KENYA – Covid-19: The action plan and new hotline of the Reproductive Health Network Kenya

In Kenya, there are 587 health care providers all around the country who have been trained and supported by the Reproductive Health Network Kenya (RHNK). These providers are committed to offering quality reproductive health services, including safe abortion, to their clients. They provide these services to all who need them, without judgment. The global Covid-19 pandemic is now challenging them in new ways, yet they continue to find a way to ensure safety and choice … Continued

KENYA – Covid-19 is cutting off Africa’s abortion access, reports Foreign Policy

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse. When a mother of three, aged 27, missed her period in March, she felt her stomach sink with dread. She is a farmer in western Kenya; her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Together, they barely make enough to feed their family. Unable to care for another child, she visited a local health clinic, walking … Continued

KENYA – Practical Guide for Continuity of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Family Planning Care and Services in the Background of Covid-19 Pandemic

This is a comprehensive and well thought out guide with more than 20 pages covering services for pregnancy, delivery and the post-partum period, breastfeeding, all aspects of contraceptive service delivery and emergency contraception, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with related services. In the Forward, the Ag. Director General for Health, Dr Patrick Amoth, describes all of these as “essential healthcare services for all in need”.  There is one glaring absence: the guidelines do not mention, even … Continued

KENYA – How two very different NGOs in Kenya are addressing the pandemic

In a detailed blog about what may happen to access to contraceptives and abortion pills during the Covid-19 pandemic as time goes on, Saskia Hüsken of Rutgers NL gives examples of two groups Rutgers works with in Kenya whose ongoing activities, including promoting contraception and safe abortion, have been adapted and continue.  The Reproductive Health Network Kenya(RHNK) has been campaigning for personal protective equipment for all Kenyan health workers. On 14 April, they describe a … Continued

KENYA: CONFERENCE SPEECH – Women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want one

In a speech at the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in February 2020, Nairobi County Women’s Representative Esther Passaris said women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want it, should not have children they can’t take care of. She expressed concern over women living in the slums who use abortion instead of family planning methods, resulting to inevitable deaths, and high rates of inhumane disposal of innocent infants. … Continued

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