Reproductive maternal newborn child adolescent health network (RMNCAH) is a youth group in Bungoma county that advocates health for teens mothers and child health.
RAMNCAH network comprises of Civil society organizations (CSOs) and media practisioners was established last year with an aim of advocating health problems in Bungoma county.
Speaking to the press during a two day workshop that was held at Save the children offices in Bungoma, Fred Wanyonyi an executive in Rural Empowerment Development Organization (REDO) said that youths should understand county budgeting process so that they set their priorities in advocating for their issues.
“This workshop in very important for RMNCAH network to understand the budgeting process so that the network can priorities right in advocating for good health in the county,” stated Wanyonyi.
In his address, Samuel Nakitare chairman RAMNCAH network said that the main aim of him forming a network is to advocate for mother and child health.
He added that many teen mothers face a tough times after the have given birth in hospitals and it’s high time the network will be chip in and solve some of some difficult issues.
His sentiments were reiterated by Susan Sindani treasurer RAMNCAH network who urged youths to come together and advocate for one common issue of teen mothers, teen pregnancy and newborn issues.
Sindani urged both the county government, National government and other organizations to collaborate with RAMNCAH network and better the life of teen mothers.
She blamed the county government for turning a deaf ear to youths issues saying that they have been seeking assistance from the county government but their efforts have bore no fruits.
” The county government should be on the forefront to prioritize health issues in the county, our Network is still young we expect full support from the government and other organizations,” she said.
Rahma Issa a member from Bungoma youth connect (BYC) said that they have partnered with RAMNCAH network to ensure that the advocate for the life of mother and child health.
She noted that BYC does many projects in Bungoma including blood drives in health facilities and donation of sanitary pads for adolescent teens in schools.
” As a network we disburse sanitary pads to our adolescent girls and do blood drives for in health facilities to help those involved in grisly road accidents,” she noted.