Women’s Health and How Needs Are Being Met

Kenya 2012

By Julia Manning

June 30, 2012

Also published at 2020health

Julia Manning travelled to Kenya in June with the International Reporting Project from Johns Hopkins funded by the Gates Foundation. The aim was to look at aspects of women's health and how needs are being met. The abject poverty of the millions living in rural and city slums was shocking with few public health amenities of clean water or sewerage systems. Lives are saved and transformed by the charities, NGOs and churches working on the ground as the government struggles to cope with the burden of HIV, TB and Malaria. Contraception (especially by injection) is increasingly popular but the domestic violence that is associated with many unwanted pregnancies is still a major cultural issue. There is no doubt that foreign aid saves lives and is a vital intervention required alongside more longer term assitance through microfinance and trade.

Mama Sarah Obama, step-granny to POTUS and foster-mother to about 40 orphans.


The Cisco-sponsored Community Knowledge Centre, soon to be part of a Telehealth pilot in Kibera.


Washing day Kibera style - the water tap is turned on twice a week.


The wonderful Vision Sisters who, with 60 others, have set up the Women in Crisis Centre in Kibera.


Tuberculosis survivor Carol works as a health visitor and supported Lovelance and her baby Hope through Hope's treatment for TB.


Siaya District Hospital in Kisumu with a strong focus on prevention of mother to child HIV transmission.