Citizen-led Accountability

Adolescents & Youth

Self-Care

Respectful Maternity Care

Midwives & Midwifery

History & Mission

White Ribbon Alliance Kenya (WRA Ken­­ya) was founded in 2009 to ensure that all Kenyan women realize their rights to a safe pregnancy and childbirth. We’ve grown to help citizens recognize their rights and hold the government accountable for commitments made to reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health.

Challenge

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was introduced in Kenya in 2018 to ensure all Kenyans have access to essential quality health care without suffering financial hardship and leave no one behind. However, citizens – including those most vulnerable – have not been engaged in shaping UHC policy to date.

Solution

The promise of UHC will only be realized when the self-expressed needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations are well-understood, explicitly prioritized, and acted upon. Through working closely with adolescents girls and people living with disabilities, we can ensure citizen engagement and social accountability to improve UHC principles of quality, equity and dignity (QED) at the point of service delivery and influence long-term, system-wide change.

Our Strategy

WRA Kenya strives to mobilize citizens to advocate for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes while demanding accountability for commitments made by decision-makers. Our 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan consolidates our learning, brings in new approaches and refreshes our vision to address the changing realities of girls and women in Kenya.

Current Campaigns

WRA Kenya is currently involved in several campaigns to raise awareness of the results from the What Women Want Campaign and is working to achieve Universal Health Coverage in Kenya.

UHC For ME

In 2019, WRA Kenya deepened their commitment to “Leave No One Behind” with the launch of their UHC for Me campaign.  The UHC for Me campaign is working to ensure the evolving national Universal Health Coverage (UHC) system in Kenya reflects and responds to community desires, prioritizing the most vulnerable and marginalized populations, such as adolescent girls and people with disabilities. The project

Revolutionizing What Women Want: Demands for Quality Healthcare from Women and Girls

Following the highly successful 2019 What Women Want campaign, WRA Kenya committed to ensuring women, girls’ and other key populations’ top demands for quality healthcare are heard and acted upon by decision makers.  In 2020, WRA Kenya is working to launch a digital platform, thus providing people the power to not only set the course of their own health, but their nation’s. The platform will offer unparalleled ability to reach and solicit opinions of women and girls, connect them with each other as well as advocates and decision-makers, and generate real-time feedback on how their voices are making a difference.

Our Impact

2019

  • The global What Women Want campaign culminated to see Kenya take it to almost all counties, hearing from nearly 120,000 women and girls about what quality maternal and reproductive health care meant to them. Their top three requests were improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), respectful and dignified care, and menstrual health. For more information, visit the What Women Want Kenya Report.
  • WRA Kenya was highly successful engaging digital and mainstream media through countless interviews including ones with the BBC World News and BBC Kiswahili Radio.

2018

  • White Ribbon Alliance Kenya hosted the first national dialogue in Nairobi, Kenya for the Improving Maternal Health Measurement Capacity and Use (IMHM) project. During the meeting participants identified core ending preventable maternal mortality indicators that stakeholders would like to see monitored in Kenya and the barriers to doing so. The information gathered during the meeting will be used to identify gaps and determine advocacy opportunities to elevate the EPMMM agenda in Kenya  
  • ‘Girls Not Mothers campaign’ called upon stakeholders to act to end the high rate of adolescent pregnancies in the country, denying hundreds of girls from reaching their potential.

2017

  • The Our Voices Project ensured that adolescents, young women and girls could effectively engage with duty bearers around reproductive, maternal and adolescent health issues. By collecting and amplifying young people’s voices through youth accountability teams, we increased engagement between adolescents and county government and RMNCAH service providers to address their needs.

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Gallery

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: On #ZeroTolerance4FGM day, we joined Kajiado county by mentoring 500 schoolgirls in the county on the power of education.

Angel Nguku, Executive Director of WRA Kenya, speaks at the launch of Kenya’s What Women Want results.

WRA Kenya and members of the WRA Global Secretariat celebrate the launch of Kenya’s What Women Want results. Kenyan women and girls’ top demands included access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Respectful & Dignified Care, and provision of menstrual hygiene products.

