Promoting access to reproductive health services

The project led by CHASE Africa, in Narok County in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya, aims to promote access to reproductive health knowledge, information and services for adolescents and youth. It’s second objective is enhancing community awareness and advocacy for prevention of early marriage, sexual and gender-based violence (including FGM) and the prevention of child abuse.  More specifically the project includes the construction and outfitting of a Youth Friendly Centre, within a recognized health facility, the Talek Health Centre, ensuring its sustainability. Counselling, services and information on Sexual Reproductive Health will be provided to 2,000 adolescents. An additional 1,800 school children from the county will have access to the services provided by the YFC, and 2,500 community members will be educated on child and adolescent rights and the importance of education for girls. The project also includes alternative rites of passage events for 50 girls.

Founded in 2000, CHASE Africa is a registered Charity in the UK dedicated to enabling women, girls, men and boys in remote environments to access primary healthcare, to choose the timing, number and spacing of their children and to manage their natural resources in a sustainable way.

 


News

Type

Education / Health / Environment

Duration

March 2021- February 2023

Location

Narok County / Kenya

With whom

CHASE Africa

Website

www.chaseafrica.co.uk

Kenya

Population
49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.