This department hosts activities that focus on capacity enhancement, attitude/behavior change, advocacy and education and awareness creation.
Activities under this department include environmental education and awareness, community outreaches on Adolescent sexual reproductive health, Youth friendly services on HIV/AIDS prevention, Mobile counseling and testing, Civic education and citizen participation, Governance and human rights sensitization and engagement
Promoting Economic, Social and Cultural rights in Bahari and Ganze Consituency in Kilifi County
This is a 3 year project is implemented with financial support from UNDP-Amkeni Wakenya.
The 1st year of the project focused on enhancing the capacity of young people in Kikambala Division – Kilifi County to meaningfully participate in local governance and adequately address their issues.
Specifically, the project sought to: strengthen and support Kikambala divisional youth councils to access information regarding democratic governance, supporting citizen’s rights, duties and leadership; to build capacity of young leaders with a focus on women on civic education, decision making and good governance; to create willingness among the local government and leadership to involve the youth in decision making and impart knowledge to the youths on their citizenship rights so as to effectively participate in public decision making processes in Kikambala.
After the passing and promulgation of the new constitution of Kenya, major gains were provided for in the bill of rights. Review of the project saw it realigned to focuses on the bill of rights specifically Economic, Social and Cultural rights using the Human rights based approach.
The specific outcomes envisaged included: To increase awareness of all Human Rights with specific interest on Economic, Social and Cultural rights in targeting youth, in school and out of school, women, men, people with disabilities amongst others; and to promote Citizen’s engagement in development and implementation of Legislative and policy frame works on Economic Social and Cultural Human Rights and specific application.
The success of the project is anchored on the following outputs: Participatory Consultative meetings with Stakeholders including duty bearers and representatives from target groups for action planning, mapping and human rights charter development; Public awareness campaigns on all human rights and specific application of ESCRs targeting youth, school clubs, men, women, duty bearers, PWD amongst others; Capacity building of Human right monitors/paralegals, Duty bearers on the content of ESCRs and CSO network in Kilifi County(stakeholder involvement), Development of IEC materials in relation to human rights in relation to the constitution, media coverage, documentation of lessons learnt and video documentary and Organizing learning platforms in Kilifi County on various aspects of policy and legislation bringing together CSOs and policy makers.
Influencing the inclusion of significant Reproductive Health budget in AOP and financing of health projects by devolved funding structures
This is a 6 month project that aims at improving reproductive health service delivery and accessibility. The project focuses on maternal and infant health, with the overall objective being to contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates in Kenya.
The specific objective of the action is to influence key health policy decision makers in Kilifi District to prioritise issues affecting maternal and neonatal health by increasing budget allocations to interventions that reverse the negative trends for Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 in the 2012/13 district health budget.
It is implemented in partnership with family health options Kenya – Mombasa branch, moving the goal posts – Kilifi, and Coast women in development.
The project envisages an increased budget allocation to maternal health issues in the 2012/13 Kilifi budget, an informed and engaged citizenry that has more information on maternal health issues in Kilifi, and an established network of NSAs advocating for provision of improved maternal and child health services in Kilifi.