Impressive improvement in Our health sector

It is impressive how our health sector has improved over the years, i admit that we are not perfect as a country and we are definitely not there yet. As a country we have struggled with major socio-economic and health challenges since the independent 1963. Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Kenya. However, the significant improvement is very impressive compared to where we were a s a country a few years ago.  The health sector involves or rather consists of companies that provide medical services, manufacture medical equipment or drugs, provide medical insurance, or otherwise facilitate the provision of health care to patients. We are coming from a time where most health care facilities in Kenya are below international standards with limited resources, and limited capabilities. Public hospitals are understaffed, poorly equipped and lack supplies. Private clinics with limited inpatient capability are in operation in Nairobi, Mombasa, and the beach resort areas of Diani and Malindi. These services include radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. The private AGA Khan hospital, located in Nairobi, is operating at western standard level of care.

The Government of Kenya has been trying to build a health system which can effectively provide quality health services to the population of the country. In our country Kenya, services are provided through a network of over 5,000 health facilities countrywide. The country spends 5.1% of its GDP on health support.The Kenyan health system  currently consists of three main categories of service providers. Public providers, Private not-for-profit organizations (including faith-based and mission hospitals, local and international NGOs) and Private for-profit health care providers.

Public health services in the country are organised across 8 provinces, in 6 levels of care: Community health units, Dispensaries, Health centres, District hospitals, Provincial referral hospitals, and National Tertiary hospitals. Public health care providers serve the majority of the population, and are focussed on addressing public health disease burden. The government operates 41% of health facilities, NGOs run 15%.

The Private sector operates 43% of health centres, and is becoming more prominent. Private clinics of varying complexity exist in most major urban centres, including the coastal beach resort towns. Private hospitals for inpatient care exist mainly in Nairobi, with a few options in Mombasa.

Today in Kenya, travelers who come from countries where Yellow Fever is prevalent are required to carry certificates of vaccination against Yellow Fever in order to enter the country. According to the WHO, malaria is a risk which exists throughout the whole country, all year round. Diseases like malaria is a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that about 732,000 deaths of world among children under-5 is due to malaria, among them Africa accounts 16% .

Kenya adopted a new National Malaria Strategy (NMS) in 2001, which emphasized the distribution of insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) for short in line and recommended selective indoor residual spraying (IRS) for epidemic control and prompt treatment, and prophylactic treatment. Kenya is working towards achieving the Abuja targets of 80% ITN coverage. Malaria has been eradicated from most of the countries of the world, but it remains threats to many people of Africa. About 80% of the world’s malaria cases and 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in SSA. In 2010, there were 174 million estimated cases of malaria on the African and about 600,000 deaths are recorded. In Kenya about 70% of the population is at risk from malaria, which kills an estimated 34,000 children under-5 each year.

The steps that the country is making in order to improve our health sector is definitely a big deal towards improving and providing proper and exceptional health services

Our education System

From time and memorial, since the year 1985, the public education in Kenya has been based on an 8–4–4 system, This is how the 8-4-4 system works, at first their is eight years of primary eduction, afterwords their is four years of secondary school and four years of college or university. Usually the children do all the subjects that the school has to offer. The only time that they really start to specialize in what they would want to peruse a career in, is when they are in college or university. Up to date, there has been steady growth in the advancement of education in the country. So that brings up the million dollar question. Is there a problem in our education system or is it just fine the way it is? Wouldn’t it be great if our children would get to specialize in their areas of interest or in what ever it is they would want to be come when they grow up in future when they are still young. Ideally this would actually save a lot of time wastage in terms of learning what you might never need to peruse or even utilize in future and in fact even assist in effectively spending time in the field that you would want to peruse so that they become professionals at a very young age.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with our education system, i mean our parents and the people before us have all went through it, and though not every one makes it by getting a well paying job with a six figure salary, well at least we can say that we have witnessed one or two reaping the fruits of their sweat later in life when they land well paying jobs or even applying the skills we have learn t over the years in our day to day life.

