Modern Family Planning is arguably one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century. It enables couples to choose the timing, number and spacing of children, and prevents pregnancy and birth complications that are a leading cause of death for women in sub-Saharan Africa. However, over 1 in 5 women in Africa who want family planning are unable to access it.
We believe focussing our efforts in some of the world’s most fragile rural areas, where there is unmet need and limited access to health services as well as huge pressure on natural resources, is the best investment we can make for families, communities and the environment.
Kadogo was married at 12 or 13 to an older man of around 40 who died last year. She is now a single mother of nine, two of whom have died. It is only now, with the arrival of family planning services to her village, that Josephine has access to contraception for the first time.
“I’m championing family planning to the rest of the women in the village. The moment you stop having children, you have the strength to go and do so many other activities, rather than just being pregnant and breast feeding.”
To date, CHASE Africa has funded the provision of over 260,000 family planning services to women in Kenya and Uganda.
CHASE Africa believe that every individual has the right to health, where standards and conditions are in place to provide the highest attainable standard of health under the principles of availability, acceptability, affordability and quality.
We work through partners in Kenya and Uganda, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, to support community-led initiatives in fragile rural environments where there is very limited access to primary health services. A core component of our model is our mobile outreach clinics, where on average, over 1000 services are provided in that one day.
Our partners use every means possible to reach rural communities with family planning and healthcare. When road conditions allow, clinic staff will travel using a 4×4, but in mountainous areas or where terrain is otherwise challenging, camels are often used.
We operate in fragile rural environments, where biodiversity is under pressure from human activity. Our partners, along with the communities they work in, identify local environmental issues and develop community-led responses to tackle these.
In Kenya, we have been helping combat environmental degradation through forest restoration in national parks and tree planting in schools – as a sustainable means to generate income and provide sustainable firewood, ensuring families have access to essential fuel and protect integrity of indigenous forests.