Author: Catherine Nyambura


A Coordinated Approach towards SDG Implementation in Kenya

Along the journey towards formulating the 2030 Agenda and even post adoption of the ambitious sustainable development blueprint, we laud our global efforts of being consultative and inclusive. The phrase, ’Leave No One behind’ was coined by impassioned stakeholders who were adamant to learn from the process that bore the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) which was criticized for its top-bottom approach. It was criticized because it did not take the voices of all people nor did it reflect adequately the needs of the world. However, this development framework was not comprehensive enough to fully address the world’s challenges.  Making Bold Steps Together, Initiating the Journey with a Solidarity Pledge Before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and especially during its formulation, the Kenyan Civil Society organized to form the Civil Society Reference Group on the post 2015 agenda. This organization served to provide an avenue for advocacy with the Kenyan national government, making contact with the Kenyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations and mobilized fellow civil  society to support a common position …

Director of Public Health in Nakur County Speaks at a Consultative Forum on unsafe abortions hosted by Dandelion Kenya

Unsafe abortions: The silent epidemic

Enabling access to maternal health services for women and girls including access to safe abortion brings to light sensitive issues in cultures around the world and presents a diverse discussion on women’s health. The World Health Organization describes unsafe abortion as a silent epidemic  that requires an urgent public health and human rights imperative. The silent epidemic threatens the life of women and girls across the world and in Kenya as well. Despite its frequently morbid effects and high contribution to maternal mortality, unsafe abortion remains one of the most neglected global public health challenges. As a public health and women’s health rights issue, unsafe abortion is advanced by misconceptions about the procedure and misinformation about its legality, amongst other socio-cultural factors that in many countries hinder women’s and girls’ access to safe and legal abortion services. According to the African Population Health and Research Centre, at least 2,600 women die from unsafe abortion in Kenya every year; 16 % of abortions in Kenya involve women below 20 years of age, while women between the ages …