With that said, it would also really not hurt if we changed our education system, Kenya is amongst one of the countries that has one of the most toughest education system globally. We are a nation that is a third world country. We are still developing and employing one or two tricks from the developed countries education system would most definitely not hurt either. At this day and time, as a country we have achieved a lot when it comes to ensuring that every child goes to school and strict measures taken against any one who does contrary to this I insist on specialization! Parents also play a very major role in the education system in our country, if only parents would help nature their children’s talent from an early age, if your child loves art at a young age, try enrolling them in an art class, Is it sports they are actively involved in? then nature that too. The problem with African countries including Kenya is that as parents, we are all focused on ensuring our children will complete the education system by force by and by fire. We have A students who don’t even know what they are talented in. Don’t get me wrong, education is life, education is important, i couldn’t agree more. But also encourage your children to enjoy life, allow and assist them to take part in other activities especially sports that will help them discover what it is they are talented in.

If only we had many schools who enroll children of the same talent, of course still take them through the education system while focusing on their talent because at the end of the day, when the people are great in a country then every one is considered to be great as well.

Maternal Health Issuses

Though a lot is currently being done by the National government in order to improve the health sector, especially the part that has to do with maternal health, it is evident that there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. The president making delivery in public hospitals was a big step in improving maternal health care in the country as a number of poor women could still not afford proper antenatal care, delivery and post natal care. For the longest time, a number of Kenyans, particularly women in rural areas have suffered in the attempt to get proper maternal health care when bringing in a new born in to the world. The poorer this women are the the more poorer the level of maternal health care they are likely to receive.

 

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According to a study done by the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health” published by Sharma and colleagues assessed the quality of maternal health services in Kenyan facilities and the relationship between quality of care and poverty.  The research finds  a link between the two and largely attributes poor maternal health service to poverty. The reason blamed on  the sad fact that many of the health facilities that are available in Kenya function without basic infrastructure, such as electricity and clean water, and most do not have the capacity to perform cesarean section surgeries. The ones affected by this sad truth are the poor women who are completely in capable of accessing better health services at private hospitals.

Kenya’s maternal mortality rate stood at a worrying 510 per 100,000 live births as estimated by the World Bank in 2015.

The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS), however, states a much lower rate, 362 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births between 2007 and 2014, a decline from 520 per 100,000 during the period of 2008/2009.

There has even been better changes that will assist in ensuring women have safe deliveries. In an attempt to make free delivery a success county governments no longer receive cash to cover the free maternity programme as the government now channels the funds to the National Hospital Insurance Fund. According to Health PS Dr Nicholas Muraguri the changes were recommended at a consultative meeting in Nairobi on June 26. The meeting concerned the implementation of the health insurance subsidy for the poor and free maternity services.

As much as we still struggle with maternal health issues in the country we are definitly on the right truck towards becoming a country with good maternal health care for women.

BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE FINALLY HERE

The much awaited blue economy conference is finally here and more interestingly is that; it was held in our very own country Kenya. Our country Kenya and its co-hosts Canada and Japan invited the rest of the world to Nairobi for the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. The Sustainable Blue conference economy is the very first global conference ever on the sustainable blue economy. What’s even better is the fact that more than 18,000 participants from around the world were present in unity to build a great economy. There was absolutely no charge to attend the sustainable Blue Economy Conference, it was open for all to come learn and experience what the world has to offer, if only this is to be taken very seriously. All one was required to do was register.

It is expected that this conference was made possible in order to help to learn and achieve how to build a blue economy that Leverages the latest innovations, scientific advances and the best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for the future generations, the conference also assisted in learning how to Harness the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the quality of lives of all, especially people living in developing states, women, youth and indigenous people by creating job opportunities and combating poverty and hunger. The conference was also expected to bring together key players needed in order to transition to a blue economy.

