“I was in my final year in high school when I discovered that I was pregnant. Anxiety creped in. I was so afraid and ashamed to disclose this to anyone.” Explains Wilofrica Chepkirui a Binti Shujaa (Girl’s Heroine) from Njoro Subcounty in Nakuru.
When we visited Chemolingot Sub-county hospital, Cheprai could not hide her smile as she held her baby rocking it lovingly in her arms. Chepurai a mother of three is a resident a polarized region of Baringo County, which is characterized poor infrastructure, insufficient medical facilities and sporadic attacks from bandits.
Family planning is one of the pillars of safe motherhood globally. Use of contraceptives greatly reduce pregnancy and its related risks such us unsafe abortion and unplanned pregnancies among women and girls of reproductive age.
At only 14 years Belinda had started dating her boyfriend who at the time was a boda boda rider. “He approached me and told me he loved me and he could do anything for and I believed him. I was so naïve then.” In no time both were actively engaging in unsafe sex. What never downed on her was that she could get pregnant until she missed her periods.
Gold Star Network (GSN) started building our capacity for us through education. We have had a lot of CMEs which has helped a lot in updating our knowledge in management of HIV and other diseases.
A cluster of 23 private doctors on Mombasa Island who have enrolled over 150 HIV patients on HIV care treatment can now access commodities supplied by KEMSA for their eligible cases through an anchor facility managed by Dr. Francis Waudo.
Egerton University Hospital is a busy campus facility providing services to a large student and neighboring community population. Before GSN’s support, the facility only offered voluntary HIV counselling and testing at one point at start of engagement.
Through Gold Star Network, Gold Star Kenya has demonstrated that the private sector can provide comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment to complement the public sector.