Safe Motherhood Programme

maternità sicura World Friends’ Safe Motherhood Programme is implemented in 35 between formal and informal schools in the slums of Babadogo, Korogocho, Huruma, Mathare, Kariobangi, Kahawa/Soweto. All villages are located within the catchment area of Neema hospital, in Nairobi North-East (Kenya).
Background: Safe Motherhood is an internationally wide initiative developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with several partners, including the United Nations (United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA), and number of various NGOs, to promote reproductive health and safe motherhood practices among women.
Main objective: to enable all adolescents to make informed choices on reproductive health issues, particularly about pregnancy, by creating awareness and providing access to information, education, support, services and necessary treatments in the field of reproductive health.
The specific objectives are:
•    To reduce unwanted pregnancy rates (resulting in desertion from school)
•    To reduce abortion rates and complications resulting from abortions
•    To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates
•    To reduce the rate of infection/sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS)
This programme is managed within World Friends by two nurses from the Neema Hospital, Esther and Lucy , specialized as community nurses and obstetricians.
It mainly targets primary school girls (sixth, seventh and eighth forms, i.e. 10-14 years).
Topics on the agenda:
•    introduction to Safe Maternity
•    anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system
•    changes taking place in adolescence
•    sex, sexuality, sexual activity, especially during adolescence
•    pregnancy (healthy, safe, underage and/or undesired)
•    abortions (illegal abortions, complications)
•    infections/sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS)
All these topics are dealt with through a particular focus on prevention.
Furthermore, de-worming activities for children are carried out regularly in schools as a component of this programme.

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