Sunday, March 8, 2015

Children and Women in Kenya

The children in Machakos are wonderful and we just wanted an excuse to share these pictures with you, so here they are. Also, today is International Women's Day, so let's hear it for these girls! Gender inequality is a serious concern in Kenya and around the world, as women and girls are disproportionately affected by social, economic, psychiatric, and environmental challenges. In Kenya, women receive less education, are paid significantly less, and are forced into undesirable jobs to make up for lost income. Additionally, 40% of households are run solely by women, and due to income inequality, these women suffer from poverty or extreme poverty. Poverty confers a number of risks. Health and mental health are at the top of the risk list, in addition to exposure to violence, reduced access to clean water, food and accessible health and mental health care. As the Africa Mental Health Foundation's slogan so aptly states, 'No Health without Mental Health'.  There is a lot of great work being done to improve the lives of children and women in Kenya, and we're proud to be a part of it.  However, the focus needs to shift toward sustainable improvement. The AMHF is rocking this department with it's community intervention projects. We hope the IMPACT will create sustainable access to mental health assessment, which is sorely needed. There is a lot to celebrate, but there is also a long way to go. Until next time!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amber and Rita!

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and your pictures. You both look very happy and the kids look adorable! I hope everything continues to move along smoothly and you get ethics approval soon – I sure hope it does not take as long as it takes here to get one☺ You mentioned in your blog that you helped collect post-intervention data for the KIDS project. I was wondering what type of intervention was used and for what condition – I’m not sure if you can share this info, but if you can, it would be great to know. Stay happy!