Safeguarding services during the crisis
When Covid-19 measures were put in place in Kenya at the end of March, the government prioritised Covid-19 preparedness and care. As in other countries, providers were afraid that safe abortion services and other reproductive health care would be considered less essential. RHNK seized the opportunity of their strong collaboration with the Ministry of Health by providing technical contributions to the development of the national Guidelines for continuity of reproductive, maternal, newborn and family planning care and services during Covid-19. These Guidelines now include a section on Post Abortion Care, safeguarding that these services can continue during this crisis.
At the same time, Covid-19 has disrupted much of RHNK’s work, as they are no longer able to conduct physical activities such as trainings, advocacy meetings, community dialogues and support sessions with their providers. Covid-19 also fills providers with fear of contracting the virus, and like in other countries, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been lacking. Support from Planned Parenthood Global and Rutgers ensured that RHNK could distribute minimum packs of PPE and other products to its providers. Driven by the firm belief that every Kenyan has the right to health care, RHNK staff and providers never ceased to deliver services to their clients and even in these unprecedented times.