Reproductive Health

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 12:46

Government policy on TBAs runs into trouble

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The decision by the government to ban traditional birth attendants from delivering women may not succeed if the current feelings on the ground are anything to go by.

While the government has directed retired midwives to be the ones to deliver women, some of the women in rural areas remain suspicious of these trained personnel.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 12:22

Young people cry foul over contraceptives rights

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More than 50 per cent of young people in Kenya are not happy with the failure by politicians and other groups to address their contraceptive needs such as condoms and morning after pills, which they want provided as part of free reproductive health services, a new study has established. 

Majority of those interviewed also felt the issue of abortion was not being tackled the way it should be. Ironically, more young men than women were unhappy with the way abortion issue has been addressed so far.

Just under two years since the first test-tube babies were born, a Kenyan doctor has for the first time hit the 30 per cent success rate being recorded in developed countries.

In the recent two cycles of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment, the Nairobi IVF Centre has managed to record a 30.2 percent success rate, which is measured by the number of women who get pregnant in any given treatment cycle. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 18:35

PCOS: What you need to Know

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Known to deny women a chance to enjoy motherhood, polycystic ovaries is one of the major causes of infertility among women.

A woman with the condition usually has many cysts that develop from ovarian follicles, but which fail to rupture and release eggs, a prerequisite for fertilization. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 18:23

New technology to cut cost for infertile women

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A new technology that could see couples with infertility problems pay up to 30 per cent less of what is currently charged for In Vitro Fertilization treatment has proved to work and may be introduced in Kenya soon.

The technology, which is said to be less stressful to a woman compared to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), came to the limelight two weeks ago.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 18:09

The leak that turns you into an outcast

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At the prime age of 17-years, Fatima Abdallah had been married for two years and was happily expecting her first baby when the worst happened during delivery time.

She had suffered an obstructed labour that lasted four hours. Her family rushed her to hospital where caesarean section was done. But it was too late as it turned out to be a double tragedy: the baby was born dead, while she developed the Vesical Vaginal Fistula (VVF) complication. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 17:37

Vaginal Fistula: what every woman dreads

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Known to turn women into social outcasts, vaginal fistula is emerging as one of the conditions that brings out the harsh reality of lack of access to safe motherhood services or programmes in many parts of the country.

A significant proportion of those affected are poor women living in areas where lack of access to skilled birth attendants, maternity facilities, and detrimental cultural practices are rife.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 17:14

Living in hell for 20-years with vaginal fistula

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The grey haired Mary Mugure smiles blissfully at us as two nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) prepare her for theatre, where a condition that has seen her live in misery for the past 20 years will be rectified.

“I hope this time around it works. I have been waiting for a moment when I will go through surgery in this hospital,” says 61-year-old Mary Mugure as she slips into one of the theatre clothes. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:42

Young people cry foul over contraceptives rights

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More than 50 per cent of young people in Kenya are not happy with the failure by politicians and other groups to address their contraceptive needs such as condoms and morning after pills, which they want provided as part of free reproductive health services, a new study has established.

Majority of those interviewed also felt the issue of abortion was not being tackled the way it should be. Ironically, more young men than women were unhappy with the way abortion issue has been addressed so far.

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