Bahati Health Project

Caritas Nairobi officially launched the maternity wing of Mary Immaculate health Centre Bahati. This was in collaboration with Caritas Italiana and the Italian Episcopal Conference. The health centre located in Nairobi’s Eastlands area aims to provide affordable midwifery and childcare health services in line with the healing mission of the Catholic Church.

The health facility was officially opened and blessed by his Lordship Bishop David Kamau. “Taking care of life was the mandate and mission of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church is committed to fulfilling this. We shall therefore continue supporting such establishments and ensure that they operate accordingly,” said His Lordship Bishop David Kamau.

Mary Immaculate Health center was begun by the sisters of Mary Immaculate as a dispensary in 1973. The aim was to provide access to basic promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative community based health services thereby reducing incidences of sickness and death. The dispensary has been offering treatment for common ailments, antenatal care and immunization for babies to the Bahati people and beyond. With time, the need for maternity services became evident, as there was only one clinic in Bahati offering maternity services. Sisters reached out to donors to help them put up a maternity wing.

Through the upgrade, the hospital has a bed capacity of 30 and a fully equipped theater for delivery through cesarean section courtesy of Manos Unidas, Spain. The facility also has ultra sound services, and it is currently in the process of getting accreditation with NHIF to allow mothers and families who are NHIF contributors to use their cards. The health facility can be reached on 0725878014.

The government and the private sector have come under fire as to whether they are doing enough to curb issues pertaining maternal health care in Kenya, which have in the recent past come on the lime light due to escalating death rate caused by preventable childbirth related complications.

A report by the Health Policy Paper 2012 indicates that Kenya’s mortality rates still remains at a worrying rate of 488 deaths per 100,000 live births; at this rate, the country is losing over 8,000 mothers annually due to pregnancy and birth related complications. This report further indicates that as of 2009, the lifetime risk of maternal death was 1 in 39 women making Kenya as one of the world’s most affected countries.

A more recent report by the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014 shows a decline in maternal mortality quoting it at 362 deaths per 100, 000 live births. Going by these figures, birth related deaths have reduced however, as it stands more interventions are needed to reduce these numbers. According to the Millennium Development Goals Status report
2013, the target for Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 147 to 100,000 live births is achievable as all maternal deaths are largely preventable through proper and timely care services.

While gracing the occasion, Dagoretti South Member of Parliament Hon’ Dennis Waweru said, “This contribution by the Catholic community comes as a boost to the government’s strides of providing professional and affordable health services”

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He for She Campaign

The Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue, has endorsed the UN Women HeforShe Campaign that seeks to build a global solidarity movement for Gender Equality. Cardinal Njue signed up for the campaign during the Annual General meeting for the Catholic Men Association for the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

The HeforShe Campaign Was born after the realization that the advocacy for Gender Equality has to be inclusive of the society as a whole, men being at the forefront championing sustainable change. This campaign therefore, seeks to engage men as supporters and agents for change in the achievement of women rights.

Speaking during the launch for HeforShe Campaign in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Cardinal Njue said’ “The Catholic Church has never turned a blind eye from issues of gender inequalities which are also experienced in the Church because sometimes men and women forget that they cannot be fully human without one another. We are all equal in the eyes of God. Today I commit to supporting the HeforShe Campaign as a strategy to strengthen the call for gender equality which will go a long way in supporting Archdiocese of Nairobi boy-child initiative.”
In the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Caritas Nairobi through its Gender and Development Programme will promote the HeforShe Campaign following a partnership with the UN Women.

Speaking during the launch UN Women Zebib Kavuma said, “This campaign targets men and boys as stakeholders and advocates for the achievement of Gender equality and elimination of all forms of discrimination that women face”.
The global HeforShe Campaign was launched in September 2014 in New York by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In Kenya, this campaign was launched in November 2014 after President Uhuru Kenyattaa signed up. Kenya was the second country in Africa to launch after Rwanda.

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caritas nairobi AYEP programme

AYEP

The Archdiocese Youth Empowerment Programme (AYEP) is a partnership between Caritas Nairobi (Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF). The programme centers on initiatives that engage and empower young people for social and economic development.

Caritas Nairobi, the Aid and Development department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, facilitates community based empowerment and poverty eradication projects. We believe that the action of the Church affects community lives in a large number of ways and that the contribution of an engaged society and especially the youth is necessary for sustainable community development.

Youth Enterprise Development Fund a state corporation under the Ministry of devolution and planning, was established to address the challenges of youth unemployment in Kenya. Since its inception, the Fund has continued to create employment opportunities for the Kenyan youth through enterprise development, market support linkages, facilitating jobs abroad as well as commercial infrastructure.

Caritas and YEDF have shared objectives, which form the foundation of this partnership, initiated to draw a larger youth membership. The AYEP partnership, a first of its kind, will set learning and networking platforms for the youth in our communities while at the same time taking advantage of the existing opportunities offered by YEDF and other County and national Government initiatives.

Project’s Objectives:

-:To expand access to finance and capital fry out entrepreneurship throughout the Archdiocese.
-:To expand collaborations between government initiatives and youth enterprise.
-:Provide business incubation services through consulted efforts with relevant stakeholders.
-: Increase business management skills through relevant training.
-: To identify talent identification and development.

Achievements since inception:

-: Over 54 groups have joined the programme
-: Individual members are 
2,000
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20 groups have been funded.
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5 groups have received second loans 
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The highest loan to be disbursed is Ksh. 400, 000.
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A total of Ksh3.7 million loans issued