PROJECTS

1.EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

This project is funded by the Business Advocacy Fund (BAF) through the support of DANIDA. The issue that this advocacy is addressing is the aspect of equal opportunities at the work-place for women.

 The impact of the project will be that the equal opportunities will maximize the use of the country’s talent pool by placing women on equal footing with men in the workplace.

 Surveys to be used in the advocacy project include targeted questionnaires; telephone surveys; semi-structured interviews; focus group discussions and a stakeholder’s workshop. The surveys carried out will collect evidence on the nature and magnitude of gender discrimination and the desired changes. Legislation elsewhere will be reviewed with the possibility of introducing similar legislation in Kenya. Finally, the research report and a policy position paper will be developed.

 The introduction of an equal opportunities act will promote awareness; the magnitude of the problem will be highlighted and lead to the development of policies that will reduce discrimination against women and promote affirmative action.

 This project is currently on-going and the lead consultant is Dr. Agnes P. Zani.

 

2.ADVOCACY FOR MICROBICIDES

This project is funded by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM). IPM is a product development partnership with the mission to prevent HIV transmission by accelerating the development and availability of safe and effective microbicides by women in developing countries.

 KMWA will contribute to creating an enabling policy environment for microbicides introduction and use in Kenya through the following activities:-

  1. Continuous Medical Education on microbicides, hence increasing the knowledge base of medical personnel on microbicides;
  2. Newsletter production and also information on the website;
  3. Symposium on the state of the field for HIV prevention research;
  4. Media focused training for science correspondents in Kenya;
  5. Participation in learning activities to increase KMWA's knowledge base about HIV prevention research/microbicides field

 

3.WELL- WOMAN CLINIC

The Well Woman clinic is a project of KMWA that was conceptualized in 1990 in collaboration with the Family Planning Association of Kenya –FPAK. The main aim was to address the Women’s health issues, majority of whom appear well and yet bear the burden of hidden disease.

The major focus is on Reproductive Tract Infection (RTIs) and Cervical cancer, conditions often neglected in the field of research, control and prevention. The main activities of WWC include:-

  • Pap smear-cytological evaluation and quality control.
  • Colposcopy evaluation of cervical intra Epithelial Neoplasie (CIN).

With time, we have managed to identify other Reproductive health needs and felt it was better to provide more services in a single setting in order to save on time, convenience and compliance to treatment provided to the women.

Today our clinic provides the following services.

  • Cervical screening and vaccination against HPV.
  • Breast Screening (for breast cancer).
  • Infection Testing –Involves full screening for sexually transmissible infections and include, blood swabs and any necessary referrals, prescriptions or follow up.
  • Family planning- A wide range of contraceptive methods are available:-
    • Intra-uterine contraceptive Devices
    • Hormonal Methods
    • Injectables
    • Pills
    • Implants
    • Barrier Methods Both male and female
    • Advice on Natural Family Planning Methods is also available.

4.FISTULA

This project has been supported by Standard Chartered Bank – Kenya Limited with technical support from KMWA members and the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and disabling complications of child birth which has virtually been eliminated in developed counties but is still prevalent in the developing world. Fistulas occur as a result of the 3 classic delays in getting the appropriate Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC): delay in deciding to seek medical attention, delay in reaching a health care facility, and delay in receiving Emergency Obstetric Care at the facility.

VVF occurs when the blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and the bladder is restricted during prolonged obstructed labor, the tissues die between these organs, forming holes through which urine can pass uncontrollably. RVF occurs in a similar way to VVF however, holes form between the tissues of the vagina and rectum, leading to uncontrollable leakage of faeces. The main factors that precipitate this are cross-cutting and include:-

  • Insufficient access to emergency obstetric care;
  • Preference to deliver at home with Traditional Birth attendants (often unskilled attendance). Poor access and referral systems due to long distances are some of the reasons why women deliver at home under unprofessional care. Obstructed labor is a common outcome of home deliveries;
  • Poorly managed Caesarean Sections at health centers;
  • Malnutrition and possibly repeated infections