Nelly Munyasia is the Executive Director for the Reproductive Health Network in Kenya, a network of trained health care providers, who are passionate about ensuring the provision of quality comprehensive reproductive health information and services. I am a trained Nurse/Midwife, a Health Systems and Policy Expert, a Global Award winning Sexual and Reproductive Health Provider Champion and an advocate for human rights.
Nelly is passionate about protecting reproductive health rights, including safe and legal abortion for vulnerable and marginalized girls and women including the LGBTIQ community as a way of ensuring gender equality and realization of their full potential in life.
At RHNK, Nelly has overseen the expansion and growth of the network through training service providers and establishing community linkages with community gatekeepers and local policymakers for advocacy purposes. She has grown the network to a membership of over 600 health care providers that have supported the realization of a healthy society with comprehensive reproductive health services. Under her leadership, RHNK has developed and grown a movement of young people who are instrumental in the realization of the organization’s mission.
Nelly has successfully engaged at the national, regional and international advocacy forums that advocate for policy change and gender equality in the provision of sexual and reproductive health services. She received the 2020 Planned Parenthood Global Citizen Award in recognition for outstanding leadership and unwavering advocacy for access to safe and legal abortion. She serves as a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Covid-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses and Nurse-Midwives (AAN) and as a Board member Western Kenya LBQT Feminist Forum. She is a member of the SheDecide’s Kenya coordinating committee and the National Nurses Association of Kenya and was also a member of the ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Local Reference Group.