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Introducing myself and my journal: small in size but loud in voice

About Me:
I am 29 years of age hailing from Africa,born in a poor family as the first born of my four siblings,life was not easy since inception.I had to survive minus many basic necessities like food and clothing,shoes were a luxury i could not afford.I had on several occasions to go to school on an empty stomach,plus sugarless watery tea as my snack.I was the laughing stock to most of my classmates who came from well to do backgrounds.At class four,my class teacher recommended me for child sponsorship through World Vision Programme who provided me school uniform and food stuff,ooooh luck was on my side.Since i was assured of school uniform every academic year,i had to share what i had with my younger sisters and at times i would wear them to church due to lack of an alternative.Unfortunately,my sponsor passed on 3 months before i sat for my final primary school exam and since there was no other sponsor to take up the responsibility,the programme dropped me as a sponsored child.This was the darkest moment of my life,though i was young i vividly understood what this meant to my future and my entire family.

Surprisingly,my early struggles did not deter me from chasing my dream of furthering my studies to university level.I passed so well but parents could not afford even tuition fees and fare to a nearby low cost secondary school.I had to drop from school however painful it was and join my parents in casual labour to fend for the family.Life was not easy at all,from poor wages,being overworked and sexual harassment from my employers,i called to the Lord day and night to see me through these turbulent times.

An year down the line without schooling seemed to have marked the end of my school life.One day,however, i met a church elder in a local church where i was actively involved in the youth programme who gave me a listening ear and offered to cater for my expenses to go back to school.I repeated class eight and emerged the best female student in the entire zone.This impressed the entire neighborhood who turned up in large numbers for a funds drive to support my secondary education.Though the amount raised was not enough to cater for my secondary education,it pushed me a great deal.I had to work in the school shamba during all school holidays to reduce the ever increasing arrears,my parents also worked hard to substitute this.During my final exam,i only had a balance of 7500 Ksh.

I got a job immediately as a supermarket cashier,with an income of 2,500Ksh per month,i managed to save few coins and managed to collect my KCSE certificate by December 2001.I scored highly and managed to secure a placing in one of the local university for BSc course.I was the happiest,through many struggles and total reliance from the Government of Kenya-Higher Education Loans Board loan,i finished my four years degree course.

It has been 5 years since i completed campus,i am enjoying the fruits of my labour and the envy of my village.If you talk of excellence in my village everyone refers to me for having beat all odds and achieved my dream.Many also consult with me on their childrens' careers which makes me proud.I have also on several occasions during my vacations,conducted community health talks in my village to enlighten them on matters pertaining to their health,thus their tendency of referring to me as "teacher Grace".

I have enrolled for my Masters starting next year January,i am proud of who i am,for i maybe small in size but my vioce has to be heard.

My Passions:
i have a passion for destitute children, i would commit all i have to cater for their basic needs and show them that someone cares as someone once showed me

My Challenges:
inadequacy of resources and shortage of time since my current job involves lots of travel to the field

My Vision for the Future:
to build my capacity in the areas of public health and venture into community health among the marginalised communities

My Areas of Expertise:
foods,nutrition &dietetics,HIV/AIDs,Monitoring & Evaluation,Child Protection


olutosin's picture


I read your post with joy in my heart, and I can secretly pray that all children undergoing this type of agony will be freed...from oppression, poverty and agony. I hate poverty, and hate discussing the subject. I am so happy to meet you here today I believe that we here are destined to be together, work together and free children with similar fate.
Pulsewire is our online community, here we open the home door, feel free to discuss issues, from personal to global as long as it is relevant and progressive. Browse through the group section and join the ones you fall in love with, and always post to your journal it is a way of practicing and learning.
I will implore you to create time out of the no time to apply for this year's Voices of our Future Correspondent program, we want your type, you have stories and the world is listening.
Welcome my dear sister.....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


carsongitau's picture


The health of mothers and children is central to global concerns; improvements in maternal and child survival are two important Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs specifically deal with maternal and child health, Goal Four aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds between 1990-2015, while Goal Five is to reduce maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 1000) by three-fourths during the same period. Apart from the obvious linkages between health programmes, mother and child health is intimately bound up with economic development, education, gender issues and rights.
Key points to note in MNCH situation in Africa are:
• Sub-Saharan countries are lagging behind other regions in progress towards MDG 1, 4 and 5 targets.
• Worldwide, 536 000 women lose their life during pregnancy and childbirth every year. The world map below indicates the magnitude of the maternal mortality ratio. Maternal mortality ratio is by far the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 1 in 23 women faces life time risk of dying, when compared to 1 in 2300 in Europe"
• Children living in Africa have a much higher chance of dying before the age of five, and among those, are the children of the poorest families who will suffer most. Of these 1 in 4 deaths occur during the neonatal period
• There is no sub-Saharan country among the 63 on track for attainment of MDG 1, with 54% of childhood mortality being associated with under nutrition.

