Research and Policy

1. Reproductive Health – Output Based Approach Project (RH-OBA)
This is a pilot voucher scheme that aims to improve access by the poor to reproductive health services. The Governments of Kenya and Germany have provided Euros 6.589 million to fund phase I of the project over a period of 3 years up to October 2008. Sites covered by during this phase of the project are; Kisumu, Kiambu, and Kitui districts as well as Korogocho and Viwandani slums in Nairobi. Poor clients who are eligible to benefit from the voucher are entitled to the following services from health facilities accredited to the project;
a)      Safe Motherhood (SMH): Four ANC visits, Birth by either normal delivery of Caesarean Section, and a post natal visit within 6 weeks after delivery
b)      Family Planning (FP): Implants insertion, IUCD insertion, Vasectomy, and Tubal Ligation
c)      Gender Based Violence Recovery Services (GBVR): Clinical examination, Treatment, and Counseling
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2. Kenya National Survey for Persons With Disabilities (KNSPWD)
The Government of Kenya in collaboration with various partners undertook the first ever survey for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in 2007. The main objective of this survey was to obtain and provide up to date information on Persons with Disabilities by gender to various stakeholders that will be useful in planning, monitoring and evaluation of the various activities, programs and projects geared towards improving their well being.
The specific objectives of the Kenya National Survey for Persons with Disabilities were to:
a)      Estimate the number of PWDs and their distribution in the country.
b)      Examine the demographic, socio-economic, socio-cultural and geographic characteristics of PWDs.
c)      Determine the nature, types and causes of the disabilities in the country.
d)      Identify specific problems faced by PWDs.
e)      Identify coping mechanisms and needs of PWDs.
f)        Establish the nature of services and rehabilitation programmes available for PWDs by type.
A number of institutions participated in the survey. These institutions include, National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCAPD), Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services (MGSCSS), National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Education (MOE), United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), Kenya Programmes of Disabled Persons (KPDP), Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), International Development Project (IDP), Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank (WB).
The main report on the findings of the survey is has been written and the launch of the report will be done before the end of the year.
3. Pilot Community Sentinel Surveillance System
NCAPD and Unicef are in the process of preparing a Pilot Community Surveillance System in various informal settlements. The objective of setting up this system is to seek an appropriate mechanism for collecting data that can be used to monitor the situation of children living in informal settlements. This data can then be used to stimulate action by household, communities, and other development agents based on available evidence. Further, the setting up of this system is expected to contribute to the development of a sustainable collection of data needed for trend monitoring, design, and implementation of an emergency response in communities where data from conventional sources is unavailable.
4. Policy on Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants
Traditional Medicine is widely used in Kenya with majority of the population (70 %) depending on it for primary health care. The Government attaches great importance to proper use of herbal medicine and has responded to its growing popularity by developing a national policy framework that will provide a sound basis for both promoting and regulating its use.
The Draft Policy on Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants has been developed after intensive public consultation, awareness creation and discussions in all the provinces to address the needs of the sector. The draft policy is aimed at achieving conservation of medicinal plants, equitable sharing of benefits, enhancing production and domestication while ensuring safety and efficacy of the products. It will also give guidance to practitioners, consumers and regulators. The Draft Policy has now been translated into a Sessional Paper that will be forwarded to Government for approval.