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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Baby blues

When a child is born into the world, he or she is usually welcomed with so much warmth and happiness especially in the case where the pregnancy was not unwanted. It is usually accompanied with congratulation cards and even a celebration party all this, just to welcome the little bundle of joy. When that part is over and done with, how many people actually continuously check up on the mother just to see how she is doing? Most people will visit the new mother and ask how the baby is fairing, if she is eating well, if she is healthy, which is very good by the way, new mothers might not tell you this, but the unspoken questions and thoughts that linger in their minds are like, “what about me? I mean, i am  happy i have a child but i wish you would also ask me how i i’m doing from time to time, i know its been a week or so since i had the baby so yeah i have obviously healed. I don’t sleep much these days though, wait did i just say i don’t sleep much? no, what i meant to say is that i don’t sleep at all.” Mothers would really appreciate it, if you visited her and actually offered to watch the new born as she takes a really nice nap. Instead, you show up when the baby is a sleep and instead of getting her quick rest when the little monster is sleeping, she has to stay awake and entertain you.

In the first days and weeks after childbirth, a new mother goes through a variety of emotions. She may feel many wonderful feelings including awe, joy and bliss. She may also experience difficult feelings, including sadness. Sad feelings and crying bouts that follow childbirth are known as the “baby blues.” The baby blues are common and tend to decrease within a week or two. This type of sadness is often attributed to the dramatic hormonal changes that follow childbirth. If a person continues to experience moods swings or feelings of depression for more than two weeks after childbirth, the problem may be more serious. Sometime it usually develops into postpartum depression  which is usually characterized by mood swings, they are normal reactions that many mothers experience following childbirth. It is very unfortunate how most of us know very little or nothing at all about post natal depression.

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In 2016 here in Kenya a 26 year old woman killed her one month old twins. Police say the 26 year-old woman committed the heinous act by using a kitchen knife to slit the throats of her newborn boys. In their statement they said the woman was suffering from post natal depression. Her neighbors and close family said that the woman did not show any signs of depression so to them it came as a shock. According to a research done at the Kenyatta National Hospital, a total of 183 postnatal mothers were recruited into the research but 180 of them were analyzed,  the study found a prevalence of postpartum depression six weeks after delivery at KNH at 10.6%.

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So how is it that we can help new mothers cope with postpartum depression, as we all now know, adjustment to motherhood can be very stressful as you learn to navigate your new role, balancing care for yourself and an infant (and possibly other children and family members). This can be demanding, exhausting and overwhelming. If you are a new mom with feelings of anxiety or depression, you may even feel guilty or ashamed. It is important to know that postpartum depression is not your fault. Postpartum depression is a medical condition that can be treated. By sharing your feelings with a professional, you will be on your way to making positive changes that will have a big impact on your daily well-being.

Lifestyle changes can also help to reduce some symptoms of postpartum depression. The following strategies may help you manage the increased stress that accompanies new parenthood:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Finding time to exercise
  • Surrounding yourself with a supportive network of family and friends
  • Eating regular, nourishing meals
  • Asking others to watch your child so that you can have a much-needed break.

It is very important that we be very supportive of women who just gave birth. Being their support system really helps a lot in letting them know that you understand them. Sometimes all they need is to feel that someone cares and that someone understands their struggles and thus they are not alone.

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Alpha Woman

Whoever said being a mother was tough definatley knew exactly what she was talking about, now try walking in the shoes of a single mother who is still in her early twenties, trying to juggle her education, her job and ofcourse her little terrorist who is the love of her life. The reason as to why i call him a little terrorist is because, as cute and adorable as he is, he can effortlessly lieterally turn a well kempt house into a trashed house in a mater of seconds.

One of the things girls are not taught about getting pregnant early is that you will do most of the work, wait, did i just say most? no, what i meant was, you will do all of the work. Its funny how we think our mums will be there twenty four seven to help change dipers and all. If these are your thoughts, then you are going to be in for a very rude shock, your mother had her time and it passed. Not that she is even obliged to be there or anything, but just be prepared to give up on sleep becuse you will not know any sleep as long as your little munchkin is around.

Before i scare you off on the hardships of being a mother, i would also like to acknowledge the fact that motherhood changed  me as a person, its like im a whole new person and ofcourse for the better. I got pregnant in my first year campus, like i had just joined campus and then booom! there it was. By the time it started to show, i was already in second year and belive me when i say that, that was the year i really passed in all my exams. Funny right? Its interesting how getting pregnant all of a sudden changes your focus in life, and there is pressure and need to always be at a stable place in life, be it emotional, fiancial, physical and etc.

This is a good thing because in as much as it forces you to grow up, it helps improve the quality of your life by making you to strive and to be the best version of yourself for both you and your baby. I im living proof that it all gets easier with time.

Please feel free to leave a comment, you can also ask me anything with regards to being a young mother, or some of the things in my experience of being a young mother you would like me to address. I got you!