With only six years left to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) date, there has been a reduction in infant and under five mortality. However, maternal and newborn health indicators in Kenya have generally stagnated or show very marginal improvement. The recently released KDHS revealed the following:
• Reduction in Infant Mortality from 77 to 52/1000
• Reduction in Under Five Mortality from 115 to 74/1000
• Newborn mortality rate has reduced from 33 to 31/1000
• Delivery by a health care professional has increased from 42 to 44%
• Delivery in a health facility increased from 40 to 43% but with some regions reporting only 17% delivery in a health facility
• FP contraceptive prevalence rate has increased from 39 to 46%
• Maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 414 to 410/ 100 000
• Breastfeeding coverage
In the recently concluded survey, Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2008 indicate that:
• All maternal health indicators remain poor. Kenya is 14th in the list of the worst 20 countries that contribute the highest numbers of maternal deaths
• Child Survival has improved but is being pulled back by the high newborn deaths. (In 2008 DHS, neonatal mortality has increase to 60% of the IMR, up from 45% in 2003).
• Nutritional indicators have also largely remained unchanged over the last decade.

These changes are still way below the National as well as the MDG targets. Kenya therefore like other sub Saharan Africa countries has to put in place strategies to accelerate the reduction in maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality. With NMR contributing over 60% of IMR, we know that if this is addressed, we will be able to attain MDG 4. However issues of the newborn cannot be addressed separately as they are intrinsically entwined with pregnancy, labour, delivery and postpartum care. Hence addressing maternity care automatically translates to improved newborn health.
Many stakeholders are expressing greater interest in investing in Maternal and Newborn health. Key policy documents have been developed including the National MNH Road Map which is almost finalized, the Child Survival and Development Strategy and the Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategy and the National MNH Road Map. These key policy documents clearly outline the broad strategies and priority actions necessary to accelerate the reduction in maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. The priority interventions therefore need to be adapted by the districts and included in the Annual Operational Plans.
Adolescent health: Child bearing begins early in Kenya putting many children at risk of maternal morbidity and mortality. Almost a quarter of young Kenyan women aged 15-19 years have begun child bearing, which means that they are either pregnant with their first18 child or are already mothers (KDHS 2003). Teenage pregnancy leads to disruption of young people’s education and reduces future potential of a good life. Currently DHS data show higher rates of fertility among adolescents. The proportion of adolescents aged 15-19 that are pregnant remained static since 2003 at around 21 percent.
With this in mind, there is therefore need to provide reproductive health information and services to the youth aged 10 to 24 years who are sexually active to assist them to prevent and thus reduce the incidence of reproductive health related problems, which will in turn boost MCH among the youth.

To improve MCH, by reducing the MMR and IMR according to the MDGs depends largely on every mother and child having the right to access health care from pregnancy throughout the lifecycle. The following are the recommendations:
• Organize Maternal and Child Health Weeks at grassroot level: sensitize the youth/ community on diarrheal management, pneumonia management, maternal and pediatric nutrition and the importance of hand washing.
• Introduce and facilitate adoption of ‘maternal survival tool kit’-this explores ways of influencing behaviors’ and encouraging use of health services and health professionals during child birth and postpartum period. The toolkit stresses on locally appropriate behaviour based interventions integrating what happens in homes, communities and health facilities. Topics covered are: seeking skilled care, seeking skilled care early postpartum, birth preparedness and providing skilled care to organizations and individuals
• Training of youth CHWs and CORPs on MCH to take a leading role in the community sensitization on the its importance
• Lobbying and advocacy for reconciling maternal, newborn and child health with the health system development, currently its place is within the wider context of health system development. It is no longer discussed in purely technical terms but as part of a broader agenda of universal access.
• Lastly, sensitize the youth on the role of MNCH and family planning in STI/HIV control and management since it’s currently a national pandemic as declared in October 1999 by former President of the Republic of Kenya, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi

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Darling, please re post this journal again......Go to the page where you see VOICES RISING, BY THE RIGHT HAND SIDE YOU WILL SEE MAKE A POST, CLICK ON IT AND THERE YOU GO STRAIGHT TO PASTE THE NEW JOURNAL.
All the best dear.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


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