Showing posts from October, 2015

Reuters: Kenya-Transforming Mandera County’s Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

Photo Credit; @islamicrelief For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival. As little girls, they undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), a painful carving out of the external genitalia that leaves them with lifelong physical and psychological scars.  Most girls will be married off when barely into their teens, forcing them to drop out of school, their immature bodies thrust into the world of childbearing. As a result, Mandera – just a two-hour flight from the dynamic, modern East African hub of Nairobi – has maternal mortality ratio of 3,795 deaths per 100,000 live births that surpasses that of wartime Sierra Leon (2000 deaths per 100,000 live births) as well as the Kenya’s national average (448 deaths per 100,000 live births). My take:

Reuters: Kenya Cannot Rise If Its Women Are Left Behind

Consider this. A young girl called Amina Mohamed who is the 8th of 9 children, from a modest Muslim home in Kakamega County in Kenya was encouraged by her parents to complete her education and pursue her dreams.   Amina Mohamed is Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the first woman to Chair the World Trade Organization and is credited for enhancing  Kenya’s global image .    Through sheer grit, determination and a passion for the impossible, Amina a woman from ordinary circumstances went on to doing extraordinary things. Amina showed that women must persist in breaking down gender stereotypes and other barriers obstructing them from reaching their full potential.   My take:

Reuters: Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

Fostering public-private sector partnerships will help fill the gaps in capacity, resources, knowledge and innovation to reduce the greatest mortality risks faced by women today. It will also set a new standard for how companies and UN/NGOs can work together towards a shared goal. The UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin  stated tha t: “We are not looking to private sector organizations that will do corporate social responsibility; we are looking to private sector organizations that actually would incorporate these issues in their own DNA.” My take;

The Star: Will Kenya End Female Genital Mutilation?

Every year, Female Genital Mutilation scars thousands of young women and girls in Kenya physically and emotionally, for life. As President Barack Obama said during his recent visit to Kenya: “There’s no reason why young girls should suffer genital mutilation…” This tradition has “no place in the 21st century”. The practice consists of cutting away part of the external female sexual organs, often without anesthesia. Complications include loss of sensation, recurrent infections and pain, cysts, infertility, pregnancy complications and even death. It has no known health benefits. My take:

Huffington Post: With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

Kenya, is at the cusp of a " demographic dividend ," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century -- but only if the country takes the right steps towards investing in the current youthful population. My take: