Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services

by Communities Health Africa Trust
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Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Reduce Suffering in Kenya Via Health Care Services
Aug 18, 2017

TURNING POINT

Gatwiri receiving services via door to door nurse
Gatwiri receiving services via door to door nurse

At the foot of Mt Kenya, Gatwiri,* is a 14 year old girl living in a Nanyuki town slum called Likii, since 2012

“I came to work for my aunt as a maid, earning a meager salary of Kes 1000/- a month (USD $ 10). It was rigorous and back-breaking work.

When my aunt approached me to accompany her to Nanyuki, I naively imagined that life would be rosy; but was soon puzzled as to why my ‘dear auntie’ began treating me the way she did after I complained to her about the enormous workload. My aunt, annoyed, then beat me unconscious, locking me in a room for two days without food/water.

I managed to run away to a friend who ‘worked’ in Nanyuki’s 'red light’ street.

Another chapter opened - I am now a prostitute!” Gatwiri smiled to an astonished CHAT nurse.

Gatwiri’s friend introduced her to a new life of “money without sweat”’ as she put it - a life where she makes money effortlessly, sometimes as much, or even more than what she was earning per month - in just one night!

“What with the big spending foreign soldiers and our own army soldiers, who number in thousands - and not forgetting that Nanyuki is a popular tourist destination - all good for ‘businesses! And provides me with a much needed refuge away from that cruel harridan of an aunt!”

“I have perfected the art of prostitution. Sex work’ is my permanent source of income - affording my own rent in the neighboring Majengo slum.

I was a timid innocent girl, but currently I am now a hardened night lady who not only will sell sex, but also indulge in drug abuse - and I have also terminated several pregnancies,” Gatwiri comments.

“This way of life brings with it challenges such as being used without payment for my services by ‘macho men’ - being raped and dumped, often mostly late at night; being assaulted, or arrested for loitering by security personnel whose main motive is often to extort money from me, or give them free sex – sometimes in gangs!  Nonetheless, there seems to be no turning back as much as I want to. I don’t have another way of making money – and anyway, I feel like society would not accept me back to allow me to lead a normal life,” she says.

“I can attest that Gatwiri detests being what she is today. She never dreamed she would end up like this – selling sex;  but she does manage to feed, clothe herself and pay for her one shack ” CHAT's mobiliser, Rosie, confirms.

“I learnt about CHAT services from a friend” says Gatwiri, “Out of curiosity, I visited Rosie, when she counseled me about the different FP options I realized a sense of freedom!

Rosie discussed risk factors associated with my lifestyle – STIs and HIV/AIDS. I thank God that I had not contracted HIV /AIDS (as far as I know) which my peers and I in this business regard so casually - that AIDS is “just another accident” but is actually serious concern causing fear and dread,” Gatwiri laments.

And hey, this might surprise you but I am getting married and will invite CHAT team for my wedding - I feel I am  here today because  they opened my eyes so much -I really appreciate the knowledge and sensitivity they shared with me,” Gatwiri smiles as she leaves the clinic.

CHAT reached 15,938 individuals with fp/ecological awareness information, of which a total of 1,609 patients were treated for different conditions; 7,448 women chose different FP contraception methods in 10 counties where CHAT operates in the last three(3) months.

Did you know Kenya has the highest unskilled abortion rate (46%) worldwide.

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Location: NANYUKI, LAIKIPIA REGION - Kenya
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SHARON WREFORD-SMITH
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