What was amazing about the conference was that, it captured in detail concrete commitments and practical actions that can be taken today to help the world to transition to the blue economy. Why I think that this conference was very important is because our country Kenya and the rest of the world has rallied around enormous pressures facing our oceans and waters, ranging from plastic pollution to the effects of the change in climate. The sustainable Blue economy conference build momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 Climate change Conference in Paris and the Un Ocean Conference 2017 “Call to Action”

Over the years the county has struggled to make our lakes and oceans clean and conducive, with the blue economy in town we learn how to do proper waste management and how to achieve and maintain pollution – free oceans, managing and sustaining marine life, conservation and sustainable economic activities which will in turn result to smart hipping, ports, transportation and global connectivity. All this will benefit our country and definitely improve or alternatively increase the quality economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can single mothers raise successful children?

Single parents can definatley raise successful children. You will do good, just believe in yourself

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The question of weather single parents, in most cases single mothers  can raise successful children is a question that most single mothers ask themselves through out their parenthood, it starts out as being doubtful at your parental skills during the first years of your child’s  life and then as time goes by, the confidence sets in. According to a research conducted, out of the 11 million families with children under the age of 18, and no spouse present, the majority are single mothers (8.5 million). Single fathers comprise the remaining 2.5 million single parent families. Married couples make up 68 percent of all families with children under age 18, compared to 93 percent in 1950.

Many of these mothers are single due to a dissolved partnership, death of a partner, or other difficult circumstances . The good news is that children raised by single parents are generally just as happy as children living with…

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Can single mothers raise successful children?

The question of weather single parents, in most cases single mothers  can raise successful children is a question that most single mothers ask themselves through out their parenthood, it starts out as being doubtful at your parental skills during the first years of your child’s  life and then as time goes by, the confidence sets in. According to a research conducted, out of the 11 million families with children under the age of 18, and no spouse present, the majority are single mothers (8.5 million). Single fathers comprise the remaining 2.5 million single parent families. Married couples make up 68 percent of all families with children under age 18, compared to 93 percent in 1950.

Many of these mothers are single due to a dissolved partnership, death of a partner, or other difficult circumstances . The good news is that children raised by single parents are generally just as happy as children living with two biological parents. Children usually do very well with a single, loving adult role model.

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Trying to cope as a single mum can be evidently very stressful, so, it is very important to understand that you are not alone and also feel encouraged to lean on your support network, who come in very handy especially when you are feeling alone and stressed out. To cope, always ensure that you stay busy and very positive, focus all that energy in to raising a responsible and respected citizen. Sociologists who have studied single mothers of different races, classes, and sexual orientations have found that those mothers are rarely raising their children single-handedly. Instead, they have networks of friends and relatives and neighbors who care about them and their children, and have been part of their lives for years.

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In as much as children who are raised by both parents are more advantageous than children who are raised by single parents, in terms of stability , sometimes, children that are raised by single parents do better than children of married parents. For example, a study of hundreds of 10- to 14-year old and their parents showed that in their day-to-day lives, single parents were more friendlier to their children than  married parents were to their children. The children of single parents also spent more time with people in their extended families than did the children of married parents.

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So if you are a single mother, who is worried about the future of your child and you are a bit insecure of what you have to offer and if it will be enough, it is about time that you stop beating up your self. The majority of women who are single mothers did not choose to be single mothers. If you were given a chance to choose the kind of setting you would give your child, many of us would opt for a good family setting with both parents for our kids. So that the child would have twice of everything that both parents have to offer the children. However, it is unfortunate that some of us find ourselves in such predicaments where you are forced to single-handedly bring up your child, but that does not mean that your child becomes automatically doomed to be successful. It all really depends on how you raise them, there are a lot of people that were raised by single mothers who have turned out successful and if you believe in yourself to be a good parent and actually be there for your child in every step of their growth, your little one will definitely be successful.

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