WRA Kenya and members of the WRA Global Secretariat celebrate the launch of Kenya’s What Women Want results. Kenyan women and girls’ top demands included access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Respectful & Dignified Care, and provision of menstrual hygiene products.

WRA Kenya and members of the WRA Global Secretariat celebrate the launch of Kenya’s What Women Want results. Kenyan women and girls’ top demands included access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Respectful & Dignified Care, and provision of menstrual hygiene products.

WRA Kenya met with GS team members to discuss governance strategies in order to ensure that 2019 brings more country level impact for women and girls in Kenya. From left to right: Angel Katusia, Sylvia Achieng, Matilda Timpiyian, Antonina Mukedi, Ruthie Bryant, Angela Nguku, Betsy McCallon and Nancy Mwangi.

WRA Kenya met with GS team members to discuss governance strategies in order to ensure that 2019 brings more country level impact for women and girls in Kenya. From left to right: Angel Katusia, Sylvia Achieng, Matilda Timpiyian, Antonina Mukedi, Ruthie Bryant, Angela Nguku, Betsy McCallon and Nancy Mwangi.

WRA Kenya met with GS team members to discuss governance strategies in order to ensure that 2019 brings more country level impact for women and girls in Kenya. From left to right: Angel Katusia, Sylvia Achieng, Matilda Timpiyian, Antonina Mukedi, Ruthie Bryant, Angela Nguku, Betsy McCallon and Nancy Mwangi.

In 359 partners asked nearly 1.2 million women and adolescent girls in 114 countries: what is your top request for your maternal and reproductive healthcare? Led by White Ribbon Alliance Kenya, nearly 120,000 of these demands were gathered in Kenya alone through the tireless efforts of “citizen journalists” and volunteers asking about and amplifying the needs of women in their communities.

In 359 partners asked nearly 1.2 million women and adolescent girls in 114 countries: what is your top request for your maternal and reproductive healthcare? Led by White Ribbon Alliance Kenya, nearly 120,000 of these demands were gathered in Kenya alone through the tireless efforts of “citizen journalists” and volunteers asking about and amplifying the needs of women in their communities.

In 359 partners asked nearly 1.2 million women and adolescent girls in 114 countries: what is your top request for your maternal and reproductive healthcare? Led by White Ribbon Alliance Kenya, nearly 120,000 of these demands were gathered in Kenya alone through the tireless efforts of “citizen journalists” and volunteers asking about and amplifying the needs of women in their communities.

One woman shares her story and experience with maternal health care. 2018 and 2019 were dedicated to asking What Women Want, and 2020 will be dedicated to making sure these demands are met.

One woman shares her story and experience with maternal health care. 2018 and 2019 were dedicated to asking What Women Want, and 2020 will be dedicated to making sure these demands are met.

One woman shares her story and experience with maternal health care. 2018 and 2019 were dedicated to asking What Women Want, and 2020 will be dedicated to making sure these demands are met.

More than 9% of women surveyed in Kenya listed Respectful and Dignified Care as their #1 ask for What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care.

More than 9% of women surveyed in Kenya listed Respectful and Dignified Care as their #1 ask for What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care.

More than 9% of women surveyed in Kenya listed Respectful and Dignified Care as their #1 ask for What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care.

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Thank you to our partners

Amref Health Africa Kenya

Christian Aid

Centre for Health solutions

Deliver For Good

Evidence for Action

Health NGOs Network (HENNET)

Hewlett Foundation

MetaKenya

OAYouth Kenya

Open Society Foundation

Contact Us

Angela Nguku

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku is the Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya. She has 14 years of dedicated experience working toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and adolescent health in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.

Angela has worked for AAHI, AMREF, a Christian Aid-led global consortium, and as an Independent Technical and Advocacy Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, as well as an international trainer, mentor and coach.

A passionate midwife, Angela advocates for accountability for the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents and youth, and for midwives’ voices to be heard. She is an advisory member of the People’s Voice Advisory Board of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDGs Era, the Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan, and the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya. In addition, she is a task force member of the CSO Coordination Group of the Global Financing Facility in Kenya, as well as the Kenya SDGs Forum.

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Angela Nguku

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

anguku@whiteribbonalliance.org

+254 734 898 360

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