Simon Sedaula Mwangi joined ICRH Kenya on March 1st 2022 as a Senior Program Officer for the Stawisha Pwani Project

Mozambique remains the country with the highest HIV seroprevalence rate in Southern Africa. According to Spectrum data in 2019 an estimated 2.2 million people are infected with HIV. By December 2020, at least 70% of people living with HIV knew their serostatus, 60% were on antiretroviral treatment and only 45% had achieved viral suppression. These data clearly show the challenge in meeting the 90 90 90 targets.

Last month the ‘Access Without Barriers’ project trained 40 health providers in sexual and reproductive health and interpersonal communication with young people in the districts of Changara and Tsangano, in Tete Province (Mozambique).

The SAAF (safe abortion action fund) project ends in March 2022. During the past two years the cases of clandestine abortions were reduced by 15%, compared to the baseline, which was situated at 65% of cases and complications. According to the Provincial Health Department of Tete, maternal mortality has also been reduced by 15% thanks to the provision of medical abortion services.

ICRH Mozambique and the Maputo Provincial Health Directorate have launched the Project ‘Male Engagement during Pregnancy and Childbirth’ in the Marracuene District in Maputo. The study aims to test a gender-sensitive package to improve male engagement in maternal care. We also want to examine barriers and enablers for male involvement in maternal care, including antenatal care and during childbirth.

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ICRH Kenya is working with Hera to conduct Third-Party Monitoring in 16 counties in Kenya where the ‘In Their Hands’ program is implemented. The Third-Party Monitoring activity involves conducting baseline and end-line household surveys to determine the change in modern contraceptive prevalence rate.

ICRH Kenya is still implementing Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), a platform that has been providing data for regular tracking of progress and for understanding the drivers of contraceptive use dynamics.

The Linda Mtoto Project seeks to identify children exposed to commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and link them to the necessary support, strengthen community systems to prevent, respond to and improve household income to prevent CSEC in Mombasa County.

The Amplify Change project exists to build stronger and more inclusive movements for sexual & reproductive health & rights in Kenya by effectively supporting those who are best placed to lead change and amplifying their voices.