MATERNAL NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMME
On 19th July 2018, the foundation launched the maternal newborn and child health programme in Lamu County. The programme aims at increasing access to and uptake of quality maternal and child health services in Lamu County.
Maternal Mortality in Kenya is still high and is a worrying trend. Kenya is among the countries with highest burden of maternal deaths (362 per 100,000) in the world. There exists huge disparities between the various Counties with 15 out of 47 counties accounting for 98.7%. Out of the 15 Counties, six Counties contribute to more than 50% of the maternal mortality, Lamu County being one of them.
The programme is seeking to reduce the maternal mortality rate by improving access to maternal and child health.
The following are the key programme objectives:
- Improve access for maternal and child health services through infrustrure improvement, refrall system, mama packs, capacity building of healthcare workers and outreach services.
- Increase demand for maternal and child health services through reviving community health units, capacity building of community health volunteers, community engagment through opinion leaders, incentivise and monitoring of community health workers.
- Advocate for improved maternal and child services through establishment of Lamu County maternal and child health stakeholder forum/technical working group, identication and engaging in key maternal and child health issues.