• Feminism

    Living (HIV) Positively

    Jasinta lives with the knowledge that she has HIV. She was diagnosed in 2009 but kept it a secret, even from her husband. ‘I lived in stigma and denial’, she told me. The stigma of HIV is a big problem here in Kenya. Newly diagnosed patients find that their neighbours and friends turn away from them and their customers shun their businesses. It is a lonely life for many Kenyans with HIV. When she discovered she was pregnant, a year after her her diagnosis, she went to the local health clinic. She was lucky that the clinic she visited was one that offered a support group for mothers with HIV. She…

  • Kenya

    Kenya Blog Hop – Kick Off

    This is advance information for all bloggers, Join in the Blog Hop on TUES 19th June 2012 Help raise awareness of the  120 million+ women in developing countries who wish to use modern family planning methods, but cannot access them. The effects of this are far reaching and devastating, not only for the women and their families, but also for the countries in which they live.   Unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, still births – and over 250,000 maternal deaths yearly   “Every two minutes, a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications, the four most common causes being: severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, and unsafe abortion. Ninety-nine…

  • Kenya

    Kenya – An Offer I Could Not Refuse

    We were driving from the airport to my husband’s home town in Germany when my iPhone pinged, signalling incoming mail. “What on earth is this”, I asked my husband, “Someone is inviting me to Kenya”. “Some kind of project, they contacted me through Jump! Mag. They are impressed by my work and want to take me to Kenya”, I frowned. Opening Safari on my phone, I googled the name of the project, International Reporting Project and clicked on Wikipedia. My eyes widened as I scanned the page. IRP.. gate-keepers… Paul H Nitze School… John Hopkins University… On the IRP website I found this:   The program was created in 1998, making…