Florence Machio

RH Reality Check, Africa

Florence Machio is a journalist writing from Kenya. She has experience in reproductive health, global health and human rights and will be reporting on reproductive health in Africa.


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Suffering in Silence Has to Stop

Florence Machio

The lack of security for women at the time of political unrest in Kenya meant that many women could not access medical help and saw no hope in reporting crimes against them.

The Tribe Called Woman

Florence Machio

Since the crisis in Kenya began, I haven't yet heard of a woman who picked up a machete and killed her neighbor. As in many conflict-ridden places in the world, women stand out as victims as well as the ones who are looking for peaceful means to resolve the situation.

HIV Crisis Looms in Kenya Amid Political Crisis

Florence Machio

Efforts to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS are about to go to waste in Kenya, if the current political crisis is not dealt with fast. Widespread sexual violence, displacement, and lack of access to providers are all contributing to the spread of the disease.

Preparing to Vote? Remember African Women

Florence Machio

As you American readers prepare to vote for President in November, please remember the women of Africa. Never has the American debate over abortion become clearer to us in Africa than during the Bush administration.

How Will Africa Protect the Next Generation?

Florence Machio

African governments are still taking donor funding for HIV prevention with conditions that they know do not work -- and youth are stuck with inadequate information about how to prevent themselves from the consequences of sex.

Panties with Power

Florence Machio

The new Panty Power campaign targeting Burma's military dictatorship is just one example of the creative methods women use to demand change.

13 Million African Women

Florence Machio

The African Women Development Fund launched the 13 Campaign based on the 2004 UNAIDS report stating that 13.1 million African women were infected with HIV.

Beyond Donor Support: Safe Motherhood in Kenya

Florence Machio

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Florence Machio, a journalist writing from Kenya. She has experience in reproductive health, global health and human rights and will be reporting on reproductive health in Africa.

2007 is the halfway mark to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, one of which focuses on reduction of maternal mortality by 2015. It also marks nine years since the World Health Organization's 1998 statement declared safe motherhood a human right, yet contraception is far from being available in many parts of the world.

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