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Report on Youth Voices twitter chat

Technical Reports and Document

The world is currently grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely stretched the health care systems of most countries and significantly compromised the social and economic order at micro and macro levels. One of the greatest con- stituency at risk of infection is the young people. Concerns continue to be raised on the low risk perception among young people as evidenced by incidences of breach or circumvention of preven- tive measures such as physical distancing and staying at home where possible. Similarly, the disruption of education with the closure of schools also comes with possible Sexual and Reproduc- tive Health and Rights (SRHR)

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Report on Twitter Chat on International Day of the Midwife

Technical Reports and Document

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” As the world grapples with the grave challenge being posed by the coronavirus that is sweeping the world, women continue to get preg- nant, and babies are still being born. Midwives as the primary caregivers are working tirelessly in communities, health centers, hospital wards and in women’s homes under difficult circumstances, often risking their own lives and well-being.

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Report on Twitter Chat on Zero preventable Maternal Deaths

Technical Reports and Document

The WHO declared the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID19) a pandemic spreading to over 200 countries and territories in the world. In Kenya, the first case was reported on 13 th March 2020 and like many countries across the globe, the gov- ernment put in measures and interventions to curtail the spread of the virus and mitigating the socio-economic effects of COVID19 response. Some of the measures such as the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew has negatively impacted access to essential health services particularly emergency obstetric and newborn care.

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West Pokot Flood victims relief supplies

Safety and Dignity for Flood Survivors in West Pokot County, Kenya

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UNFPA Kenya today joined the West Pokot Governor, Kenya Red Cross Society
(KCRS) and other partners during the handover of houses, dignity kits, mattresses and
other household items to flood survivors in West Pokot County.
The floods have displaced over 100,000 persons and claimed 116 lives, according to
reports from the Disaster Operations Centre. Many of the displaced households are
living in camps.

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PRESS RELEASE: New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

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More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months.

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KENYA GUIDELINES ON RMNH DURING COVID19

KENYA GUIDELINES ON RMNH DURING COVID19

Technical Reports and Document

This Practical Guide for Continuity of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Family Planning Care and Services in the Background of COVID19 Pandemic in Kenya was developed in response to the new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID -19 is a serious highly contagious respiratory viral infection caused by a novel coronavirus recently named SARS-COV2. The outbreak started in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in mainland China and has since spread globally, infecting more than 1,925,000 people resulting in over 119,600 deaths, and occurring in 210 countries. This pandemic continues to pose grave danger to all populations, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa where overburdened health systems continue to struggle with scarcity of human and financial resources.

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Boda for Zero Newsletter

Newsletter

On the 6th of February 2019 UNFPA KCO and the Boda Boda Association of Kenya (BAK) formed a partnership to create potential synergy in the delivery of Sexual Reproductive Health rights. The Boda Boda sector plays host to millions of young people in the country, having secured gainful employment for the otherwise unemployed youth and helped address one of the critical pillars of the demographic dividends. As appertains the fight against FGM, the sector not only provides the greatest direct reach to young people but equally opens up opportunities to reach out to millions of other young people as well as adults with messaging on FGM. They have more often than not christened themselves as being “moving bill boards” in view of their ability to pass messages through the reflector jackets that they don. It also provides avenues to address other closely related issues such as teenage pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, child marriages, safe motherhood, and family planning. Similarly, it provides an opportunity to strengthen surveillance on new incidences of FGM by providing relevant intelligence which is critical for response

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Youth Caravan to End FGM #KataaKatishaZuia FGM

Asili Newsletter Volume 2

Newsletter

After weeks of planning the D-day, 3rd of February 2020, was finally here. Filled with anticipation and excitement, Youth representatives from the 22 hotspot counties with high prevalence to Female Genital Mutilation, brought together by the UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel and the Youth Anti-FGM Network, 

trickled into the Anti-FGM Board offices to kick off the 2020 Youth end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The Youth end FGM Caravan campaign was a six day mission set to traverse 4 counties namely, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru and Embu in a bid to involve the youth in accelerating the vision of H.E Uhuru Kenyatta to end Female Genital Mutila- tion by 2022. In line with the 2020 theme for the International Day of Zero Toler- ance for Female Genital Mutilation, ‘Unleashing Youth Power’: One decade of Accelerating Actions for Zero Female Genital Mutilation by 2030. The Govern- ment of Kenya supported by UNFPA took key interest in the execution of this Caravan to ensure the voices of the Youth in the campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation was heard loud and clear throughout the country.

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H.E Uhuru Kenyatta  President of the Republic of Kenya

Asili Newsletter Vol 1

Newsletter

On the 4th of June, 2019, His Excellency (H.E) President Uhuru Kenyatta made a firm commitment to put an end to female genital muti- lation (FGM) by the year 2022. The enactment of the Prohibition of FGM Act, 2011 was a key milestone in the campaign to end FGM in the coun- try. Despite the legislative and policy measures put in place to prohibit the practice, it still persists in certain communities.

The President reaffirmed his commitment to end FGM by 2022 on the 8th of November, 2019 at the High Level Elders Forum, at State House. The event convened cultural and religious leaders from communities with high rates of FGM. It was a milestone in the fight against FGM, as the leaders signed commitments to support the President's vision. During the occasion, the President directed the relevant government agencies to ensure that the law is enforced and that action be taken against all perpetrators.

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ACCELERATE THE ELIMINATION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN AFRICA BY 2030

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LET US LISTEN, SUPPORT AND INVEST IN OUR YOUTH TO ACCELERATE THE ELIMINATION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN AFRICA BY 2030

H.E UHURU KENYATTA, CGH, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA

DR. NATALIA KANEM, UN UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA)

Female Genital Mutilation is one of the most horrific human rights violations imaginable that negatively affects the health, education and overall development of women and girls.  With 200 million women and girls affected, ending this harmful practice is an urgent moral imperative that we cannot afford to ignore.

Although we have made tangible progress in the 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where countries agreed to end the practice everywhere, we are currently facing headwinds. In the places where it is most prevalent, Female Genital Mutilation is declining but not at the speed and scale that is required to meet global commitments. However, these same countries are experiencing high rates of population growth – meaning that if the practice persists at current levels, the number of girls affected as a whole would continue to grow, while they continue to grapple, within some ethnic groups with persistent social norms and cross border propagation of the practice. 

Indeed, the United Nations projects that the population of young people in the world's least-developed countries – among the places where Female Genital Mutilation is most commonly practiced – will jump to 62 per cent by 2050. These trends are leaving more girls vulnerable than ever before. In 2019 alone, more than 4 million girls were victims of female genital mutilation, and if urgent action is not taken, up to 68 million could be subjected to the practice by 2030.

So how can we accelerate much-needed progress by the end of the decade? How can we truly turn this into a decade of action where we accelerate sustainable solutions? The answer is simple and straightforward: we must listen to, support and invest in young people.

Africa must leverage the power of youth in high-risk countries, where support for Female Genital Mutilation among people aged 15 to 19 is much lower than among those aged 45 to 49. Increasingly, young girls are growing up with a much higher chance of remaining intact compared to their mothers and grandmothers. This new generation can champion a global movement, transforming traditional norms and inspiring their peers to stand up to their elders by saying no to this form of gender-based violence.

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