HEALTH DEPARTMENT

ABOUT

To achieve SDG number 3, good health, and well-being, STADA Kenya envisages a world with equitable access to universal health care, and universal access to sexual reproductive health services at all levels, where physical, mental, and social well-being are assured. This is achieved through health promotion, health education, policy developments, community dialogues, and advocacy for the implementation of health policies. We are also committed to the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases such as cervical cancer through awareness campaigns.

PROGRAMS

  1. Menstrual Hygiene Management

STADA strives to build a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030.  We want to ensure girls and women menstruate with dignity without discrimination.

OBJECTIVES

  • To ensure that myths, taboos, and stigma around menstruation are addressed by providing women, girls, men, and boys access to information on menstruation. This is done by offering menstrual hygiene talks in and out of school.
  • Supplying sanitary towels to vulnerable girls both in schools and communities. We provide access to safe and hygienic menstrual products.
  1. MENTAL HEALTH

The world is experiencing a growing burden of mental health disorders, which in turn lowers work productivity hence slowing down economic progress. STADA exists to promote a world in which mental health is valued, promoted, and protected. We do this by offering counseling services and training community counselors.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide comprehensive mental health and social services in the community.
  • To prepare community counselors with the basic skills in counseling to be able to offer psychosocial services.
  1. SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

STADA works to ensure that reproductive health rights are integrated into policies and laws. We do this by examining gaps at the county level and providing recommendations on how to fix the gaps and journey towards implementation of existing policies.

We achieve this through.

  • Advocating for the provision of Family Planning commodities in health facilities where it is easily accessible to everyone.
  • Attending County public participation in budgeting to ensure allocation of Family Planning commodities in every health facility.
  • Sensitizing the community on the importance of Family Planning while debunking the myths and misconceptions surrounding it.
  • Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health by providing access to comprehensive sexuality education. We have an adolescent center where we meet teenage girls twice a week to improve their physical and emotional well-being to ensure they remain free from unintended pregnancy, STIs (including HIV/AIDS), and all forms of sexual violence and coercion.

OBJECTIVES

  • To raise awareness of the different SRHR needs for women and adolescents.
  • To contribute towards positive policy change that will ensure equal access to SRHR.
  • To contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Goals on the elimination of AIDS, maternal mortality, harmful practices, and gender-based
  • To hold governments accountable on investment in health through research and campaigns.
  • To use multi-media platforms to create awareness of SRHR among key populations, women, and adolescents.
  1. UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE/PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Primary Health Care is a vital building block to achieving UHC, as approximately 80 percent of medical services can be provided at the PHC level. We advocate for quality health for all by,

  • Empowering families to stand for their own health needs, they speak of the barriers to accessing health services, and we use their views to push and influence an equilibrium between the supply and demand of health services.
  • Holding leaders accountable for adequately funding health systems especially primary health care.
  • Encourage leaders to innovate around PHC and UHC.
  • Push for implementation of existing policies, identify gaps in such policies and work together with the county government to develop new policies.

OBJECTIVES

  • To enforce accountability of policies by initiating discussion with relevant stakeholders.
  • To ensure minimal out-of-pocket spending for patients.
  • To prioritize PHC within the health system and optimize resource use within PHC services.
  • To support community involvement in budgeting and planning.
  1. CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. STADA carries out awareness campaigns to increase the knowledge of cervical cancer and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the importance of early detection. We encourage girls and women to go for screenings as early as 21 years of age.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To increase screening participation with a particular focus on those women not screened at all during the recommended two-yearly interval.
  • To raise awareness of the challenges faced by women and girls who are affected by cervical cancer.
  • To promote research into its cause prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.
  1. NUTRITION

Kenya is experiencing triple burden of nutrition, undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight and obesity. To address malnutrition, we support in ensuring that nutrition is more visible in the county budgets for enhanced implementation of nutrition plans and advocate for good nutrition practices at all levels including community level.

OBJECTIVES

  • To review nutrition policy environment, plans and program reports to identify gaps and needs.
  • To strengthen enabling environment and coordination of nutrition interventions at the county and sub-county level.
  • To create opportunity for community to exchange views and develop solutions to issues of interest to the community.
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