Health & family planning services for 15,000 Maasai people
The stunning Amboseli National Park is home to some of Kenya’s world-renowned wildlife as well as communities from the Maasai, a traditionally nomadic tribe. The Maasai are a polygamous society where large families are celebrated and education levels are low, particularly for women. The men in this community are untrusting of contraception and it is very difficult and can be dangerous for a woman to access without spousal permission leaving women with no choice but to accept the repetitive burden of bearing children from a very young age. A cycle which is detrimental to their health and happiness.
A recent survey found that almost half of 200 women in the project area didn’t want any more children. CHASE Africa believe in giving women a choice and have been working in this area to bring in vital health services and educate opinion leaders on family planning options. Our December grant will reach over 15,000 people through a programme which includes access to HIV testing, cancer screening and contraception as well as ‘dialogue days' and their work with men and boys to dispel myths and misconceptions.
CHASE Africa works to enable women and men in fragile rural environments to access basic healthcare, and to empower them to choose the timing, number and spacing of their children.
Modern family planning is arguably one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century. It enables couples to choose the timing, number and spacing of children, and can prevent pregnancy and birth complications that are a leading cause of death for women in developing countries. However, over 1 in 5 women in Africa are unable to choose the number and timings of births. We seek to enable women to realise their rights, averting unintended pregnancies.
We work through carefully selected local partners and in collaboration with the National Ministry of Health to design, develop and deliver our programmes, which integrate basic community health (including family planning) and natural resource management.
CHASE Africa have agreed to ring fence 100% of our grant towards their in-country work.