health program

  • Teenage motherhood can be a significant barrier for communities seeking to raise education levels and break the cycle of vulnerability. When girls drop out of school due to teenage pregnancies or to get married, there is a knock-on effect for the community as a whole, and for future generations. Girls who marry young, inevitably have […]

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  • Every child has the right to a healthy start in life, which encompasses the right to survival, health and nutrition. The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for future heath, development and well-being. However, many children in the rural and urban slums are unable to reach their full potential. This is a […]

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  • Many adolescent girls know little or nothing about family planning, let alone where to get it. Their low status within their families, communities and societies mean they lack the power to make their own decisions about whether or when to have a baby. Macheo Children’s centre is dedicated to improving the lives of women and […]

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  • In many cultures in Kenya, menstruation is not talked about. It can be seen as dirty or impure and the silence around it can lead to a lack of knowledge, which can generate damaging misconceptions. Many girls think that they are dying or have a horrible disease the first time they menstruate, as the pain […]

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  • *Wanjiku, is 13 months old (10months on admission) and is the youngest of the six children born to *Waithera. Her mother is a casual labourer earning Ksh 250 ($2.50) per day, enough only for the family to afford a very limited diet. “I could not breastfeed *Wanjiku exclusively because of my heavy domestic workload and […]

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  • Dorcas Agrippina* is a 16 old girl from Madharau sub-location, Umoja village, one of the urban slums in Thika. She droppped out of school due to hardship at home. When she got pregnant, she joined our teen mothers program where we assist mothers in child care. We conduct individual beneficiary follow-ups with pregnant women, mothers […]

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  • 34 years old Jackline, hadd been planning a hospital birth, as her previous four had been but towards the end of her pregnancy the doctors were on strike. She is among many mothers who instead of looking forward to the joy of giving birth, was filled with worries as she braved the chilly idea that […]

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  • The Kenya government offer health and nutrition services intended to meet the needs of its citizens. But despite their best efforts, limited resources often constrain their ability to do so. Unfortunately, those who need services the most tend to go un-reached. In most cases, disadvantaged families such as those with little or no income have […]

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  • Teenage pregnancy continues to be a reality in Kenya – resulting in many girls dropping out of school each year. The inability of a pregnant girl or young mother to continue school can be one of the most harmful and psychologically distressing aspects of early pregnancy / motherhood. This has an additional long-term, career-crippling impact. […]

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  • Teenage pregnancy has many risks and consequences. The risks cross two generations simultaneously, that of the young mother and that of her child. For the mother, pregnancy at an early age may mean leaving home, dropping out of school, social isolation, poor health and little or no access to prenatal care. For the child, it […]

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