AFYA Timiza

Speeches Shim

Access to quality and affordable health care continues to burden the nomadic pastoral populations in the hard-to-reach arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya. Underpinning factors include greater difficulty in traveling to health facilities, less diversity in health care resources to choose from, and high illiteracy levels. Harsh climates make it difficult to attract and retain health care workers in the few existing health facilities. The patriarchal nature of the nomadic pastoral community also leads to gender norms that do not support independent decision-making for women, hindering their access to and utilization of health services.

Harmful social cultural practices like early marriage and female genital mutilation are customary. Women, children, and adolescents are most disadvantaged by these inequalities and vulnerabilities. Afya Timiza is an initiative aimed at sustainably improving health outcomes for mothers, children and adolescents from vulnerable communities by increasing the availability of affordable and quality services in family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH); nutrition; and water, hygiene and sanitation.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:45am

Last updated: March 30, 2021