CHAT FPCORP Namusungu taking Namaiyan's BP
Namaiyan*, who hails from Arjijo , in the Mukogodo area in the Laikipia North sub county was 14 years old when she became pregnant. After birth, she confided to one of her trusted neighbours that at her age and being single, she did not want to have any more children because she is unable to feed the child she has – let alone trying to support any other children.
Namaiyan’s neighbour informed her that during the chief baraza, the area chief confirmed that a team of health providers accompanying a motor mobile clinic, had requested him to assist with the mobilization – and that they would be in the area within the month. Among the services that they will provide would be free family planning services – but tht here would be s small ‘token’ cost for the basic curatives. Her neighbour promised to alert Namaiyan once the mobile team arrive.
On arrival of “CHAT’s” motor mobile health team in the area, the neighbour took Namaiyan to the camp site where the mobile clinic was set up. They were welcomed by the Family Planning Community Own Resource Person (CORPs) called Namusungu, and after several hours of counselling on a range of choices of family planning methods, Namaiyan decided upon the five (5) years Implant as her FP method of choice. “I chose the (jadelle) Implant because it lasts for five (5) years. You cannot forget to take it like you can with the pills - this is a five (5) years guarantee,” says Namaiyan.
Namusungu shared a quote that an educated friend of hers found, and thought how appropriate it was to her situation.
“The quote by John O’Donohue: Anam Cara in the book of Celtic Wisdom goes something like this, “There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering, therefore let’s all double up! Use condoms and a highly effective birth control method to take charge of our reproductive health,” Namusungu lamented.
Via CHAT supported mobilizers like Namusungu, women like Namaiyan are transforming their lives through FP – being able to access contraceptives, she now has the choice to plan for the future.
”Expanding eligibility of FP services to low-income women will maximize cost-savings both for the community and government, thereby reducing the disparities in access to family planning services for low-income women and hence, decrease the incidence of abortion and infanticide in our communities,” FPCORP Namusungu confirms.
Namaiyan was lucky to receive professional FP advice. In many underserved communities, widespread myths about contraception mean that many women like Namaiyan don’t have the facts that they need to make informed choices, as we cannot confront the massive challenges of poverty, hunger, disease and environmental destruction unless we address issues of population and reproductive health; bearing in mind that, “each person we add now disproportionately impacts on the environmental and life- support systems of the planet,”- George W. Bush.
CHAT’s core intervention and focus is Population Health and Environment thereby providing free FP services to the marginalized communities in Kenya - as birth control in these times must lead ultimately to a balanced healthy environment. This quarter September – November 2016, thanks to your donations (cost shared’) CHAT reached 11,775 individuals with family planning/ ecological awareness information, of which a total of 1,137 patients were treated for different conditions & 6,474 women with different FP contraception methods of their choice in 10 counties in Kenya.
Namaiyan receiving FP services from CHAT nurse
Beneficiaries cuing for health services- CHAT team