected by poverty face problems during their periods because they simply cannot afford menstrual hygiene product.


Nadhiif Menstrual hygiene project was initiated to provide education on basic knowledge on female reproductive health and menstrual hygiene. It was motivated by the sad reality of women and girls in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Like in many part of Africa, the women in slums do not know a hygienic way of managing their periods. Therefore with the help of Ruby Cup the women were trained and supplied with Ruby cups, can be worn for 12 hours and can sustain them for 10 years. Also the women were provided with hand washing soaps.


GO believes empowering women by providing them with Ruby Cups and ongoing support is what creates a real impact on their lives and therefore a long term effect on the society they live in.


Vision is to empower women to be in charge of their own social economic developments, while at the same time produce a high quality and affordable reusable sanitary towels responding to client’s tastes and preferences for self-comfort and personal hygiene. This combines IGA and health education to raise awareness about women’s health. Disposable sanitary towels are too expensive for many of these women and girls in the slums. The traditional use of rags can cause embarrassing leakages subsequently impacts on their health, academic performances and self-esteem.

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AIM

The overarching project objective is to help address the problem of vulnerable women and girls of the slum in the most practical way by introducing them to an effective and healthy way of addressing their menstrual related problems.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve knowledge attitudes and practice among women and girls of the informal settlements
  • Increase access to affordable, reusable and hygienic sanitary pads among women and adolescent girls
  • Improve capacity of income generation for women as dealers of reusable pads