Story angle for module 2 assignment
My front line journal is focusing on the progress,challenges and achievements that have been made in maternal health rights in Kenya.
Kenya is one of the African countries with best policies in maternal,youth and reproductive rights,however at 50yrs of age my country has faced major challenges in reducing maternal mortality.Despite reviewing the policies and guidelines to implement safe motherhood during and after delivery,there are incidences that have occurred of women which should have been prevented.Globally government are looking at the state of midwifery as a link to reduction of maternal mortality.The theme has been 'Delivering Health ,Saving Lives'.
The amendment of the Kenyan Constitution was a major turning point for the government as well as Africa to realize its gains and losses in maternal health rights.Currently the Constitution demands that women need to access the highest attainable healthcare,but this has been met with conflicts from the religious and civil society.As the arguments continue to heat up women are dying daily because of shortage of skilled midwives and many more reasons.The donor funding remains a drop in the ocean,with some claiming misappropriation.
Through my experience as a nurse/midwife,I have encountered some of the difficult situation surrounding childbirth.I intend to share and explore my experience as an advocate of maternal health and interviews of women and men in the community to bring out the big picture of maternal health rights in Kenya.The interviews are tackling the feelings,perceptions and local solutions for a global situation.